Bert Isackson has done a lot of things in his life. At 90, looking back he sees his wife Thelma and their 65 year marriage as the most significant milestone of his life. Bert is of Canadian, Irish and Norwegian heritage and has worked in a shingle mill, commercially fished and labored at a number of area shipyards. He wanted to stay active after retirement so he turned his attentions to the Blaine Food Bank in 1979. His dedication to this community effort has assisted many families in times of need and inspired others to support this purpose with their time and money.
Bert Isackson says that he can see deep into people's hearts and knows there are a few stinkers out there but mostly, there are a lot of good people. He likes to help people and our food bank has become a focus for his deep passions. Bert was recently voted vice president of the food bank although he said he wasn't running for office at the time. "I've even had people call me at home to thank me. Our food bank regularly feeds 180 families or more each week." Clearly, it is because of Burt and the 20 other volunteers, that this gesture of neighborly goodwill is possible.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.