Total Advantage's Liz Mandol Volunteers With Prime Minister Trudeau
Posted on 07/01/2017 | About Toronto, Ontario
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Total Advantage Travel's very own Liz Mandol had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to share her volunteering traditions with the Prime Minister of Canada.
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Total Advantage's Liz Mandol has been a Travel Consultant for over seven years and she specializes in travel to India & Jamaica, as well as Sandals & Riu resorts. She loves to travel and to share her incredible knowledge and passion with her clients.
Since the late 1990s, Liz has been spending her free time giving back to the community. Each Saturday, she volunteers for the Muslim Welfare Centre's Meals on Wheels program. She prepares lunches for homeless people of all faiths - about 350 lunches per week, to be delivered to the Salvation Army, the Goodwill Club For Men and the Seaton House Annex Program.
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Each year, during the Muslim month of Ramadan, Liz takes part in an annual tradition: preparing Ramadan Baskets for underprivileged families, during a drive called Project Ramadan. These baskets include the cooking staples required to feed a family of four during the entire month of Ramada! The Ramadan Baskets help families across Canada, and travel as far as Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
This annual food drive attracts the support of local political leaders. In past years, Toronto Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have generously donated their time to help prepare baskets and raise awareness.
This year, the Muslim Welfare Centre was fortunate to be visited by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Prime Minister was going to be in Toronto for a very short amount of time that day, but asked if he could volunteer what little time he could spare, helping Project Ramadan and learning about the Muslim Welfare Centre.
"It was emotional," Liz recalled. "Everyone was so touched that a Prime Minister would ask to help us out! The volunteers were all so excited - they just wanted to touch him and shake his hand. This visit brought so much energy to our team. Everyone was so happy!"