The following is a preview from the April 2019 issue of The Scoop, the quarterly printed magazine for Dal-Tile team members. The issue will be mailed to team members’ home addresses and posted in PDF format to myMohawk next month.
Hertlein and his wife Arlene (third and fourth from left) joined Daltile Calgary SSC teammates (from L to R) Doreen Mueller, Ron Lalonde, Cheryl Yacie, Madison Cooke, Melissa Rostotski, Adam Goodman and Ramil Cero to volunteer to serve dinner to Calgary’s homeless and low-income residents in mid-February.
On the Sunday afternoon in mid-February when the Daltile Calgary SSC team assembled south of the downtown area, the high temperature that day was -11. The low was -21. While their visit had been planned during the holiday season, they were undeterred by the frigid conditions.
“As a team, we thought there had to be a more meaningful way to tell our customers that we were thinking of them at Christmas,” said Brent Hertlein, SSC manager. “We decided to send and deliver letters to let them know that in lieu of gifts, we as a group were going to volunteer to feed the less fortunate.”
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary’s Feed the Hungry program offers a Sunday dinner 49 weeks out of the year, and hundreds of members of the area’s homeless and low-income population regularly gather for the meal at St. Mary’s Hall.
“We were able to serve 428 hot dinner plates to the more than 300 guests who showed up,” Hertlein said. “That’s a lot of full stomachs that needed a hot meal on a bitterly cold day. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of our team.”