Canada: Raising Funds for School Lunches and Women’s CenterLynette Searle (left), Materials Coordinator; and Kris Drodge, Barge Supervisor for GSF Grand Banks, present a check to Gerry Colbert, Executive Director, School Lunch Association.


The crew of the GSF Grand Banks, working offshore Newfoundland on the White Rose Field, raised more than C$12,000 during their annual Christmas fundraising event and were pleased to donate these funds between two worthy local charities – Marguerite’s Place and the School Lunch Association.

“The GSF Grand Banks Social Committee is a volunteer group comprised of offshore workers that support the entire crew onboard the GSF Grand Banks and their belief that local charitable efforts should be supported,” said Kris Drodge, Barge Supervisor. “We want to thank all of this year’s participating companies, particularly Transocean and Husky, for their support during the holiday season and during our fundraising effort.”

Kris Drodge (left), Barge Supervisor; and Lynette Searle (right), Materials Coordinator for GSF Grand Banks, present a check to Leslie MacLeod, Executive Director and Sheila Ryan, Program Coordinator, Marguerite’s Place. Marguerite’s Place is a non-profit charitable organization that serves women in St. John’s and the Avalon Region. They offer a safe and comfortable space where women can meet and receive information and support. The St. John’s Women’s Centre is a project of the St. John’s Status of Women Council. As a forerunner in providing women-centered services, including housing, self-empowerment and capacity-building initiatives, they have much experience in working with women who have been marginalized, including those at risk of homelessness.

The School Lunch Association has been helping hungry children since 1989 and is the largest school lunch program in Atlantic Canada. Approximately 2,700 students in 11 elementary schools in the St. John’s area have access to the school lunch program regardless of their family’s ability to pay.