Breakfast Club of Canada and Air Canada Foundation make dreams come true for three BC Aboriginal youth
Montreal, January 26, 2017 – For the third consecutive year, Breakfast Club of Canada and the Air Canada Foundation were the proud hosts of a dream trip to Montreal for three BC students, as part of the annual Shooting for the Stars contest, organized by Breakfast Club of Canada, the Air Canada Foundation, and Carey and Angela Price of the Montreal Canadiens. While there, the three recipients from the communities of Anahim Lake, Williams Lake and Quesnel, British Columbia, met and skated with the star goaltender. Each is involved with the Club in their community and was picked by their respective school administration and Carey Price himself in recognition of their unique life experiences and touching stories.
A few years ago, Carey travelled to his home community of Anahim Lake along with Club Founding President Daniel Germain and Micheline Villeneuve, Air Canada Foundation Manager to observe one of the Club’s breakfast programs in action. Already a major supporter of the Club’s mission, the Foundation wanted to do even more for the next generation. In collaboration with Carey and Angela Price and the Club, they created a one-of-a-kind experience for deserving youth from Aboriginal communities some of which played a big role in Carey’s life.
This year, Cassius from Williams Lake, Chrissie from Anahim Lake and Allison from Quesnel had the opportunity to fly to Montreal, accompanied by their chaperones, with Central Mountain Air and Air Canada to enjoy a series of fun-filled activities, with the participation of members of Breakfast Club of Canada and representatives of the Air Canada Foundation. They laced up for some quality time on the ice with Carey Price at the Bell Sports Complex before a team practice. The three youth watched from the Air Canada box at the Bell Centre as the Montreal Canadiens faced off against the Calgary Flames and a meet and greet with their idol, Carey Price, after the game. The trip also included special activities such as visiting the Biodôme, taking the metro, meeting the Mayor of Montreal, touring the Old Port, and shopping downtown. Accommodations for the young contest winners and their chaperones were provided courtesy of Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, and all of the activities and services were made possible by the Club’s valued partners, including the Air Canada Foundation, Central Mountain Air, Cora, Costco, La Cage – Brasserie Sportive, Bâton Rouge de la Montagne and the City of Montreal.
“We are delighted to be part of this amazing experience,” said Carey and Angela Price. “It was very important for us to give back to these communities and do something meaningful for the kids there. In the past three years, the young people we have met through Shooting for the Stars have profoundly touched our hearts. They are so special and we are grateful to Breakfast Club of Canada and the Air Canada Foundation for helping us make these moments come to life.”
“It is a privilege for the Air Canada Foundation to be part of such a wonderful project that opens a world of possibilities for these children,” said Micheline Villeneuve, Air Canada Foundation Manager. “Meeting Carey and Angela Price, proud First Nations ambassadors for the Breakfast Club of Canada, is a very special and exciting experience for them as well.”
For three years now, Breakfast Club of Canada has had the tremendous honour of collaborating with Carey and Angela Price, in their role as the Club’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit program ambassadors. Their commitment has translated into ongoing support for the Club’s work and an exceptional contribution to the Shooting for the Stars initiative, through this contest as well as a fundraising dinner at Mission Hill Winery in Kelowna during the summer.
“This project means a great deal to us, and we are extremely indebted not only to the Air Canada Foundation and Carey and Angela Price for their time and support but also to all our partners for reaching out to these kids,” beamed Daniel Germain, president and founder of Breakfast Club of Canada. “Together, we hope to do even more for Aboriginal youth. Shooting for the Stars clearly shows that the Club is about more than breakfast. We nourish children’s minds and individual potential by giving them an equal chance to succeed in life and letting them chase their dreams.”
Breakfast Club of Canada is active in 194 schools in Aboriginal communities across Canada. Every day, more than 20,624 students in these communities use the Club’s services, with a total of 3,402,960 breakfasts served to them every year. Currently, 97 schools in Aboriginal communities are on the Club’s wait list.
About the Breakfast Club of Canada
For 22 years, Breakfast Club of Canada has been nourishing children’s potential by making sure as many of them as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school, in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. But the Club is much more than a breakfast program: we take a broader approach that promotes the core values of engagement, enrichment and empowerment, and we team up with communities and local partners to develop solutions adapted to their specific needs. Operating from coast to coast, the Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 163,000 students every day in 1,455 schools.
About the Air Canada Foundation
The Air Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth, was launched in 2012. It offers financial and in-kind support, through travel assistance, to Canadian registered charities. Core programs include the Air Canada Foundation Hospital Transportation Program, which donates Aeroplan Miles to pediatric hospitals across Canada, enabling children to access medical care unavailable locally, and the Volunteer Involvement Program, which recognizes the involvement of Air Canada employees in their local communities by providing airline tickets to registered charities in support of their fundraising activities. The Foundation, in collaboration with the airline, also participates directly in fundraising activities such as the Every Bit Counts program, which encourages customers to donate loose change on board flights or through airport collection containers. The Foundation also offers continued support to major health-related causes that benefit Canadians and actively participates in international humanitarian relief activity as the need arises. For more information about the Air Canada Foundation, please visit www.aircanada.com/foundation or the 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report: