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In Remembrance - Jim Ward

FYFB celebrates the life and legacy of co-founder Charles James "Jim" Ward who passed away on April 2.

Jim was a larger than life force in FYFB's early years and helped establish the strong core of values and culture of respect than define our agency today.

Connects spoke to Jim's friends and colleagues about his contributions to FYFB and the lasting imprint of his leadership.

"Jim had such an impact on how we do things here at FYFB. He trained me and, to me, Jim's way will always be the right way."
~ FYFB Volunteer Margaret Cantwell

» » Read about Jim's contributions to FYFB here.

McCarthy Tetrault giftMcCarthy Tétrault Team with TTC Blitz Chair Asher Lai
From left to right: Asher Lai, Sharon Wilmot, Jennifer Pyke, Jennifer Brent, Frank Davis (James Miglin not present)

Toronto Commuters Change the Value of Change

On April 3 FYFB held its third annual TTC Blitz, with dedicated volunteers asking commuters at downtown subway stations to spare some change to help feed the hungry. This year commuters were even more generous than in the past - donating a total of more than $10,900 to support FYFB's programs.

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Strike Out Hunger

You can help Strike Out Hunger in downtown Toronto by bowling in FYFB's 4th Annual Bowlathon on Thursday, May 29. Registering a team is as simple as clicking on this link and signing up a few friends online. If you don't have a team, you can join online and we'll put you on a team of FYFB friends who share your commitment to help people in need. And even if you can't bowl you pledge a bowler online by following this link to our donations page at Canada Helps.

Want to learn more? Click here to read Connects' interview with Lora Patton, Team Captain of last year's championship team the "Gutter Gods" and the fun students, faculty and alumni from Osgoode Hall Law School had in supporting this important cause.

We have lots of photos from last years event -- click here.

FYFB Profiles New Directors

FYFB welcomed four new directors to the board at the AGM. Last month we profiled Shannon Puddister and Will Avery and this month it's David Angelo and Susan McNerney.

Susan McNerney

Susan joined the board in 2008 and her role is Interim Treasurer while Will Avery is on secondment in Australia. Outside FYFB Susan is working on bringing a themoplastic, composite vertical axis wind turbine to market. Of her work she says "I'm basically trying to do my part to ensure the Polar Bears have access to food."

She decided to get involved with FYFB, because, as she says, "It's not all about Polar Bears, the right to have access to food is not species specific. Without nutrition there is no health, no energy for relationships, for learning, for working, or for independence. Food is life." Her friend and fellow new board member David Angelo recommended getting involved with FYFB.

Susan's goal as a board member is to get to know the people who are served by FYFB, find out what their needs are and discover ways to satisfy those needs. She particularly appreciates that FYFB is operated by volunteers and that it offers a variety of services to those in need in the community.

Outside FYFB she enjoys spending time with family and the animals as well as cooking, skiing, swimming, reading, wood walks and city walks and learning new things.

David Angelo

David joined the board in 2008 but is a long-time friend of FYFB in various ways, including having the Mabin School make donations of food, participating in the Bowlathon and donating art to FYFB's table at the Queen West Art Crawl. David says that more than anything, he was inspired to get more involved while driving by the foodbank during the day and seeing how well visited the food bank was. He has deep roots in FYFB's neighborhood and says "I see the great work and services FYFB provides to our community and it's an honour to be part of that."

Outside FYFB, David is involved with the Muesem of Canadian Contemporary Art, as well as the Toronto School of the Arts. He's a consultant for Strategic Management as well as assisting with a wind energy company start up.

David is working on renovating an old house and enjoys spending as much time as possible with family, watching baseball and looking at art.

Ways to Get Involved at FYFB

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