Nation Valley News
NORTH DUNDAS — Many North Dundas workers enjoyed a classic and delicious brown bag lunch yesterday, May 7, courtesy of Community Living Dundas County and Winchester Foodland.
For the past 10 years CLDC has provided employees within local businesses the opportunity to purchase a brown bag lunch prepared by the deli department at Winchester Foodland.
Community Living Support Worker, Marianne Vanderlaan, insists that the campaign is “not a fundraiser.”
“It’s more of a thank you to our community and to promote awareness,” Vanderlaan explained.
“It’s the way we celebrate Community Living Month,” she added.
The six-person crew split up into two groups and delivered 140 orders to over 25 businesses.
“One of our helpers — Andrea Bridges — was surprised at all the small businesses that she’d never been in, in our small community,” said Vanderlaan.
Jack and Ashley are two veteran helpers.
“Jack and Ashley have been doing it for years. They really enjoy seeing the same friendly face every year,” Vanderlaan expressed.
They delivered to South Mountain, Winchester, and Chesterville.
The lunches were picked up at Foodland at 9 a.m. and the last delivery was made at 12:01 p.m.
Although they’ve been told numerous times that they should “do this weekly”, it’s just too much work for them to organize.
CLDC would like to also take this opportunity to thank Dan Pettigrew and all of his dedicated employees for all of their hard work on this initiative every year.
“We would like to thank Dan for supporting us for the last 4 years. We were sad that he was busy and unable to there this morning when we picked up the lunches. We would have loved to thank him in person and have a photo taken with him,” said the CLDC employee.
South Dundas employees will receive their brown bag lunches later this month. Lunches will be prepared by the MacIntosh Inn, Morrisburg.
Community Living supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in several communities in the Dundas County area.
Their slogan is ‘inspiring possibilities’.
May is Community Living Month which is celebrated province-wide.
Community Living Dundas County is currently participating in an Ontario-wide initiative called Shine a Light on Community Living commenced late last week.
Businesses and residents are asked to shine a blue or green light on their building or house to show their support.
For more information on this campaign please call Community Living Dundas County, 613-543-3737.
Below are images taken in front of a few of the participating businesses: