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In This Edition
- Aviva Community Fund – Thanks for Your Vote
- Open House - Save the Date
- In Memoriam –Chris McAllister & Frank Christopher
- Ravi receives Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise
- Food Drive poster
- Queen West Art Crawl
- Thanks to Community Partners
Aviva Community Fund Grant Proposal
FYFB would like to thank the hundreds of people who voted for our proposal to the Aviva Community Fund to secure a grant to renovate the food bank. To learn more about our project proposal, all you need to do is visit www.avivacommunityfund.org (search FYFB to find our project proposal) or use the following link:
FYFB invites you to join us at our open house on Wednesday, November 23 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. The annual open house provides donors and community members an opportunity to meet FYFB board members and volunteers and learn more about the ways we serve the community. The event takes place at FYFB, located at 797 Dundas St. W., just west of Bathurst St. No need to RSVP, simply drop in. Attire is casual. A buffet dinner will be served.
FYFB was extremely saddened by the recent passing of longtime volunteer Chris McAllister. Chris, who was head of FYFB's Steering Committee, volunteered for FYFB for most of the past decade and provided an invaluable service to FYFB and its clients.
"I had the pleasure of working with Chris for approximately 8 years," said Mike Schoonheyt, FYFB's Program Manager. "To say that I am shocked and saddened is an understatement. He was one of the kindest and most gentle men I've ever met. A very intelligent man that gave me many hours of interesting conversation and friendship. We discussed everything from philosophy to movies (a passion for both of us).
"Chris was caring, conscientious and extremely reliable. He had my full trust and the keys to FYFB. The clients and volunteers all cared for and respected him for his fairness and easy going manner. I believe we rarely get to meet someone like Chris in our life time. He was the genuine article possessing not one iota of pretentiousness.
I will keep with me all of the great memories of our relationship and all that he has taught me about how to view life. You will not be forgotten Chris and will stay within our hearts. Rest in peace my friend."
FYFB also mourns the recent passing of conscientious volunteer Frank Christopher, who served in the capacity of Client Services for more than three years.
"He exuded confidence, dependability, and was well liked by everyone," said Margaret Cantwell, FYFB's Volunteer Coordinator. "He will be missed."
"He was an actor, writer, director, producer, poet, artist, stuntman and tax accountant, as well as being a conscientious volunteer at the food bank," said Frank's friend Cheryl Taylor.
A voracious reader, sports fan and traveller, Cheryl said Frank will be missed by many.
"Frank had many friends, some dating back several decades. He was a very good person - trustworthy, loyal, kind and extremely caring. Frank is missed by a lot of people and will be remembered and in their hearts forever."
Ravi Receives Paul Harris Fellow
FYFB's founder, treasurer, and volunteer board director Ravi Sreedharan was recently honoured by the Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise as its Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International's highest recognition for community service. The recognition is given in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. Ravi was honoured to receive the recognition from fellow FYFB volunteer and board director and Rotary member Bob Butteril.
FYFB Food Drive Poster for Your Event
To those considering conducting a food drive to support FYFB, we have recently developed a new poster that can be used to draw attention to your efforts. Simple and visually appealing, the poster briefly notes the ways in which donations will help the local community. In order to obtain a PDF of the poster for printing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen West Art Crawl
FYFB continues to raise awareness among the local community through its presence at the annual Queen West Art Crawl in Trinity Bellwoods Park, this year held October 1 and 2. This year, generous participants donated more than $700 to FYFB. Thanks to the volunteers and directors, notably Kelvin Ngan, for representing FYFB during the weekend festival. Thanks also to the Queen West Art Crawl, a charitable organization that features a weekend long festival of creativity and community designed to celebrate and promote the art, culture and diversity of Queen West.
FYFB Expresses Thanks to Community Partners
Every year since 2009, Bloomberg LP has been providing a grant to FYFB in support of World Food Day. This year, we were grateful recipients of a $4,500 contribution that will be applied to our Food Purchase Fund. This fund is used to supplement food donations with purchases to provide our clients with a more fulsome basket of groceries to take home.
FYFB wishes to express its appreciation to Bloomberg and the many other Corporate and community donors, including both new and old partners for their donation of time and money:
If you are interested in volunteering at FYFB either one day or on a regular basis as a corporate group, please contact Margaret@fyfb.com. For info on how to become a community partner, please write email@example.com. To make a donation, click here. To volunteer, click here.
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