The Stop began in the mid-1970s as one of Canada’s first food banks. From the beginning, the founders of The Stop understood that hunger was merely a “presenting issue,” a symptom of deeper systemic problems. In the past 40 years, The Stop has expanded its services and programs beyond the original food bank, becoming a thriving community food centre that sets the standard in developing and delivering innovative food security programs.
Mark Woodnutt is a community leader and organizer at The Stop who is empowering others to become civic leaders in their own right. The Stop was awarded this grant to support Mark in the completion of a Solution Focused Brief Coaching certificate at the University of Toronto, attendance at the program’s symposium, as well as membership at the Canadian Centre for Brief Therapy. Mark will be able to effectively identify program participants that can benefit from specialized support to help them achieve personal, employment, and community goals and to realize their full potential.