MNO citizen receives warm welcome from Credit River council

New to the NeighbourhoodWayne Copeland (right) and fellow MNO citizens attended a culinary
workshop held by Liaison College.

Submitted by Darlene Lent, Treasurer of the MNO Credit River Métis Council

When Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Wayne Copeland moved to Brampton in December, Tera Beaulieu, President of the MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council, informed him that the MNO Credit River Métis Council (CRMC) was headquartered there. Armed with that knowledge, Copeland immediately looked them up through the MNO website.

Copeland visited the MNO CRMC website and learned that the council was looking for volunteers for their community garden. He sent in an e-mail to express his interest and quickly received a response and an invitation to an upcoming council meeting.

For Copeland, it was the beginning of a great experience. Ever since he contacted the MNO CRMC, he has been included in many of its functions and events.

On March 15, Copeland attended a MNO CRMC culinary workshop held by Liaison College in Brampton. The workshop was led by the college’s Chef Scott and several enthusiastic MNO citizens were in attendance. Chef Scott hosted a very informative hands-on orientation on the workings of a professional chef’s kitchen.

Now that spring is on its way, Copeland is looking forward to helping with the community garden tended by MNO CRMC Treasurer Darlene Lent. The community garden’s main intention is to share its bounty with those in need.

“This same inclusive spirit of care and generosity seems to pervade the intentions and attitudes of all the Métis citizens I’ve met,” Copeland said. “I was warmly welcomed and included from the beginning and have met some wonderful new people.”

Copeland is looking forward to introducing his daughter and granddaughter to the garden and other MNO CRMC events, so they can also experience the nurturing sense of community.

Published on: March 31, 2016

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