Lisa Zolinski, right, accepted the fair trade award in Toronto.
BY MELISSA ROBBINS
Not even two years in business The Fresh Carrot, an organic store in Gimli, won a fair trade award. Following the award nomination, The Fresh Carrot was invited to Toronto, Ontario to attend the award ceremony.
Any fair trade business can be nominated for the award. Criteria for award consideration would mean a store’s inventory is received through organized trade and money for purchases goes straight to the producer. With it being a fairly new award, this was the second annual fair trade award ceremony. The Fresh Carrot is co-owned by Lisa Zolinski and her husband Terry.
Zolinsky said being at the ceremony was such a positive experience as it allowed her to meet other fair trade retailers and suppliers from different businesses. When asked how many people were nominated for the award, she was not positive, although said it was the largest category of nominees.
“It made us feel even better (to win) not only a national award, but to win out of the largest category”, said Zolinsky.
A variety of fair trade products are available at The Fresh Carrot, as Zolinsky said that she does everything she can to try and educate people about how items purchased affect the livelihoods in other countries.
“Anything you can think of should be fair trade. Meaning that the people who are making it are being treated properly and fairly for the work they are doing”, said Zolinsky.
As the sixth fair trade community in Canada, Gimli has been presented with a new sign on the outskirts of town. On Oct. 23, a representative from the Canada Fair Trade Network was in town to unveil the sign stating Gimli is a “Fair Trade” town. See the photo in next weeks Interlake Spectator.
“At least that will make it more known to people when they are driving by on the hwy, that this is a good place to make home. It sets us apart from everyone else”, said Zolinski.