Food Banks Alberta had the opportunity to come together as an Association for the first time in over two years for our Annual Conference, welcoming over 160 members from across the province. Hosted by Mountain View Food Bank in Olds, Alberta, the theme “Together Again” seemed fitting as we gathered for three days of collaboration, training, and thoughtful conversation.
We were also lucky enough to have Kirsten Beadsley, CEO of Food Banks Canada, who delivered an impactful keynote address on Food Banks Canada’s new strategic plan. The plan focuses on five key pillars that address the current priorities and needs of the food bank network in Canada. The pillars are: Advocacy, Impact, Access, Excellence and Engagement.
Our member food banks have been busy – and despite all challenges, they have persevered. Food Banks Alberta celebrated the folks that make our Association thrive – from volunteers, to partners, to the members themselves, at a Banquet and Awards ceremony on Thursday evening.
We also celebrated the departure of our steadfast, supportive, and loyal Board Chair, Doug Tweddle, after 6 years of service. Doug has served our board with a passion that is unlike any other – and, as he shared many times throughout the three days – he does it for the children and families that rely on our member food banks to help make ends meet during tough times.
Doug’s leadership was celebrated by our CEO, Arianna Scott, and his partner Andre. Thank you again, Doug, for all that you do and have done for food banks across the province.
Please join us in celebrating the many tireless volunteers, advocates, and supporters who make our work happen. It is because of these folks, that we were able to gather Together Again.
This year’s Food Banks Alberta Award winners are made up of the following extraordinary individuals in the following categories. Unfortunately, some members were not able to join us at the event, so no photo is available for those winners.
The HUGHES FAMILY AWARD: The Hughes family are lifetime volunteers at the Edmonton Food Bank, and we named this award in their honour.
This award is gifted to up to 10 exceptional volunteers from around Alberta nominated by our members:
- Bruce Erickson
- Nominated by the Three Hills and Area Food Bank.
- Tina Rittinger
- Nominated by the Wild Rose Community Connection.
- Dave Greeno
- Nominated by the Taber Food Bank. Award accepted on behalf of Dave by the Taber Food Bank.
CHANGING THE FACE OF HUNGER: Awarded to a person or organization that has truly gone above and beyond to innovate food banking for whatever reason as a solution to a barrier, a gap, or an issue facing their food bank or community.
- Madi Corry, Program Manager, Campus Food Bank
IN CAHOOTS AWARD: Awarded to a person or company who has partnered with us or our members in making things happen. This is an in-kind donor or partnering agency who has increased the capacity, reach, and efficacy of our members or our organization. This year we awarded two In Cahoots awards:
- Calgary Co-operative
- Harper PR
PHENOMENAL PHILANTHROPIST: Awarded to a corporate donor who has shown provincial support in an ongoing, meaningful, and impactful way.
- Skyline QS Consulting
Through their work with one of our board members, Skyline QS Consulting has dedicated the funds from their annual customer golf tournament to Food Banks Alberta. Their 2nd annual golf tournament is on its way and they look forward to supporting the great work FBA does across the province.
EFB LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Named for the historical importance of the Edmonton Food Bank, this is awarded to an individual who has dedicated a lifetime to food banking whether as a volunteer or a staff. People who have been with organizations for more than a decade, embodying the values important in helping to solve food insecurity in our province, country, and the world.
- Susan Campbell
- Nominated by the Lamont County Food Bank
Unfortunately, Susan was not able to join us at the event, but a member of her Lamont County Food Bank team accepted the award on her behalf.
BEST BUDDY AWARD:
- Barb Reppert, Director
- Nominated by the CEO and the Board of Directors
Barb has been instrumental in the growth and maturity of the Association, and lead the Conference committees for the last three conferences. Barb’s experience, imagination, and enthusiasm ensures that hundreds of members are able to join together to share best practices, innovation, and ideas to improve food banking across Alberta. We celebrate Barb’s tireless efforts on various committees and her authenticity. Her care for people and the community, and her belief in the food banking system is at the core of her values. We celebrate her for the gifts that she brings to the Board of Directors, our members, and the community at large.
Please also join us in recognizing and celebrating our tireless Board of Directors. Throughout the pandemic and beyond, their guidance, dedication, and insight have been irreplaceable. An extra special congratulations to our incoming Board Chair, Eric Motuzas.
Lastly, this conference would not have been possible without our valued sponsors. Thank you for your sponsorship and your investment in ending food insecurity in our communities. As Doug would say, it takes a village to raise a child. Thank you for being part of our community.