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In the Community: Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability Law

June 3rd, 2021In the Community

Last year we profiled Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability Law, about their recent partnership with The Food Bank of Waterloo Region and discussed the importance of collaboration and community engagement.

This year, we continue the conversation by delving a bit deeper into their motivation and what it means to be a community partner. We once again chat with Lisa Morell, Partner at Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability Law.

Click here to read part one of their In the Community profile from December 2019.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): When did you hear about The Food Bank?

 Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): I have always been aware of The Food Bank as long as I have lived in Kitchener. As a lawyer, I started out working in the areas of family, criminal and Child Protection law. I had many clients who depended on The Food Bank. I have always been aware of the hardship faced by many families to put food on the table, especially as other fixed costs rise, such as cost of living expenses like utilities and taxes.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): What prompted you to start supporting The Food Bank as a sponsor?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): Over time, as need has grown, funding concerns have also grown. As my practice matured and Morell Kelly Professional Corporation had the ability and the desire to support various community initiatives, I decided to support The Food Bank as a priority because I believe it is a basic human right for everyone to have access to nutritious and sufficient food. I also believe that if people do not have their food needs adequately met, that becomes an obstacle to them in terms of moving forward with their other personal needs and goals, such as obtaining housing, treatment for mental health, addiction and education.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): What is the motivation/driver for continuing to support The Food Bank?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): I believe due to the pandemic that the needs of The Food Bank have and will continue to increase. Now is not the time for sponsors to disengage in terms of providing their support to The Food Bank which not only provides food to people but also is an important resource in terms of helping people access other community supports including critical housing and social supports.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): What would you say to encourage others to support The Food Bank?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): I encourage everyone to whatever they can do to support The Food Bank, whether through donations big or small of cash, food or time as The Food Bank desperately needs support from the community it supports.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): What interests you most about The Food Bank?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): I find The Food Bank so interesting because it is truly the product of community collaboration.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): Has COVID-19 impacted how or why you support The Food Bank?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): COVID-19 has caused many people and families in our community to suffer financial hardship so The Food Bank will be facing increased demands and the level of support it can provide to people in need will be largely dependent upon support received from the community it serves.

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (The Food Bank): As a supporter of The Food Bank, what have you learned about The Food Bank that you didn’t know?

Morell Kelly Accident, Injury & Disability (Morell Kelly): The Food Bank is fascinating to me because I have really learned about its comprehensiveness. It is really a case of many individuals and companies coming forward to coordinate their resources in an efficient way to serve the community. Providing food to hungry families and children is an important way to provide support which actually provides a foundation for the other supports that can be accessed in our community. By providing food to people The Food Bank literally supports every other community initiative.