Congratulations to Assiniboine member Food Matters Manitoba for their recent recognition, both here at home and on a national scale.
Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards
In March, Gord Mackintosh, Manitoba’s Minister of Conservation, awarded Food Matters with an Outstanding Achievement Award. The awards recognize and honour people, projects, and ideas that successfully apply the Principles and Guidelines of Sustainable Development into concrete and lasting achievements.
Recent initiatives that helped them achieve this recognition were:
- The Manitoba Food Charter — a vision of how our food system should be and a goal to work towards.
- The annual Growing Local Conference — Manitoba’s largest food conference brings together consumers, farmers, traditional harvesters and everyone in between.
- The Dig In Challenge — which offers workshops and events for the public to learn new food skills and about making good food choices.
We are proud to be part of a community that values and recognizes our work toward sustainable food systems that create environmentally, economically and socially sustainable communities.
Tides Top 10
On a national front, this local organization was also honoured in April with the Tides Top 10 for 2013 — an annual national award that recognizes and honours 10 outstanding organizations that are creating positive changes in their communities.
Food Matters Manitoba was chosen for its work with northerners, newcomers, farmers and families on over 35 projects, in more than 50 communities in Manitoba.
“Being recognized as one of the top ten ‘changemakers’ in Canada is truly an honor for Food Matters Manitoba,” says Kreesta Doucette, Executive Director. “This award is a recognition of the efforts of all of the Manitoba food security community to build a healthy, long-term local food system where no one is hungry and everyone has access to nutritious food.”
Continuing Their Good Work
Food Matters Manitoba partners with many local organizations and businesses to run participatory, action-driven projects, as well as events that educate Manitobans and raise public awareness about food and food systems. Check out their event calendar to find out what’s happening next!