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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Erin and Tom Osterberg


Erin and Tom Osterberg are Rotary members in the community of Mission, BC, who, for the past three years have managed a program called "Isthmus: Because Hunger Doesn't Take Weekend Off." This program aims to feed the hungry school children of Mission by sending home backpacks filled with food every weekend of the school year.

Erin and Tom are so passionate about youth in their community that they have spent countless hours soliciting donations, shopping, packing, and delivering backpacks to the schools – never once meeting the children whose lives they are impacting and changing as the program is anonymous and participants are selected by school administration. Their two young children Tyson, age 9, and Elena, age 7, also participate and contribute to the program helping weekly to pack the backpacks. Erin and Tom are passionate volunteers in the Mission community, and are always ready to help when a need is identified.