The Qajuqturvik Food Centre (QFC, formerly Qayuqtuvik Society) has been an integral component to the lives of Iqaluit’s most food insecure individuals for as long as most Iqalummiut can remember. While there have been multiple locations over the years, our basic mission has always been to provide a daily meal without judgement. For the past decade we have operated out of Building 655 next to the Anglican Cathedral, a facility that was custom-built for our needs and which has become a recognizable fixture in the community.
The generosity and volunteer effort of community members have been fundamental to the QFC’s ability to serve the community, both past and present. In recent years, the limits of a purely volunteer approach have become clear, so thanks to the efforts of Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society (NDMS) Inclusion Café was formed, a social enterprise that dramatically increased both the quality and the quantity of food we could produce, and which supports in-demand work training and food skills development in the community. We are proud of our efforts and are driven by a desire to do more in our community. The daily meal will always continue, but we would like to expand to address some of the root causes of food insecurity faced by our guests. The additional programming we have developed over the years has supported community members, but has been limited by volunteer capacity and strained resources.
After years of fundraising efforts we have at last found ourselves in a position to hire dedicated operational staff, and we are excited about what we might accomplish in the future. With this new potential, the Board of Directors’ role is about to experience a fundamental shift from operations to strategy and oversight. With our newfound staffing situation, we are now seeking nominations to the board from those who may not have had the time to commit in the past. We are particularly in need of those whose background, professional or otherwise, affords them a strong insight into the issues contributing to food insecurity and their potential solutions.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on May 22nd where we will be electing our board of directors for the coming year. We invite not only those who are interested in becoming potential members but anyone who is interested to know more about our aspirations. We encourage you to share this invitation with anyone you feel might help us in our mission.