edition March 2008
Fort York Food Bank
FYFB is a multi-service agency focused on reconnecting people with our community.
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What's Happening @ FYFB
In Remembrance - Michael Embro
FYFB mourns the loss of a great friend and volunteer, Mike Embro who passed away on March 3.
"Mike was gifted and highly skilled, creative and reliable, decisive and supportive, dependable and well liked"
» » Read about Mike's contributions to FYFB here.
Volunteer Profile - Andrew Colebeck
Andrew Colebeck isn't a donor who shows up in FYFB's financial records but he may, in fact, be our largest donor. Andrew donates his considerable expertise in the world of web design to work with the newsletter committee each month to publish FYFB Connects.
» » Click here to continue reading.
FYFB New Director Profiles
As promised in our February edition, Connects is profiling new FYFB new Board directors. This month we're profiling Shannon Puddister and Will Avery. In April we'll introduce David Angelo and Susan McNerney.
Shannon joined the board this year after working tirelessly on the FYFB special events committee. Shannon is now the co-chair of the special events committee at FYFB in addition to his role as a director.
Of his commitment to volunteer work Shannon says "I've volunteer in a variety of organizations and roles, including fundraising for charities and human rights based organizations. I've also been involved in student, provincial and federal politics. I initially volunteered with FYFB out of a desire to learn more about poverty-related issues. Since joining FYFB as a volunteer, I've come to appreciate the very important role that grassroots organizations have in addressing those issues and helping those in need."
In his life away from FYFB Shannon is beginning his legal career, practicing general civil litigation, prior to which he was involved in the software industry as a consultant and project manager.
Will joined the board this year in answer to FYFB's call for a treasurer. Away from FYFB Will is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and am currently employed with MSCM LLP in Etobicoke.
He got involved with FYFB because "I was looking for an opportunity to get involved with the community by offering up my specific skill set in the hopes that others could benefit."
In addition to keeping track of FYFB's finances, Will enjoys helping out on FYFB's special events committee.
With less than a week to go, FYFB is asking for more volunteers to help with this year's TTC Blitz on Thursday, April 3.
"We've had strong participation from downtown law firms and FYFB directors and friends, but we can still add more volunteers and corporate partners to make this year's event the best ever," said TTC Blitz Chair Asher Lai.
Volunteers will be getting out the word and raising vital funding from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at downtown subway stations. Toronto's legal community is once again making a significant contribution to this important event with corporate teams from Osler Hoskin Harcourt, McCarthy Tétrault, Blakes, Ogilvy Renault and Lerners. Public relations firm Porter Novelli and UofT are also providing volunteer teams. McCarthy Tétrault won last years legal challenge raising $1818.45 at St. Andrews Station and Porter Novelli provided a matching gift to support the efforts of their employees at Bloor & Yonge.
"We are also asking the friends of FYFB to get the word out that we will be in the stations so subway commuters will be ready to donate on their way to work," said Asher. "People can also donate to the TTC Blitz online at fyfb.com."
If you have an hour and a half of your time to volunteer, you can make a tremendous difference in the lives of people in need. Please contact Asher at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what station you can volunteer at.
» » Click here to continue reading and see photos from last year's successful TTC Blitz.
FYFB Annual General Meeting on April 23
The annual general meeting of the members of Fort York Food Bank will be held at 797 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario on April 23, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the annual general meeting is to, among other things, approve the financial statements of FYFB, re-appoint the auditors of FYFB and elect FYFB's directors.
Once again FYFB is inviting you to a fun night of bowling with your friends and colleagues to support FYFB's work. Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 29 and get your team together. You can register your team online at www.fyfb.com.
Click here to continue reading about how you can help Strike Out Hunger in downtown Toronto in this special interview with Lora Patton who led last year's top fundraising team the "Gutter Gods" made up of students, faculty and alumni from Osgoode Hall Law School.
We have lots of photos from last years event -- click here.
Ways to Get Involved at FYFB
Do you know someone who'd be interested in the great work FYFB does?