Vaughan food Bank Partners with York Regional Police and other Community Supporters in Project “Dream Catcher”
From Bash to Bouquet.
Stories in the paper that involve police action typically paints an ugly picture and “bashes” their image. This letter is an opportunity to shine a positive light on the men and women of our police force.
Natasha Jones; a York Region Police Officer stationed in Vaughan, set a goal of gathering enough food, clothing, sports equipment, toys and other supplies to fill a large transport truck. This transport truck’s destination would be to a Northern Ontario First Nations Community in Trout Lake called Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. The project was named “Project Dream Catcher.” With the support of her fellow officials, supervisors, representatives of the OPP, and the Vaughan community, Natasha soon had met her goal. Over 4,500 pounds of supplies was successfully raised for this event.
The transport truck left Saturday January 21 2012, to Trout Lake. Trout Lake is 36 hours north of Toronto, with the last 720km being ice highways over portions of frozen lakes. The name “Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug,” means “People of the Lake,” a very appropriate title for the small community of 1,500 as they are surrounded by water. The only way in or out is by water or air.
In the sendoff Ceremony for the event, the First Nations Council for the Trout Lake area took part through a conference call. Those who attended the event learned that in Trout Lake, the average family income is only about $500 a month, a single loaf of bread costs them about $7, and milk, which to us in the city costs about $5 for a bag, costs the people of Trout Lake almost $20 a bag. The members of the council were extremely grateful to Natasha for setting up this event and for her support of their community when it was in need. Most of all they gratefully appreciated that somewhere there were people with big and kind hearts that that showed compassion for the wellbeing of their fellow Canadians and supported Natasha’s goal.
A bouquet for Natasha, her fellow officials, supervisors, representatives of the OPP, and to everyone else who supported her and gave to Project Dream Catcher, well done.
Bruce Lee Vaughan.
(Vaughan Food Bank)