Blackfalds’ Chris Keim is Northern Lights recipient

On October 12, Chris Keim was recognized for helping to launch a free meal program for low-income families.

When faced with having to close his coffee shop, After the Grind, due to COVID-19, Blackfalds resident Chris Keim saw an opportunity to support the community. He partnered with the Blackfalds Food Bank, where he also serves as vice chair, and the Blackfalds Family and Community Support Services to launch the Lunch Box Program. This initiative assists low-income families by offering healthy breakfast, lunch and snacks every Tuesday and Thursday. By utilizing the coffee shop, Chris provides space for food preparation and staff with food handling certification.

According to his nominator, “Chris exemplifies volunteerism by leading by example and being the change he wants to see in the community. Chris feels it is important that he impacts the lives of those in the community, especially those living with food insecurity.”

Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program honours the everyday heroes who are helping to make life better in communities across the province.

During these times, the volunteers in our communities deserve our gratitude now more than ever. And the Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Program gives them the recognition they deserve.

Individuals and groups from across the province can be nominated for the program if they:

  • contribute unpaid service to the community through formal or informal volunteering
  • demonstrate community spirit
  • serve as a role model for others in their community

Volunteers who are selected through the program will:

  • be profiled on the website
  • receive a letter of recognition from the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women