OTTAWA –  Today, an Ottawa-area Olympian rolled up his sleeves and flexed his packing muscles at the Ottawa Food Bank’s Spring Food Drive, on now ahead of the upcoming Easter long-weekend.  Michael Tayler, who earned a top-20 finish in the K-1 slalom event at London 2012, joined the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) and like-minded Ottawa-area volunteers as they worked to keep up with the flow of donations that came into the 1317 Michael Street location over the course of the day.

“Just as Olympians inspire us through their dedication and excellence on the field of play, they can also inspire us through their dedication in other areas as well,” said Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “It is wonderful to see Michael setting this example as they give back to their community during this important time of year.”

“Having grown up in Ottawa it’s really great to be able to get involved and give back to the community like this,” said Tayler. “I think it’s really important to remember that even things that can seem small, like volunteering, can make a big difference in the long-run.”

In addition to volunteering in Ottawa on Thursday, Olympians will also be working hard at the spring food drives of their local food banks on Saturday, March 30th in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.  The Canadian Olympic Committee is proud of this growing initiative and anticipates that even more Olympians will be volunteering in their home-town food drives in more cities across the country in the months to come.

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