Congratulations to Rob Wight for being chosen by Volunteer Halton as Community Volunteer Winner for Halton Hills. Rob was chosen from a field of 55 nominees for this award. We are grateful for Rob’s dedication to Halton Food for Thought and to the school community at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School in Georgetown.
Rob Wight has been a dedicated key volunteer with the student nutrition program at Holy Cross School in Georgetown for eight years. Rob serves as a liaison between the school and HFFT, assists with fundraising initiatives, plans menus, shops, trains other volunteers, and preps and delivers morning meals for the 450+ students 3 days per week. Rob gives his time generously and joyfully each month that school is in session, and always does so with graciousness and humility. He is remarkably creative and thoughtful in ensuring that the students have healthy, nutritious morning meals that always involve vegetables and fruits. Whether it be English muffin pizzas on a chilly winter day or fruit and cheese kabobs served on a pumpkin at Halloween, Rob’s heart really goes into what he does for the kids. We celebrate Rob’s leadership, constancy, and kindness and are grateful for his wholehearted devotion to ensuring no student goes hungry at school.
Rob has gone above and beyond his school volunteering and is very active in our Halton Region student nutrition community. Rob has been a guest speaker at our Annual Breakfast Gala and has served as a student nutrition program spokesperson on behalf of HFFT in a video used throughout the Central West Region. Rob treats everyone with sensitivity, dignity and respect and is a positive role model for students, staff, and other volunteers. He is always willing to share his ideas and stories and speak out on behalf of the kids.
Tracy, the volunteer coordinator at Holy Cross School shares these thoughts about Rob:
“For the past 8 years, Rob has been a very dedicated and loyal volunteer for the Holy Cross Catholic School Food for Thought healthy snack program. He began his journey with the program when his granddaughter, Jenna, was a primary student at the school. He chose Food for Thought because he felt passionately about the program since he has dedicated many years serving food to the hungry in organizations across Halton and the Region of Peel. His passion for ‘giving back’ has been selfless in every way. For the past 7 years, I have been the coordinator for the healthy snack program at Holy Cross and there have been times when we have struggled to maintain our volunteer numbers due to illness, job opportunities and attrition. It has not always been a smooth pat, but in the end, there is always Rob to pull us through. Although his granddaughter has since graduated and moved on to high school, Rob continues to work tirelessly at making sure the students of Holy Cross do not go to class hungry. He plans the menu each week, buys all the groceries/supplies, and creates an instruction sheet for volunteers to follow during each snack. He is the friendly face that greets our food delivery truck every two weeks and even stays late to ensure everything is put away according to public health requirements. Rob is the backbone of our program and I can’t think of anyone else who deserves this award more than he does.”