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.