This June marked the 51st year the Tsawwassen Shrine Club has held its salmon barbecue in Ladner.
After a two-year COVID hiatus, we were unsure how the community would respond. They responded in large numbers with our final tally of meals served at 1,300.
This event serves a number of purposes for our community. It provides an opportunity for people to become aware of our philanthropy, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, while raising funds to support donations to causes such as purchasing equipment for Delta Hospital, mobility aids for children whose families may otherwise be unable to afford the equipment, as well as funding the transportation expenses and treatment costs of patients at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. It also allows everyone to enjoy a delicious meal while socializing with their neighbors, family and friends.
Not all of those who participate in this event are Shriners. We receive help from many community volunteers. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all these volunteers for their selfless assistance and dedication to our cause.
I also want to thank Lions Gate Fisheries for sourcing our salmon. With only about six weeks’ notice that the barbecue was allowed to proceed and with a need to secure 1,500 pounds of salmon, they managed to secure enough for us.
Hugh Johnson/President/Tsawwassen Shrine Club