Favorite quote: “Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud” – Maya Angelou
Fun fact: I come from a HUGE family; my mom has 17 siblings and my dad has 8. Funny enough, I only have 2 sisters!
It was Monday morning and we were all set up for a phone interview in our cozy downtown Vancouver conference room. We dialed the Winnipeg-based number, and then, it happened: we heard what was possibly the softest and most adorable voice on the planet. ‘Hi, this is Maxine!’ We already loved her. A few minutes into the interview, we knew she was our latest recruit. Today, we are so glad she is part of our team!
BCC: What’s your role at Breakfast Club of Canada?
I’m a Program Coordinator, I support schools in Manitoba and Ontario. Most of them are in rural locations, and many have a high percentage of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit population.
My role also includes developing and maintaining the procurement projects in Manitoba. I invest a lot of time in there because these projects help both BCC and the schools develop high quality and low-cost programs that can run in a sustainable way – our ultimate goal! Nutrition is my passion, so I’m a member of the Nutrition Committee, like my colleague Danelle.
BCC: What made you want to work with Breakfast Club Canada?
My passion for child nutrition and nutrition education isn’t new: I’ve always been interested in this topic and even teach a Community Nutrition class at the University of Manitoba. I believe that investing in the health of children is a sure way to create a better future for them.
Working closely with school staff that is preparing and serving food to students every day is very rewarding. I get to share my knowledge with them, answer their questions, and give them ideas or suggestions to run their breakfast program even better.
BCC: What is your favorite part of your school visits?
I’m always impressed by the staff and volunteers who prepare, serve and clean up breakfast every morning. They often are the first ones to arrive at their school in the wee hours of the day. Some of them serve up to 200 kids every day, and yet, they are energetic, dedicated, generous, and never complain. They are true heroes! I think children visit their school’s breakfast club for the food, but also because they can expect a warm ‘Hello!’ and a smile every morning. That is also worth so much!