New Christmas dinner coordinator found
Diane McKay says she is elated to have found a new coordinator for the Creemore Community Christmas Dinner.
Donna Baylis, a Dunedin resident, has stepped up to fill the role.
Baylis said she was planning to attend this year’s dinner anyway and knew that someone had to carry on the local tradition.
“I am uniquely positioned to do it because I have a small family and my mom is in BC,” she said. “We need a coordinator and I have some experience coordinating.”
The dinner was established in 2001 and McKay has been the coordinator since 2003. She has had to step down because of health issues, both personal and in the family.
Almost 150 people attended last year’s Christmas dinner at the Legion. The dinner is free and open to everyone. It is meant to provide a welcoming place for people who may otherwise be alone on Christmas Day.
McKay will be around to help Baylis in her new role but there is also a solid team of volunteers already in place.
Not much will change this year. Volunteers work on Dec. 24 to decorate the Legion and prepare food.
Guests are invited to enjoy entertainment beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. Dinner, prepared under the guidance of chefs Jim Henderson and Natalie Seltzer, is served at 6 p.m.
There are many opportunities to get involved. Organizers are looking for sponsors and volunteers to help prepare food, set up, clean up and deliver hot meals to those who can’t get out to the dinner.
The entire production is supported by the community, and there’s even enough left over to give gifts to people in need.
Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to contact Baylis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-466-2523. Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at TD Bank by making a deposit to the events trust account, number 0330 5202657.