Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

Mission president captures Vigor International Award

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors has won another award.

Tim McAllister won the humanitarian award that was presented by Vigor Awards International. According to the organization, the Vigor Awards are “designed to promote generosity, volunteerism and humanitarianism around the world. Our goal is to celebrate, honour and acknowledge individuals who have made a positive impact in the world, whether by improving, encouraging or empowering other people’s lives.”

The ceremony was held Sept. 10 at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, and included dinner and a limousine ride to the theatre and a red carpet ceremony upon arrival.

“This was the first time I rode in a limo,” said McAllister. “I was kind of blown away.”

McAllister thanked the mission’s board of directors and everyone at the mission who supports him. He also thanked the Vigor Awards International committee for selecting him for the humanitarian award. He outlined his background and how he became involved with the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, acknowledging his wife Violet and their four sons.

“My life was moving along fine when all of a sudden I was involved in an unfortunate car accident leaving me unable to continue my work. I was forced to retire at a very young age. I had to leave behind many parts of my life that I had grown accustomed to,” said McAllister. “This accident left me feeling very sorry for myself. I did not plan for this accident to occur and I am certain the drunk driver did not plan this either. As time progressed, I stopped looking back at what I missed from the past and started looking to the future where I renewed my relationship with God.”

McAllister started volunteering at the Scout Hall where the need for the mission was first identified. The mission was formed and he worked with founders Andy and Pat Gervais and others to have what is now their current home at 298 Victoria St. S. built.

Tim McAllister, pictured with wife Violet, captured the Vigor International Award in the humanitarian category recently. (Submitted photo)

“Our dreams became a reality when we broke ground on our new building in 2001, which is still in use today,” he said.

McAllister pointed out he has been volunteering with the mission for over 20 years, the last 16 of which having been as president. He emphasized that no one at the mission is paid.

“We are people helping people,” he said.

Vigor Awards president Queen Amina visited the mission when McAllister was nominated and McAllister said “she was amazed to see what we do here.” He noted it is more than just food, as they offer a number of programs and provide clothing and even furniture to those in need.

The awards are prestigious, he added.

“If you make an impact to your community in any part of the world, they check it out,” said McAllister. “People fly in just to get the award. The aim of this is to get other people to do the same thing. It is to get people involved and to help other people.”

McAllister still plans on continuing to help out at the mission.

“I love the community,” he said. “When you love a place, you give it your all.”

Canuck It Up shuttle bus location changed

There has been a change to a shuttle bus location for the Canuck It Up Festival coming Aug. 5-6.

The town has switched one of the locations from the Libro Centre to Centennial Park. As there is ongoing construction on the Meloche Road project, town officials have decided to switch that location and have people picked up at Centennial Park if they want to take a shuttle bus to the downtown festival.

Canuck It Up logo

The second location remains at the former Honeywell property.

Admission to the festival is free. A canned good or non-perishable food item will accepted at the gate for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

For more on the Canuck It Up Festival lineup, visit www.amherstburg.ca/canuckitup or www.facebook.com/Amherstburg Connection.

Fort Malden National Historic Site is also presenting its Raiders, Rebels and Redcoats event that same weekend.

Mission raises $6,000 at annual golf tournament

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission held its annual golf tournament Saturday with nearly 100 golfers joining them again this year.

The 2017 tournament, held at Dominion Golf Club in LaSalle, drew a similar number of golfers as compared to the 2016 tournament.

“We had 97 golfers this year, almost 25 full teams,” said Winston McAllister, one of the main organizers of the tournament.

McAllister, whose father Tim is the board president of the mission, said the July 8 tournament raised about $6,000. That brought the overall total to $56,100 since the tournament was first founded ten years ago.

“We’re happy with any number,” said McAllister.

The proceeds raised go into the general fund at the mission and is used for whatever is required.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

The winners of Saturday’s Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission golf tournament were (from left): Chad Mayrand, Bruce Bratt, Mark Bondy and Jesse Carter.

“It pays the bills and whatever expenses they have,” he said. “The mission is 100 per cent volunteers. That money goes a long way.”

McAllister said a group of about 12 people helped him plan the tournament and they “do whatever it takes” to make it successful. He thanked the golfers, sponsors, the golf course and everyone who supported the mission and the tournament.

“Our slogan is ‘people helping people’ and that is at the heart of what the mission is,” said McAllister.

Shirley Hitchcock, vice president of the board, said McAllister, his wife Trish and the other organizers deserve a lot of credit.

“This couldn’t happen without Winston and Trish and their entire team of people,” said Hitchcock.

Seasons Amherstburg brightens Easter at the Mission

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Seasons Amherstburg helped brighten the spirits of those at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission just in time for Easter.

Seasons general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, food services manager Beau Veldhuis and Seasons residents Joan Browning, Nida Agnositis and Matt and Julie Predki delivered 100 hams to the mission last Thursday afternoon.

“Each Seasons property did the same for their communities,” explained D’Alimonte. “It’s to help out around the Easter holidays.”

D’Alimonte said they know that the mission provides a valuable service in the community and that there are also seniors in the community who need some assistance.

“That’s what we’re here for,” she added.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis.  Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Seasons Amherstburg donated 100 hams to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission last Thursday afternoon. Front row (from left): Seasons Amherstburg general manager Brenda D’Alimonte, Matt Predki, Joan Browning, Julie Predki and Nida Agnositis. Back row (from left): Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission president Tim McAllister and Seasons Amherstburg food services manager Beau Veldhuis.

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, said they had their Easter dinner Monday. He was thankful for the donation from Seasons Amherstburg.

“This is a big boost for the mission to receive this many hams,” said McAllister. “It makes us feel very excited. It’s great that Seasons was able to donate these hams.”

Donations are always welcome at the mission, he added, but it is special when donations come around holidays.

“At these times, it means a lot to the people we serve,” said McAllister. “Any time is good (for donations), but especially on occasions like Easter.”

McAllister added it was “hard to put into words” how much the donation meant to the non-profit organization.

“It means a lot to the mission,” he said.

Charity hockey game raises $1,100 for Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A charity hockey game held over the Christmas holidays resulted in a recent donation of $1,100 to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The game was organized by Wes Ewer and a group of his friends. Ewer, co-owner and general manager of the Integrity Amherstburg Admirals, organized the game after the Dec. 30 Admirals’ home game but noted the tradition started a number of years ago.

“Basically the game itself started five years ago,” said Ewer. “As my group of friends starting getting older and some of our group had departed Amherstburg for work and family responsibilities elsewhere, I looked for an opportunity to get everyone together; and could think of no more fitting way than a hockey game.”

That led to a group of 32 friends renting the ice at the Libro Centre for 90 minutes, drafting teams, playing a game and have some social time after.

“Going into this year, I wanted to switch things up a bit,” said Ewer. “Normally we design and purchase jerseys each year for all the players. This year, (Admirals co-owner) Matt (Fox) and I decided to just use the practice jerseys we have accumulated with the Admirals to save some time and money. Instead of dropping the cost per player for the game, we kept our normal price and told the players we would donate the money somewhere to a local cause or family that could use it. The reception on my idea was a unanimous yes from the group of players.”

A charity hockey game at the Libro Centre in December raised $1,100 for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. (Submitted photo)

A charity hockey game at the Libro Centre in December raised $1,100 for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. (Submitted photo)

Some suggested upping our fee for the game to increase the donation, Ewer added.

“After discussion with many of the players, we decided to donate to the Amherstburg Mission. Our original donation was going to be $300 which we thought would certainly help and we’re proud of. One of our players (Mark Bondy) has close ties with the McAllister family and once he found out the recipient I had decided to go with, he personally matched our donation,” said Ewer. “After that, Mark got his employer on board and Morton Industrial -with no hesitation whatsoever – added $500 to our cause. So for our first go round at donating some money, we were able to get $1,100 to a great local cause.”

Ewer said they all were happy to support the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

“I can speak for all of the players in the game that it felt great to be able to positively impact a cause that helps so many local people out,” said Ewer. “Ninety-five per cent of the players in the game were born in Amherstburg or still currently live here so it made our Christmas and our annual game a lot more special.”

Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission’s board of directors, thanked “a solid group of guys” for making the donation.

“Not only did they donate money, they donated their time to organize this annual hockey game,” said McAllister. “With the combined effort with Morton’s, $1,100 was donated. This money donated will go towards our mission of people helping people.”