2014 is the 30th year for the Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner
This tradition was started in 1985 by Rocky Addison, his family, and a few close friends.
The first dinner was attended by 30 people and was held in a small church on the corner of 8th Street and Victoria Avenue in Brandon, Manitoba which Rocky owned. It outgrew the capacity of the church and was moved to the Prairie Oasis Senior Centre. The number of people attending the dinner increased to a point where the dinner had to be moved once again to a larger facility – the Keystone Centre. This past Christmas we delivered 2200 meals to shut-ins and served 2300 meals to those who attended the dinner.
The Christmas season is often a very lonely time for people from all walks of life. Everyone is welcome to come to The Keystone Centre for a nice hot meal, live entertainment, presents for the kids, fellowship and of course a visit with Santa Claus.
This year the Dinner will be held at the Victoria Inn at 3550 Victoria Avenue in the Grand Salon from 12 noon until 6pm.
Last year was my families first time to volunteer at this event. We had such a good time serving meals, clearing tables and just being a part of something that was giving back to the community that I felt like I wanted to do more. So I did! I am now a board member for this wonderful charity.
The Westman Traditional Christmas Dinner could not happen without the many volunteers. The reasons they give their time are too numerous and sometimes too private to mention. We accept all gifts of time whether it is “giving back to the community” or “the best therapy for loneliness” or “great idea to support”.
Phone: 204-728-7987 (November 16 to December 26)
Board of Directors Office Located at:
404 18th St N, Brandon, MB (North side)
Unit 100, 1300 – 18th St
Brandon, MB R7A 6X7