“Be the change that you want to see in the world.“
It is that spirit of community service that brought Sister Eileen Therese Boyle to the Westlock District Food Bank Association 10 years ago. Retired from nursing, Sister Eileen wanted to volunteer in a capacity that served the local community. “Food is a basic necessity. Some of the people we help are working several part-time jobs and still can’t afford to feed their families. There seemed no better place to serve.”
The Westlock District Food Bank Association assists residents of Westlock, Alberta and the surrounding area. Primarily a farming community, many of the people served by the food bank are labourers, working part-time seasonal jobs with no benefits. Sister Eileen is the Food Bank’s Coordinator, overseeing the operations, public relations, fundraising, and all other aspects of the organization. She is supported by a team of volunteers, some of whom are in their 80s. The organization serves approximately 350 families each month.
The Food Bank relies exclusively on donations. And no matter how much they receive, Sister Eileen says there is always a greater need for food and funds to serve the families who depend on them.