Dea volunteer smiling
17 Mar ・ BY Martha Lopez
Categories: Fresh News Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight, Dea

Meet Dea, Volunteer Receptionist

This week, we’re shining our spotlight on Dea, one of our volunteer receptionists!

Dea joined The Mississauga Food Bank, as a volunteer in February 2020. She is a Client Data Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Office Data Input, Accounting and Finance, Research and Surveys, Temporary Food Pantry Handouts

“I have lived in Mississauga my whole life and never really realized the disparity of food security in my own neighbourhood. I was very curious about sustainable programs for food rescue in compliance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of ending hunger but also halving per capita food waste. I feel like I am having an impact in my community every time I volunteer. Even if it’s something as simple as picking up the phone and giving information to a client, I know that any small act helps in a big way.”

Volunteering at The Mississauga Food Bank has enhanced Dea’s sense of community and reinforced the canons of kindness and decency in her life.  It is a positive outlet, and even sometimes when she is feeling sad or stressed, after volunteering, she feels fulfilled in the work she has done. 

“One time, there was a woman who called to give a donation, and she told me there was a point in her life when she and her family were getting help from The Mississauga Food Bank. She was overwhelmed and said while she can now afford to live comfortably and not worry about her family’s next meal, it pained her to know that there were people who had food insecurity that was exacerbated by COVID. This client’s story highlights the values of giving back and caring for your neighbours.”

Dea’s dream is to work in the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development in a role where she can analyze and consult on policy regimes for the government, and advocate for continued support to build up the technological infrastructure that helps grow innovative programs, like the Aquaponics Farm right here at the food bank.

Thank you Dea, for helping create a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.

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