The Centretown Emergency Food Centre lost a very dear friend when its long-time supporter Elisabeth (Betty) Neelin died on July 22, 2022 at the age of 90 years. Her funeral took place on Sunday, August 14 at 2 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa.
She was an elder of Knox for 44 years, and a founding member of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee and also of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Among her many honours for her leadership and outstanding service, she was named Citizen of the Year for the City of Ottawa in 1986.
Betty served as the volunteer Coordinator of the Food Centre for its first ten years. As Chair of CCSAC for many years she was the driving force behind many social justice initiatives in Ottawa, such as the founding of the Ottawa Food Bank, and on the Board of Daybreak Housing. She was a mentor and inspiration to our Food Centre staff and volunteers alike, and her concern for the welfare of our clients never wavered. Until she and Jim moved to Almonte, she was a regular visitor to the Centre, bringing toiletry items for clients that we were unable to supply from our own resources.
The Food Centre was honoured to name its volunteer award after Betty, and to present her with its first Betty Neelin Distinguished Service Award.
The Food Centre extends its deepest sympathy to her husband, Jim Neelin, their children and grandchildren. Betty will long be remembered by her many CEFC friends and fellow volunteers.