Food Banker Spotlight – Mary Johnson

We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada. This month, our spotlight is on Mary Johnson, who has been with the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia for 30 years!

What is your role in food banking?

Coordinator of the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society.

What are your pronouns?


Describe a typical day in one word.


What was your inspiration to get involved in food banking?

A need was identified in the community.

What is your greatest achievement in your current role?

Becoming acquainted with so many remarkable people.

What is your greatest challenge in your current role?

Trying to provide help for all in need.

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

Food security.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Describing how rewarding volunteer work can be.

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

Become involved as a volunteer as soon as you are able to.

Who are your heroes? Fictional or real life.

A person who will not be named but completely turned his life around to help many, many people.

What is your idea of happiness?

Being busy and having friends and family close by.

What is your motto?

Try my best to enjoy each day.

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

I like cheese and pickle sandwiches.

Your theme song?

“Don’t Worry Be Happy.”

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