Employees of N.Dundas businesses ‘brown bagged it’ yesterday thanks to CLDC and Winchester Foodland

Above, Storm Internet Services and MB Foster employees (l-r) Dan MacDonald, Ann Vanderlind, Pam DeJong, CLDC Support Individual Ashley, Christie, and Nancy Collins all purchased brown bag lunches in support of Community Living Dundas County. Smith photo Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
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.

ABove, The CLDC Supportive Individuals at Winchester Foodland to pick up the lunches yesterday. Courtesy photo

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.

Above, CLDC representatives pose with Foodland deli employee. Courtesy photo

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.

Above, Cart-loads of lunches were prepared by Winchester Foodland employees. Courtesy photo

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:

Above, CLDC reps in front of D’s Collision, Winchester. Courtesy photo

Above, CLDC reps in front of The Co-operators building, Winchester. Courtesy photo

CLDC reps in front of the Township of N. Dundas office. Courtesy photo

CLDC reps pose with BMO employees, Winchester. Courtesy photo

CLDC reps in front of Ault & Ault, Winchester. Courtesy photo

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