June 1, 2017

Under unforeseen circumstances, The Community Lunch Box Program had to scramble to find an appropriate candidate to fill the vital role of food Coordinator. 

For the past two months, Pam Helm has taken the reins and has introduced forward thinking ideas that help streamline the many interchangeable and moving parts that holding the position of food coordinator entail.

For instance, she has created a streamlined version of food inventory lists from all six schools as well as Little Big Fort, Boys & Girls Club into one concise, easy to read document.

“Currently, I’m filling a temporary position as...

May 11, 2017

There is nothing glamorous about sorting through thousands of bottles year-round.  It isn’t a pretty sight.  However, that is exactly what one CLB volunteer does every week.

For the past two years, Norm Spooner has been diligently picking up bottles from around Whitecourt from various businesses on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  To get a better understanding of the grueling work that he does, I went for a ride along with him in the Community Lunch Box bottle pick up truck.   

“It’s not as bad as it used to be,” Spooner shared with me, “It’s made a world of difference, ever since the c...

May 4, 2017

Let me begin by asking you, the reader, why volunteer? What is it about volunteering that is so important in today’s world?  It’s my belief that by volunteering, one person can make a great difference. Be the change that you want to see in your community.  For one Community Lunch Box parent volunteer, it’s about being a positive role model for her children

Kelly Romanchuk has been making a difference by being involved with this inclusive community program for five years now by volunteering every Wednesday making lunches at Central School as part of the Program’s lunch initiative.  “I get t...

May 4, 2017

I have always had a vivid imagination, I can still remember as a child reading exciting, vast, sweeping tales of adventure that captured my young mind and made me wonder what stories myself could tell. 

This affinity never went away growing up, after graduating from high school I took a young children's literacy course aimed at getting written pieces published.   The first newspaper article I wrote locally was in 2013, it was an advertorial promoting my piano teaching and general awareness on Asperger’s Syndrome.  

Throughout this time I was actively volunteering in our community, bein...

April 20, 2017

Service before self.  

It’s one of the most selfless acts a person can partake in ­­— helping others without any expectation of reward, monetary gain or formal recognition.   Janice Makowecki is one such person.

Makowecki began her volunteering journey with the Community Lunch Box (CLB) three years ago when she was accepted to join the CLB Society as vice chair.  

“I wanted to get involved with the community again and I like kids.  I think that the divisive program spoke to that vulnerable population and I believed I could do both,” she said.  

“I believed that some of my prior experiences co...

March 30, 2017

This week, I spoke with Michelle Jones, a long-time contributing member of the Community Lunch Box Society. We covered the various challenges, and successes the CLB faces, and her thoughts in general about what this positive initiative means to her.

Michelle stated that some of her duties as a director include helping with volunteering, fundraising activities, attending monthly meetings, having voting rights within the Executive Board and advocating for the program throughout the Whitecourt community.

Jones stated, “As the result of one idea, several others have resulted from it. I love the fact...

March 9, 2017

Running a not-for-profit organization is a tremendous undertaking that takes a team of dedicated individuals to oversee the organization’s continued success.

This week, I sat down with Shannon Konsmo to discuss her role within the Community Lunch Box Society. Her role is a pivotal one. 

For the past two years, she has held the role as the Community Lunch Box treasurer, her invaluable work with the program has been monumental, stating that she previously specialized in working with non-profit organizations. 

The transition, she added, was an easy one. 

“There is a special set of rules for looking a...

March 2, 2017

The partnership with the Community Lunch Box Program and the Whitecourt Social Experience Club is platonic in nature and is a unique one. The Whitecourt Social Experience Club, like the Community Lunch Box, is a non-profit organization. The club’s main mandate is to provide adults with learning barriers a way to engage each other and members in the community in a proactive, inclusive, social way.

Since the Whitecourt Social Experience Club’s inception back in 2011, members of the club have actively partaken in volunteering for the many programs that the Community Lunch Box provides. Selena Kuef...

March 2, 2017

Every year the Community Lunch Box Program hosts a Celebration Night in recognition of our volunteers and the programs continuing success. This year the Dueling Pianos are back Saturday March 4th for another round of rambunctious entertainment, a night that would not be possible without the sponsorships of many community partners.

Eagle River Casino & Travel Plaza is one of those ‘Community Champions’. The sponsorship that Eagle River Casino provides to the Community Lunch Box is an impactful one. The dinner sponsorship is the single biggest donation the Lunch Box receives every year. The spons...

February 16, 2017

I sat down with Mike McSorley, Sales Manager for Whitecourt Eagle River Chrysler to discuss the sponsorship Chrysler has with the Community Lunch Box and feature them as one of our Community Champions. During the next year this will be part of our ongoing effort to become more transparent to our community about how the Lunch Box Program is run.

We began by talking about the Community Lunch Box truck & sponsorship. McSorley said, “We were approached by Tara Baker who talked to myself and Mike Stuckless about the need for a truck. We supplied a truck to the Lunch Box to help collect all the bottl...

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