Michael Stephenson - Recipient of City of Kingston's Honourable Achievement Award

Michael started volunteering with Partners in Mission Food Bank in early 1994 while working contract work at the Kingston Psychiatric Hospital.  At the time, he was looking for a way to increase his community involvement, make new friends, stay mentally and physically fit, and to make a difference in many lives- and he has!!  Michael was a perfect match with our organization.

Michael has dedicated numerous hours of unpaid time in his 28 YEARS with us to ensure that food that comes into the food bank is recycled as soon as possible and back into the community. The 1000’s of hours that Michael has worked for free has allowed us to put money into what really counts, our hunger relief efforts.

Michael is a patient and caring man, traits that are evident in everything that he does. He has and continues to come in and work on a weekly basis and repeatedly goes out of his way to extend a helping hand where needed.  Even in a time of crisis, since the current pandemic began, Michael still makes his way in, sacrificing his own comforts and health for the betterments of others. Some of his tasks include sorting food donations, assembling daily food orders, assembling spare orders for new clients, breaking down bulk items, packing fruit and vegetable bags, and training new volunteers.


Michael has not only become a friend, but a part of the Partners in Mission Food Bank family. He has established long lasting relationships here and is well respected by staff and other volunteers.  Michael even met the love of his life here, Gloria.  They have been married now for 26 years.


We are so very proud to announce that Michael is a recipient of The City of Kingston's 2021 Civic Awards!  He has been recognized with the Honourable Achievement award.

Such a well deserved honour, we cannot thank Michael enough for his time spent with us.

YouTube interview - click here.