We are always interested in hearing more about the individuals in food banking across Canada. This time, our spotlight is on Food Banks BC Food Programs Manager Sherri Binks, who answered our questions for International Women’s Day last month.
What is your role in food banking?
I’m the food programs manager at Food Banks BC.
What do you think are some challenges women may face with food insecurity?
Gender inequality continues to have women earning less money in the workforce while also bearing the responsibility of being the primary caregiver and homemaker in many households. They’re also more likely to be raising a family on their own.
Have you faced any barriers in your career due to being a woman? If so, how did you overcome them?
I believe most women have experienced barriers in their careers. It’s not that long ago that women were discouraged from participating in the workforce all together or were resigned to accept roles beneath their abilities. They certainly weren’t taken seriously! It’s important that women know their value and persevere as they are still quite likely to come up against these challenges in the pursuit of their goals, even now.
What is the most important piece of advice you have been given?
Everyone experiences loss in many different forms during life. Don’t lose your compassion, kindness, sense of humour or ability to get up and keep going during these times.
Is there anyone that inspires you in your career?
I’m inspired by our member food bankers every single day. In the three years I have been with Food Banks BC I’ve seen them face COVID, wildfires and floods. They are unfailing, no matter the challenge they face.
What has been your greatest achievement?
I truly try to be a good human being every day. Some days I accomplish this better than others.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry so much and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?
My grandmother because I didn’t really get to know her as my adult self and I’d like to hear her story in her words. Michelle Obama because I admire her strength and poise. Phyllis Diller because I think a sense of humor is so important in life and she was a trail blazer!
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