Next up in our Volunteer Spotlight series, we’d like to introduce you to one of our summer student interns, Emily Love.

Emily began volunteering with The Compass 3 years ago, when she studied food insecurity as part of her degree in Health Sciences. After seeing the real effects of food insecurity in her community, Emily pledged to get involved. Since then, Emily has volunteered at The Compass during the summer and winter breaks between her study periods, for a total of three summers and two winters. Emily says that while she has been volunteering here, The Compass has opened her eyes to the multitude of ways in which food insecurity affects ordinary people’s lives.

Emily is most proud of the welcoming environment created by The Compass, and particularly likes talking to the clients she works with. Regarding this, Emily remarks “The most vulnerable people often don’t get enough social interaction and I believe they deserve more compassion than often given to them.” When asked what she wished people knew about The Compass, Emily said that everybody is treated as an individual, rather than a number, and believes that there is no other food bank in the province that can give clients a home-like environment and family like The Compass does. Emily believes this family-like community is important to running a food bank, and believes that the Covid-19 pandemic has made people realize how much they use The Compass for its social aspects as well as a food bank. 

Emily is a notable volunteer during back-to-school season, during which she runs the program to provide local youths with backpacks and school supplies for the new school year! When not volunteering with The Compass, Emily is a dedicated health sciences student, beginning her Masters of Public Health at The University of Toronto this fall. Emily has an interest in fashion, basketball and cycling, and also enjoys collecting vinyl records and going to concerts. 

For the 2020 Compass Walk, Emily will be creating a cycling group to raise funds for the cause. 

Thank you for all of your hard work Emily!

For more information regarding The Compass Walk, please visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-compass/p2p/walk-the-walk-2020/

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