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City of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, centre, presents Sophie Brown-Graham, left, beside the mayor, with a certificate of appreciation for submitting the winning design in the Stittsville Food Bank’s logo contest, as they are surrounded by, from left, Holy Spirit Catholic School teacher Michelle Babb; Holy Spirit Catholic School principal Caroline Tarrant; Stittsville Food Bank past chair Robin Derrick; Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri; Sophie’s mother Julie Harrison; Food Bank vice-chair Ayah Stretch; Holy Spirit Catholic School teacher Christine Pepin; William Brown-Graham; and Sophie’s father Damion Brown-Graham.

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City of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, centre, presents Jacob Tysick, left, beside the mayor, with a certificate of appreciation for being the second runner-up in the Stittsville Food Bank’s logo contest as they are surrounded by, from left, Food Bank treasurer Wayne Beaten; Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri; Emma Tysick, in front, to the right of the mayor; Scott Tysick; Nadine Tysick; and Food Bank vice-chair Ayah Stretch.

News - The Stittsville Food Bank has a new logo. The new logo was the result of a recent contest conducted by the Food Bank involving youth from the community. The top three winning entries in the logo contest were unveiled and their creators honoured at the Food Bank’s second annual Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Evening on Monday, May 26 at the Bistro 54 Restaurant at Amberwood. It was the logo design submitted by Sophie Brown-Graham, a student at Holy Spirit Catholic School in Stittsville, which was the winning entry in the logo contest. The first runner-up in the contest was Kate Calhoun, a student at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in Stittsville. The logo design which was the second runner-up in the contest was that submitted by Jacob Tysick, a student at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in Stittsville. City of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson and city of Ottawa Stittsville ward councillor Shad Qadri were on hand to formally present certificates of appreciation to the three winners in the logo contest. In her remarks at the Appreciation Evening, Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri noted that 2013 saw some changes at the Food Bank. While the Food Bank served 92 families at Christmas time, this year a delivery service was implemented to make the situation easier for the recipients. There was some question about how long it would take to make 92 deliveries, with some estimates of two days or more. But thanks to the efforts and energy of the Food Bank volunteers, all of the deliveries were completed by 3 p.m. on the very first delivery day.

Besides implementing the deliveries at Christmas, the Food Bank also came up with the idea of decorating the boxes in which the Christmas hampers were delivered. Youngsters brought in boxes decorated for Christmas. Stittsville Sobeys opened up a back room at the store for a Christmas wrapping night for the boxes. Guide Guides wrapped up boxes, leaving messages on the boxes for the recipients. Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri pointed out the consistent work of volunteers, from heavy lifting to mopping floors to taking out the garbage. She compared it to working in a grocery store where there is always lots of work to do. She explained that sorting out the different food items and making note of expiry dates on the items are important for the Food Bank. She praised Scout leaders like Kevin Chappell and Mike Ledder who are involved in organizing two food drives each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, with both the Scouting and Guiding organizations taking part. She also praised the community’s churches, schools and many residents who donate food to the Food Bank to help keep the shelves from going bare. Food Bank Chair Ms. Qadri noted the efforts of the Goulbourn Male Chorus and its director Robert Dueck for donating funds to the Food Bank. Such donations help the Food Bank in buying fresh produce, dairy and meat, she noted. She noted as well that this year the Food Bank received $2,000 in Toys ‘R Us gift cards for distribution at Christmas time in 2013. The Food Bank also received another $2,000 donation for the purchase of clothes and food for some of the group homes that the Stittsville Food Bank helps out.

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