"The joy of reading, what a gift for all of us".
—David Northcott, Winnipeg Harvest
David Northcott has been the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest Food
Bank since 1984 with a short break in 2004 to 2007 to visit Africa, run
for office, and serve with the University of Winnipeg I.U. Studies and
Hospice & Palliative Care Manitoba.
David maintains an active
and passionate commitment to food security
issues and human rights. On December 30 he was appointed as a Member of
the Order of Canada for his commitment to fighting poverty and hunger in
David Northcott is married with 3 grown daughters and a new
granddaughter who all keep his life busy.
SCENE wants to know what Manitoban celebrities like David Northcott are reading. Read on to see what a broad palette he has.
Mine is an eclectic library. My wife Kathy has taken to e-books and is active in a book club that has her reading a book a week. The challenge I find is balancing my ongoing reading about food, hunger and poverty issues with non work-related books like aviation, sciences, and different kinds of fiction.
Right now I'm re-reading The End of Food
, by Paul Roberts
who also penned the popular book The End of Oil
. Robert's book explores what he calls the paradox that the food economy is pushed for more and cheaper food and yet food is a biological phenomenon. That gap, he says, is society's biggest challenge today.The End of Food
helps guide my thinking through the journey that drives people who are hungry in a food secure country. I am re-reading it to better understand the economic journey of food so that I can come to grips with the recent Turtle Island food security conference where we looked at the issue of food insecurity. Everyone agreed that food is primarily sacred and not just an economic commodity. I find it extremely interesting and re-reading it helps focus my thinking.
I have discovered the Scottish murder mystery writer, Ian Rankin
, and have read several of his titles now, with one on my bedside table at the moment.
I have just finished Mark Russinovich
's worrying book, Zero Day
that exposes the risk of computer hacking that he extrapolated to an international scale. It puts the privacy and freedom of individuals and countries at odds.
Finally I have returned to an old family favourite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See
? by Bill Martin
and Eric Carle
that I am reading to my new granddaughter. It is forging new relationships for me as a grandfather while at the same time reawakening memories from when I read the same book to my daughters many Christmases ago.
Thank you, Zoie, my granddaughter. Your gift to me is more than I could have imagined.
The joy of reading, what a gift for all of us.