Saturday, October 14, 2017

Bullwinkles Eatery, Woodstock, AVIVA Community Fund Entry, 2017



Bullwinkles Eatery is an amazing and creative alternative to the Traditional Soup Kitchen and was started in 2016 by Operation Sharing and is held at the Moose Lodge in Woodstock, Ontario.  For decades, soup kitchens helped feed those who were socio-economically disadvantaged.  Although intended to support people in need, that approach in many ways subtly continued to create barriers among members of society, even if that wasn't the intent.  By helping support Bullwinkle's Eatery in the AVIVA Community Fund Contest, you can help them continue to 'build their dream'.

Bullwinkle's is open to the public, and all members of society are encouraged to come dine during the Tuesday and Thursday buffet style lunch. The cost of a lunch is on a sliding 'donation' scale, so that all can discreetly pay what they can afford.  I myself paid what I considered equal to eating out at a restaurant, while others may donate as little as 50 cents or a dollar!  I like that I am helping support an important community wellness initiative, and it is a wonderful way to meet new people.

As a Career Counsellor, I also like that it allows individuals who become part of the Hospitality Training Program to develop a skill set which will be helpful in the working or volunteer world. Patrons of Bullwinkles are served food prepared by participants of that program, and they in turn are under the guidance of a trained chef.

This is just one interesting and forward thinking program being implemented by Operation Sharing. It  is my hope that you will want to support their vision for a healthier and kinder community.

Contest Registration & Voting Link:
https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/17-246

Operation Sharing Facebook Page
Operation Sharing Website

Musician/Song Credit, Zach McCabe, with Permission
Zach McCabe, Before the Moment's Gone (YouTube Video)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'Go With the Flow' this Coming Earth Day, April 22, 2017



Isn't that pup in the video just the cutest creature?  He has a loving family to keep him safe both at home and on the water!

There are lots of other 'creatures' that rely on a healthy ecosystem for their survival, including those that live within and along the Thames River System.  It is in fact ... their home.  Since the year 2000, when the Thames was designated as a Canadian Heritage River, countless communities have pitched in for an annual sprucing up of the river and its banks and associated trail systems. Three pillars of the river's designation include:

  • the river's value in terms of its recreational benefits (such as in the attached video!)
  • it's cultural/historical significance (with hopefully a video to come!)
  • it's environmental significance and our influence/impact (check out the YouTube channel below. 

Have you partaken in the beauty of the river system?  Have you given back by helping assure its continued health?  Why not join up within your community to help 'spring clean' the river, while also taking in its beauty.

www.thamesrivercleanup.ca (for contacts in your community, registration ballots, safety video, and additional valuable information within the website.

And there are lots of Thames River Cleanup videos within a playlist on my YouTube channel.  Stewardship in Action on YouTube

Best Regards,
Cathy Stewart