Kevin Anderson

KAPUSKASING – Meals On Wheels volunteers and administrators gathered at North Centennial Manor last Wednesday, to raise awareness for the program during its Community Champions Week.

Among the volunteers were Lee Duquette of the Knights of Columbus – St. Patrick’s Council 8430 and Kapuskasing’s mayor, David Plourde, who has been volunteering with the program since the age of 18.

“What I really like about it is that you get to go out and see and speak to people that you probably wouldn’t get to otherwise,” said Plourde. “There’s something very satisfying about being able to visit these people, who may not get a lot of visitors and to bring them a good, nutritious meal. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. That’s why I keep volunteering.”

Each year, Meals on Wheels providers across Ontario participate in March for Meals, an annual event to increase awareness and community engagement with local Meals On Wheels providers across North America.
The 2019 Community Champions Week was celebrated between from March 18-March 22.

During this time, programs welcome their local mayor, other elected officials, local celebrities and other prominent community figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and people with disabilities and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels.