This Wednesday October 7, the CANAVUA, an organization promoting volunteering in French, inaugurated its canteen truck project at the Cité francophone. The goal is to distribute free meals throughout the city of Edmonton to address growing food insecurity.
Many members of the French-speaking community were present for the inauguration this Wednesday, October 7. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Dicky Dikamba, director of CANAVUA, warmly thanked the volunteers, the personalities present as well as the members of the Francophone community. In his speech, he appealed: “If you have time, come and give it to us, we need it”. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
In her remarks, the Minister noted “COVID has shown us how wonderful we are, with 1.6 million volunteers in Alberta out of 4.4 million people.” Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Dicky Dikamba, CANAVA President said, with a hint of irony, “We are fortunate to have a government that takes care of the health of Albertans. Five health inspections were necessary to launch this initiative, we passed them with flying colors ”. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Renée Vaugeois from the John Humphrey Center for Peace and Human Right introduced the inauguration. “COVID has exacerbated the need for food and the difficulty for some people to access it. The canteen truck will meet some of these needs and in a very important way. Access with dignity. Today we are celebrating innovation ”. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Presentation of a certificate for the women of the SheGlows Edmonton association. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Chris Pierno, the owner of the company that fitted out the canteen truck, Brother Fabrication, was on hand for the occasion. “Everyone needs an opportunity like the one CANAVUA has given me to give back to their community,” he said. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
The mobile canteen thus organized will be able to meet the 3 objectives set by the partners. Hot, healthy and culturally appropriate meals; support for the nutrition program of the Conseil Scolaire Center Nord, a career navigator in the food sector. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
The president of the Center scolaire Center Nord, a partner in this project, also spoke at the ceremony. Valerian Dumont.
The Honorable Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and the Status of Women meets the volunteers. “Thank you for your passion to support others, your generosity and dedication in volunteering,” she said in French during her speech. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
The volunteers already at work to prepare the feast for the reception. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
“This Cantine truck is visionary. It will change the lives of so many families, ”said the minister after visiting it. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Representatives of the various partner organizations in this project took a group photo. Photo credit: Valériane Dumont.
Photos by Valériane Dumont.