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Think Turkey recognizes eight holiday heroes in first-ever Wishbone Awards

Eight award recipients will receive a $2,500 grant towards holiday community efforts
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To kick-off the holiday season, Think Turkey is celebrating eight unsung heroes with the first-ever Wishbone Awards.

Launched in response to rising food insecurity in Canada, the Wishbone Awards recognize and support community heroes who help put holiday meals on the table for those in need. Nominations opened nationally from November 2 to 15, 2023, inviting Canadians to share the story of a community member who embodies the holiday spirit and is dedicated to fighting food insecurity. 

On December 5, Think Turkey announced the eight Wishbone Award recipients, who will each receive a $2,500 grant to help fund their 2023 community efforts. The full list of recipients, along with their inspiring stories, can be found at ThinkTurkey.ca/Wishbone.

Among these recipients are Mike and Deanna Diab, founders of Talking Over Turkey, which has donated thousands of turkey dinners within the Windsor-Essex community, and Raymond Carignan, president of the Fondation d’Entraide de Brossard, Quebec who works tirelessly during the holidays and year-round to provide meals to students and community members.

“From hand-delivering hundreds of turkeys to dedicating their holidays to hosting a community dinner, these eight selfless heroes go above and beyond each year to spread holiday cheer in their communities,” said Darren Ference, Chair, Turkey Farmers of Canada. “We were incredibly moved by the Wishbone Award recipients’ stories and are honoured to contribute to their holiday initiatives at a time when Canadians need it most.”

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