Fort York Food Bank. Annual Open House. 21 November 2018.

Volunteer Profile

Michael Anthony Embro
In Remembrance

FYFB mourns the loss of a great friend and volunteer, Mike Embro who passed away on March 3, 2008. Mike was an important member of the FYFB family and will be remembered as a steady daily presence who engaged clients, got people to laugh and took the tension out of difficult situations.

Mike came to FYFB in the summer of 2005 and quickly became an important team member in helping FYFB transition to its new facility. "Mike played a big role in helping move into our new facility," said FYFB program coordinator Mike Schoonheyt. "Anything you wanted from Mike he would give, building shelving in the basement and kitchen and helping with general construction and electrical work."

Long time volunteer Margaret Cantwell worked alongside Mike daily and deeply valued his contributions to the organization. "Mike was gifted and highly skilled, creative and reliable, decisive and supportive, dependable and well liked," Margaret said. "I have spoken with his many acquaintances who all agree; he will be missed."

Mike will best be remembered as the lead volunteer in the food distribution room, working with a broad range of volunteers to help break down preconceived notions about food banks and making people laugh as they prepared food supplies for clients. Mike was well loved by the corporate teams who came in to volunteer, helping remind people to not get too serious about the important work they were doing.

"He liked helping people and enjoyed putting a smile on their faces," Mike Schoonheyt added. "We were lucky to have him for the time we did. We're going to miss him."

photography courtesy of Claire Del Net

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