Potlotek celebrates grand opening of foodbank

POTLOTEK — Anita Basque couldn’t have been more excited as Potlotek First Nation officially opened its new food bank on Wednesday.

“My heart is just bursting,” said the 61-year-old Basque.

Basque, a band councillor for the Mi’kmaq community in Richmond County, has been championing the need for a food bank for years.

When she was first elected in 2016, she made it a priority to tackle food insecurity within the community but she is adamant she could never have done it alone.

Although she couldn’t remember everyone who has helped, she said Tahirih Paul was instrumental in securing funding, Mary Susan Lafford worked tirelessly to help with fundraising efforts and CEO Crystal Nicholas and Chief Wilbert Marshall helped in many ways. Full story here.

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