Ambassadors for hope

Monday, April 08, 2024
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Man standing in a field

David Brackenridge was passionate in his support of the Foodgrains Bank. David's granddaughter Hope took this beautiful photo, prior to his passing in September 2023. (Photo: Hope Dawn Photography)

We are honored to be able to help in any way possible.

Jill Mitchell, Grow Hope Saskatchewan ambassador

Foodgrains Bank ambassadors are trained to make presentations about our programs, educational activities and public policies to local churches, community groups and schools. We interviewed three Foodgrains Bank ambassadors to ask about their involvement in this valuable work.

Why did you choose to become an ambassador?

“We chose to accept the request because Grow Hope and Canadian Foodgrains Bank are dear to our hearts. People throughout the world need to have the proper food in order to be healthy and active. We are honored to be able to help in any way possible.” – Jill Mitchell, Grow Hope Saskatchewan ambassador

How has this role shaped your understanding of the issue of world hunger?

“The ambassador training sessions are really appreciated. Our Ontario representative Henry Reinders does a good job of keeping us up to date on the world hunger situation. I have a much better handle on what to say, and how to present the information. My messaging is more accurate and current because of my role as an ambassador.” – Helen Keenliside, Ontario ambassador

What would you say to someone who is considering becoming an ambassador for the Foodgrains Bank?

“Great, great opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to do it. On the 30th anniversary of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, I gave myself the challenge of contacting 30 Hutterite colonies and trying to commit them to donating 30 acres each. It didn’t all happen but I made contact with about 50 communities that year. And some of them like Acadia, Spring Hill especially – they have really taught me how to give, and how to enjoy giving.” – Jake Hamm, Manitoba ambassador

Want to join them? Being an ambassador will give you the opportunity to promote the work of Foodgrains Bank in your local area. Click here to find out more.

In honour of David

We were saddened by the sudden passing of David Brackenridge in September 2023. Ontario regional representative Henry Reinders remembers David as a kind man with a deep passion for helping others.

“He had a true love of meeting people and explaining the work of our organization to them,” says Reinders, who worked with him at several farm shows. We are deeply grateful for his heart to help the hungry. Our prayers are with David’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time.

This story was originally published in the 2024 Winter edition of Breaking Bread. 

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