On October 3rd, the Ottawa Food Bank hosted the second annual Ottawa Food Security Conference at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. A big thank you to all the speakers and attendees who helped to make the conference a success.
This conference, the first of its kind in the City of Ottawa, exists to open the discussion of food security in our city as it affects us all, and to encourage knowledge sharing and professional development.
Thank you to the speakers experiences and expertise with the group. The sessions ranged from talks to interactive experiences to facilitated discussions.
Thank you to the following speakers for adding value to the day:
- Dr. Doug Gruner, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Bruyère Family Medicine Centre, University of Ottawa – Refugee health
- BJ Tycoles – Mental health first aid for the service sector
- Marc Valois, Intersol – Facilitated discussion on best practices and a facilitated discussion on capacity building at food banks of all sizes
- Bonnie Baxter, Registered Dietician – Healthy eating on a fixed income with a focus on planted-based protein
- Adam Janes, Volunteer Ottawa – Volunteer recruitment and strategies for volunteer management
- Mante Molepo, lawyer and human rights advocate – Facilitated discussion on creating an equitable and inclusive space
Also, thank you to the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre for ensureing attendees were well looked after and for being an our gracious sponsor.
Advantage AV and La Simultanée were wonderful vendors to work with for our audio visual and simultaneous translation needs, respectively.
With nearly 100 people in attendance, we were thrilled to have booths set up for delegates to gather even more information. Thank you to CRA – Community Volunteer Income Tax Program and Outreach Services, Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, and Ottawa Public Health for joining us throughout the day.
Just because the conference is over for the year, does not mean the conversation and our efforts toward systemic change are on hold. We will continue to do our part to improve access to healthy food, grow capacity in the food system, cultivate innovation in food banking, and participate in advocacy and social change.
If you’d like to be on the distribution list for future conference details, please contact Anne Millar.