Once again, our wonderful members and supporters toughed the cold weather to attend the Ottawa Food Bank’s Annual General Meeting on January 21st.
Representatives from Ottawa Food Bank member agencies, colleagues, friends, and associates gathered to discuss the activities and finances of the past year, and to acknowledge the road ahead.
The meeting began with the Chair of the Board, Michael G. Adams, discussing the events and changes that have occurred over the last year.
“I often say that I volunteer with an organization where we wish there was no need for growth, however our usage numbers keep going up.” says Adams. “According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, we could see a record number of people going to food banks in 2013.” With the daunting task of keeping up with demand in mind, Adams closed his report from the Board stating that he is continually grateful for the staff, volunteers, member agencies, and supporters of the Ottawa Food Bank.
The Ottawa Food Bank’s Executive Director, Peter Tilley, then took to the stage and spoke about what it takes to strive for the vision of no one in Ottawa going hungry.
“Of course, none of this happens without the end part of the equation,” says Tilley, “and that’s you, our member agencies, who deliver this valuable service to the community each and every day. Thank you.”
The Keynote Address, by Mayor Jim Watson, was inspirational as he spoke of the amazing people of Ottawa and shared stories that have touched him as he meets more and more members of the community. He went on to discuss the initiatives he and his office have taken to help the Ottawa Food Bank and the issue of hunger in the Ottawa Region, and stated that he encourages the same kind of help from a Provincial and Federal level. The City of Ottawa is the Ottawa Food Bank’s largest single financial supporter.
A big thank you to our member agencies, volunteers, and supporters for another successful year. It was clear at the AGM that all involved were pleased with the past year, and enthusiastic about what’s to come.
For more information about the Ottawa Food Bank’s past year, please refer to the 2011 – 2012 Fiscal Year in Review.
Annual General Meeting 2013