Some 26 years ago, as her youngest of three children headed into Grade 1, Richmond Hill’s Brenda Ewart took a part-time job as manager of the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank.
“Our family attended Richmond Hill United Church where the food bank was located at the time, and the minister suggested I apply for the job,” explained Ewart, stating one attraction was she could be home before her children returned from school.
But what started as a job, has become a passion and has consumed far more hours each week than originally forecast, and has pulled in her husband, Bob, as well. Although she has been paid, both have donated many volunteer hours over the years to what has become a labour of love for both.
“Bob had his eyes opened and so did the kids to the need for the food bank,” explained Ewart. “And the volunteers have become my friends, my family. Some have volunteered longer than I’ve been here!” Read more.