Staff Food Drive

Look at these wonderful people! Initiated by our staff, (through one individual I’d like to point out – Karen Kawakami, she’s hiding in the corner!) – Everyone has been encouraged to bring in food to donate to the community food drive! I can’t thank all staff enough for stepping up to help those in need in our community.



Our Deputy CAO Derrick Thomson sent out the following email to staff and it sums up well what’s going on:

For those of you who have already contributed, thank you!  If you haven’t had a chance yet, there’s still time!  Donations are being collected until Friday, June 12th.  I hope you’re able to support the community’s goal of raising 20,000 pounds of food for our local food bank and pantries.  There’s too many people in our community who are food insecure.  Household food insecurity is associated with:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, anemia, dental decay and bowel disorders
  • Insufficient consumption of fruit and vegetables can increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease

Nutritionally inadequate diets:

  • Poor nutrition in children can affect the development of their intellectual, social, and emotional skills

School success:

  • Children in food insecure households are more likely to have growth and development problems, are more likely to be absent from school, and have difficulty concentrating and learning.

Needed food items include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Pasta & pasta sauce
  • Canned fish & meats
  • Peanut-free school snacks & 100% juice boxes
  • Canned vegetables & fruit
  • Canned soups & stews

Monetary donations and gift cards are also welcome. They are used by the food banks to purchase fresh food such as milk, eggs, vegetables and fruit.  Financial donations can also be made online at:


Let’s do this Guelph!

 The Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel John MaCrae Memorial Branch 234 & it’s Ladies Auxiliary Guelph welcomed all to the Marymount cemetery and the Woodlawn Memorial Park for its annual community services. 
An honouring and respectful services at both locations where we remembered, and we never forget those who have fought and are fighting for our freedoms.

I’d like to thank Branch 234, all of the cadets who held our flags and played the pipes and marching band so eloquently.   

The cadets were so great today!


 Over 300 people this year raising over $72,000! Thank you to everyone for their dedication to this annual event and for increasing participation and donations year over year!  When I was first elected, the first tour of a building I took in the city was the Hospice centre. I had never been in it before. Through the tour I saw all of the staff, administrators and the volunteers have a focus that was crystal clear- they were all others-focused.   The money raised today will help them continue that focus to provide for others. Those in beds, and the families that surround those beds have access to top notch care and comfort.  Thanks to all of these sponsors for making today’s event happen! 



Another beautiful day in #Guelph and out at Guelph Lake we have the Juvenile Diabetes Walk for a Cure!

The TELUS Walk to Cure Diabetes is an outdoor celebration where families, friends and organizations can raise funds and awareness to make a difference in the lives of over 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes(T1D). Over 45,000 Canadians walk, share stories and connect at over 70 sites across Canada. The walk is 5 kilometres.
Thank you to the many local sponsors! 

So many teams walking for people they know, including family members! Even the dogs come along to support!