One of the longest-serving volunteer groups at Winnipeg Harvest is a monthly visit from the staff of Air Canada’s Winnipeg offices.
Consisting today of around a dozen people, the Air Canada volunteers have been making us part of their community for more than 20 years. In fact, they’ve been participating for so long that our records don’t go back far enough to find out when they actually started.
Karen Gladu has been Air Canada’s volunteer group coordinator for the last decade and says it’s something the whole team looks forward to every single month.
“When I send out the reminder email, the responses are always of excitement,” said Gladu. “It doesn’t matter if we’re stamping envelopes or sorting produce, all of us know that we’re making an impact as part of what Winnipeg Harvest does.”
In addition to monthly visits to Winnipeg Harvest, the Air Canada volunteers have also worked as game-day volunteers at Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose and Winnipeg Blue Bombers games.
“Every time we’re here we end up meeting someone new,” said Gladu. “And usually it’s someone who knows how to sort or stack or stamp better than we do and we end up learning how to be better at it. You always learn from the people you meet here.”