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, MLA Rossmere
June 11, 2013

Transcona Food Bank

Mr. Speaker, in each of our communities there are people who go above and beyond for the betterment of society. Today, I would like to recognize all those, past and present, who have dedicated their time and efforts to volunteering with the Transcona Food Bank. Their service helps families in our community live happy and healthy lives.

In 1988, Mave Dickson, an active member of the Transcona Memorial United Church, wanted to make a difference in her community. She initiated the Transcona Food Bank in her church basement. Having celebrated 25 years, the volunteer-run organization is still owned and operated by the Transcona Memorial United Church on Yale Avenue West. Over the years, the organization has built strong and lasting relationships with schools, churches, businesses and families throughout northeast Winnipeg. These relationships have resulted in a more connected and engaged community.

The dedication of Transcona Food Bank’s outstanding volunteers is proof that Manitobans believe all people deserve a high quality of life. These volunteers provide a warm and welcoming environment where families or individuals can gather to receive support and nutritious food when times are tough.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to realize their potential and so the Manitoba Government supports 11 food security-related projects throughout Winnipeg. There is more to do and I hope the compassion of the Transcona Food Bank volunteers will serve as inspiration for us all. Together, we can work toward a better future for all Manitobans.

Mr. Speaker, today we are joined by several executive members of the Transcona Food Bank. They are Mave Dickson, Reverend Carol Fletcher, Bob and Louise Buchanan as well as Midge and Don Barry. I would like to ask all Members of the Legislative Assembly to join me in thanking and congratulating them and all the volunteers, past and present, who have dedicated their efforts to this organization. Thank you for your service to the families in our community.