Friday, June 18, 2010

Albert Battistoni Awarded the 2010 W.J. VanDusen Community Service Award

Albert poses with with Collingwood Neighbourhood House staff members Paula, Cindy, Kulwant, and Nancy. Photo courtesy United Way of the Lower Mainland.

Albert Battistoni has been volunteering at Collingwood Neighbourhood House seven days a week for the last twenty years. Albert has many volunteer duties...and all of us who use the kitchen are especially grateful for his high standards for food safety. He ensures that all program staff and volunteers, as well as visiting groups, adhere to very strict cleanliness standards in and around the kitchen.

Albert's concern for food safety standards comes in part from his extensive experience in the food industry. His family owned and operated the Venice Bakery, the first Italian bakery in Vancouver (artifacts from historic Strathcona, the Venice Bakery, and a few of Albert's stories will be featured at an upcoming exhibit at the nearby Italian Cultural Centre's Il Museo).

Albert says the secret to a long and successful life is to keep moving, keep laughing, and stay connected to others. We are very proud that he is the 2010 recipient of the W.J. VanDusen Community Service Award. Please click below to watch a little video about his contributions to the Renfrew-Collingwood community.