International Volunteer Day: The people who really do make the world go round
Breakfast Club of Canada (the Club) is built on the dream that one day all Canadian children will have an equal chance to succeed by starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in a safe and supportive environment. We believe that as a community, we must ensure all students have the right to thrive, learn, dream, and grow to their full potential. Cummins Western Canada (CWC) shares this belief and began a partnership with the Club in 2013. Through their generous support and commitment to Canadian children, the Club was not only able to launch two new breakfast programs in BC and Alberta, but their local staff volunteer on a weekly basis. Volunteers really are the heart and soul of the Club. Across Canada there are over 11,500 dedicated people currently donating their time to help us brighten our children’s future, and Jacob Stansbury is one of these people.
Jacob is a busy CWC Branch Manager living in Edmonton with his wife and two children. Volunteering has always been a priority for Jacob, in fact, what initially attracted him to CWC was their corporate responsibility program and three global priority areas of giving back (Education, Environment and Social Justice/Equality of Opportunity). A major part of Jacob’s role is to ensure his team is engaging and supporting their local community and trust me, he does just that! Jacob and his team volunteer their time at École à la Découverte’s breakfast program every week. Last year, 2-3 times a week they would arrive at the school for 7:15 am and help prep and feed 100 students a nourishing breakfast. But this year, participation increased by 40% and they had to restructure their process. Now, every Tuesday-Thursday Jacob and his team arrive at the school for 10:00am and spend a few hours preparing food for the following day’s breakfast program. They ensure there is plenty of healthy food that can be served to all 140 students in a timely manner.
Breakfast Club of Canada programs would not be possible without people like Jacob.