Kawartha Lakes Food Source has recognized Donna McInnis with the Barbara Truax Volunteer Award for dedicating more than 226 hours last year to the not-for-profit charitable organization.
For almost nine years, McInnis has volunteered with Kawartha Lakes Food Source, which procures and distributes food to 35 local agencies, advocates for food security and poverty-related issues, and collaborates with the community to support those in need.
“Donna has remained humble about the time and efforts she has dedicated to all aspects of operations,” reads a media release from Kawartha Lakes Food Source announcing the award. “She jumps in to fill roles whenever we need; be it sorting donations, conducting pickups, participating in food drives, gardening, cooking meals and even weeding our patio stones to make sure our entrance is clean and inviting.”
In addition to her volunteer hours in 2019, McInnis also secured seedlings this year through the local horticultural society for Kawartha Lakes Food Source’s gardens.
“No matter what role she is in, Donna carries herself as a leader, demonstrating patience and kindness with new volunteers,” the organization says. “Her presence is one that is warm and welcoming.”
Kawartha Lakes Food Source established the Barbara Truax Volunteer Award — named to honour one of the organization’s longest-serving volunteers — in 2017, and awards it each year to someone who has been an active volunteer for more than three years, is a positive force within the community, and is committed to the cause.