This is my first Thanksgiving as Mayor of Collingwood, and I am filled with gratitude every day for this amazing community I call home. One of the many amazing things about Collingwood is that it is filled with people who care. Many residents, volunteers, and community builders dedicate their time and resources to helping others and to being a good neighbour. I’m proud to live and work in a community with so many compassionate citizens.
Thanksgiving is an opportune time to remind everyone to practice gratitude and express thanks for what we have. It’s also a time to reflect on those in our community who struggle to have their needs met. Generosity and kindness go a long way for those who need a little help, especially around the holidays. I’d like to remind you of several established organizations and locations that distribute food and resources to community members in need and I encourage you to give what you can.
- The Butterfly Pantry, formerly located beside the Collingwood Youth Centre on First Street, is now located at 200 Erie Street outside the Church of Nazarene. The Butterly Pantry provides 24/7 access to fresh food for those in need.
- The Mobile Soup Kitchen prepares food hampers for families in need and is located at 19 Cameron Street (at the back of Hope Chapel). It is open for donations Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
- The Salvation Army supports residents in the South Georgian Bay area with temporary food assistance, support services, and community referrals. They can be reached by calling 705-445-0490
- The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates out of St. Mary’s Church and provides emergency foodbank and support services. Call the helpline to make an appointment for the foodbank 705-444-0999.
- The Collingwood Public Library Food Pantry provides non-perishable food items during operational hours.
- The Town of Collingwood in partnership with the Environment Network shares fresh, locally-grown vegetables at Heritage Park Garden every Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Any leftover food is delivered to the Butterfly Pantry community fridge.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact 211 for help navigating services. This is a free, confidential service and is available 24/7 in multiple languages. 211 can connect you with specialized services, including access to infant formula, community meals, or supporting individuals with a disability.
I hope you give thanks and receive kindness this Thanksgiving.
Mayor of Collingwood