Volunteer Recognition

We couldn’t do what we do without YOU!

Second Harvest is grateful for each volunteer who comes out to help – whether it’s for an hour, every week, or once a year. We would not be able to continue the work we do without the support of our amazing volunteers.

Every year we recognize special volunteers who we feel have gone above and beyond in their commitment and service to Second Harvest.

2018 Volunteer Award Winners

L-R: Hyame Fadel-Jardine, Michele Alphonso (accepting for Teranet), Rhys Baldwin (accepting for Voice Integrative School), Deborah Mitchell, Glory Keong, Victoria Genge-Narain

5 Years of Service

Steven Feldman
Doug Herridge
Glory Keong
Nancy Klassen
Women In Food Industry Management

10 Years of Service

Shirley Dueck
Neilesh Daji
Nancy Hall
Greg Nordal
Johanne Wilkins

15 Years of Service

Deborah Mitchell

Volunteer Of The Year – Programs       

This award recognizes the dedication of a person or group, who strongly supports our day-to-day operations, in roles such as sorting food in the warehouse, truck assisting, supporting programs, assisting with food drives or donations.

Our 2018 Programs Volunteer of the Year is Teranet. Teranet has been a Hero Campaign Partner since 2009. We also want to specifically acknowledge Teranet’s volunteer efforts for Food Sorting and Feeding Our Future since 2014.

 Past Recipients: Ken Nakamura, Deborah Mitchell, Judy Nusinowitz & David Kopel, Chiara Switzer, June MacDonald, Antonette Wright, Pina Di Leo, Alexander Radovac.

Volunteer Of The Year – Office 

This award is presented to the volunteer who strongly supports the office team, in roles such as performing various activities in the office, supporting events/campaigns, being an ambassador of our work, or generally helping the Administrative, Programs, Communications or Development teams.

Our 2018 Office Volunteer of the Year is Victoria Genge-Narain. Victoria first joined us as an Office Assistant in 2017 and was an incredible help with administration for Toronto Taste. In addition to her impeccable work ethic at the office, Victoria also became a trusted leader to have out at events in the community.

 Past Recipients: Gabrielle Cotton, Susan Wetmore, Amanda Chung, Wendy Job, Ravi Nagraj, Maria Park, William Leung, Elliot Steele

The Mike Kic Spirit Award (Volunteer Of The Year – Events) 

Mike Kic was a dear friend of Second Harvest whose willingness to serve and his commitment to our mission knew no bounds. No task was beneath him, no time was too early or too late, and no request for support was too much.  This award is presented to the volunteer who strongly supports our events and food/fundraising initiatives, in roles such as committee membership or event volunteers.

Our 2018 recipient of the Mike Kic Spirit Award is Hyame Fadel-Jardine. Hyame celebrated her 10 Years of Service with Second Harvest back in 2016. During her time with Second Harvest, she has supported us with all of events and initiatives but most notably directing her time and talent towards managing volunteers at Toronto Taste.

 Past Recipients: Emily MacLellan, Andrew Patton, Mike Kic

The Ian Lawson Van Toch Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award

During his time with Second Harvest, Ian demonstrated outstanding leadership, and commitment to community service.  This award is presented to an exceptional young person or group, under the age of 21, who embodies a spirit of passion and initiative in their work with the community and Second Harvest.

The 2018 recipient of the Ian Lawson Van Touch award is Voice Integrative School.

Through Voice Integrative School’s annual Global-to-Local campaign, their Grade 5 and 6 students identified the need to address food waste and food rescue in their community and engaged in a multitude of fundraising activities to become the campaign’s top fundraising school. Together they raised close to $5,700 – enough to provide over 11,300 meals to our Agency Network.

Rhys Baldwin a Grace 5 student at VIS

Rhys Baldwin, a Grade 5 student last year who alone raised over $1015 of his school’s total funds.

 Past Recipients: Carter Ward, The Giles School, Sami Mendes, Arrabon House, Olivier Segal, Jake Grevler, Sarah Siddiqi

For more information and criteria please visit Volunteer Resources and download Award Information Criteria