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It would be very hard to find a part of our community that has not been touched by Pat O’Driscoll’s commitment to volunteering. In particular, he is determined to help make sure that no one in Ottawa goes hungry.

Pat has spent decades giving generously of his time to a number of local food banks (and other charitable organizations) – including 13 years as a driver’s assistant with the Ottawa Food Bank. That’s where he got to know the Food Bank’s former Executive Director and current ED at The Ottawa Mission, Peter Tilley. So when “Mr. Tilley” moved over to The Mission 5 years ago Pat followed him, and we are so fortunate that he did!

Pat is part of the kitchen team and helps unload, sort and store incoming donated and purchased food. With an average of 1,312 meals served every day at The Mission, this work is considerable. As part of his duties, Pat organizes the “3 o’clock shelf” in our dining room that allows people in the community who are hungry to access bread and non-perishable food items “to go”. He also organizes bags of groceries for people who visit our client services centre who need food. In his five years as a Mission volunteer, Pat has logged a record breaking 4,800 hours!

Pat feels fortunate to be part of “Mr. Watson’s” (aka Chef Ric’s) team of staff and volunteers, and says that it’s like being part of a big family.

When asked why he chooses to volunteer so much time, Pat’s answer is simple, elegant, and a good indication of his kind and generous heart. His response? “Because I can.”

Thank you to all our volunteers who do so much to help people in need in Ottawa.