Food Banker Spotlight – Anke Berner

We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada! This month, our spotlight is on Anke Berner, who is the volunteer secretary of the board of directors, public relations, and hamper builder within the Strathcona Food Bank.

What is your role in food banking?

I have three volunteer roles at the Strathcona Food Bank– secretary of the board of directors, public relations, and hamper builder.

What are your pronouns?


Describe a typical day in one word. 


What was your inspiration to get involved in food banking?

When my kids were in junior high school, I had extra time and wanted to make a difference in my community.

What is your greatest achievement in your current role?

Overcoming my fear of public speaking.

What is your greatest challenge in your current role?

Juggling the timing of events as they all seem to come at one time.

If you could have one wish granted that would address hunger in Canada, what would it be? 

Lower food prices

Which talent would you most like to have?


If you could tell your younger self advice, what would it be? 

You can do it!

Who are your heroes?  Fictional or real life 

Martin Luther King

What is your idea of happiness?

Spending time with people I enjoy.

What is your motto?

Always be kind

Something quirky about you that others may not expect or know?

Canada is the fourth country I have lived in, but it is by far my favourite.

Your theme song?

Red Red Wine by UB40

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