The Sault’s Sling Choker Group Assists With Rural Meals on Wheels


The Covid-19 Pandemic left the Meals on Wheels program operated by the Physically Handicapped Adults’ Rehabilitation Association (PHARA) in the Bruce Mines, Thessalon, Thessalon First Nation and Iron Bridge thinking of temporarily closing two months ago. PHARA shared their concern with organizations in the Algoma area and something unexpected happened.

“They called us. Sling Choker called PHARA. Someone told someone who told someone who, you get the idea,” shares Mike Van der Vlist, PHARA CEO, adding, “Word spread and the employees of Sling Choker Manufacturing stepped up. They have helped keep the meals flowing to those in need. It has been an amazing partnership as we feared having to close temporarily.” PHARA shares that the assistance of Sling Choker Mfg. from the Sault complimented their low volunteer numbers as some needed to self-isolate due to the pandemic. It has allowed the organization to continue to recruit additional volunteers.

Sling Choker Manufacturing staff drive back and forth from Sault Ste. Marie to Thessalon to aid the Meals on Wheels program, a round trip of 2 hours and 180 km.

“We have amazing volunteers, and when the pandemic ends, many more will be back. We just want to thank our volunteers who are amazing people, and Sling Choker for becoming part of our team”, shared Ann Boudah, Supervisor – Client Services at PHARA’s Thessalon site.