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St. Paul’s 5th annual Legacy of Heroes honoured food bank volunteers

by Julianna Bonnett

On Sunday, St. Paul’s Anglican Church hosted its fifth annual Legacy of Heroes ceremony, which honours volunteers and staff who have served their community for many years.

  This year’s event honoured volunteers and staff at the local food banks, including The Essex Salvation Army and the Essex Food Bank. The work of each individual and those they serve was lifted up in a prayer at their 11 a.m. worship and continued with a formal program at 1:30 p.m. that included music, cake, and a presentation. 

  One of the Wardens of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Donna Flood, said she’s always happy when the event takes place because she knows it is recognizing the heroes in the community.

  “We love our community, and honouring people who do so much for us is important,” Flood said. “We think so many people in the community deserve that recognition and that’s what we’re doing here today.” 

  Rev. Chris Brouillard- Coyle of St. Paul’s Anglican Church hosted the presentation, which honoured volunteers and staff of the Essex Area Food Bank and The Salvation Army. She presented both recipients, volunteer Gerry Belanger of the Essex Area Food Bankd and Major Jim Hann of the Essex Salvation Army, with framed certificates of appreciation.

  “We like focusing on folks [who] do such important work in our community,” Rev. Brouillard-Coyle said. “Most of the time, people forget to thank these folks [who] are doing such good work in our community. That’s what we like to do, is help the community give their thanks back.”

  The event continued with a Hymn Sing at 3 p.m. with more than 20 singers gathering at Trinity in Cottam to share their thanks and beautiful gift of song for locals to enjoy.

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