Kids putting hands together on the table

Boucherville – September 28th, 2021 – Today, Breakfast Club of Canada is launching its annual back-to-school fundraising campaign with Walmart Canada to raise money for school and community breakfast programs. These programs are crucial to help children develop healthy habits and reach their full potential especially since recent data show an increase in attendance – between 5% and 100%, depending on the province – for breakfast programs in Canada compared to the previous year.

 

Walmart is inviting its associates and customers to participate in this year’s campaign from September 28 to October 22 by donating at the checkout in-store and online on Walmart.ca. Walmart will also generously match customer donations, with a corporate matching grant of $820,000.

In these unpredictable times, the Club and its partners continue to raise awareness about food insecurity for children while ensuring it can continue to reach the considerable number of students that have benefitted from these programs over the past year. Despite Canada being a developed nation, 1 in 3 children risks starting school on an empty stomach.

For the past 19 years, Walmart Canada has worked with Breakfast Club of Canada, raising more than $55 million. This long-lasting partnership is a major support for the Club and its 3,183 programs in academic and community settings across the country to feed 490,974 children each day.

“The Club is honoured to be supported by partners such as Walmart who understand the importance of the work we do for children. We can always count on their continued support and, through the annual fundraising campaign, we have the chance to reach millions of Canadians and encourage more and more people to support our cause. The strong relationship we have forged with Walmart is a compelling way to get the word out about the Club and our mission.” said Tommy Kulczyk, General Manager at Breakfast Club of Canada.

“Food plays a critical role in fueling children to learn and grow into healthy adults. That’s why Walmart Canada remains committed to using our size and scale to fight hunger and food insecurity and to deliver on our mission to help families live better,” said Nabeela Ixtabalan, Executive Vice President, People and Corporate Affairs at Walmart Canada. “Dollars raised through our annual Breakfast Club of Canada campaign will provide support and resources for school and community breakfast programs.”

 

About Breakfast Club of Canada

Accredited by Imagine Canada for its effective governance, the Club provides much more than breakfast: its approach is based on commitment, self-esteem and capacity development using an optimal formula adapted to local needs. Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 490,000 children and youth in 3,183 programs the country. To learn more, visit breakfastclubcanada.org or follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

 

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving 1.5 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, Walmart.ca is visited by more than 900,000 customers daily. With more than 100,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada was recently recognized as a LinkedIn Top Company of 2021 and was also named one of Canada’s most popular brands (based on Google searches). Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart Canada has raised and donated more than $500 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

 

Media Contact

For more information and to schedule interviews with Breakfast Club of Canada spokespeople, please contact:

Julie Hauville

Media Relations, Breakfast Club of Canada

julie.hauville@breakfastclubcanada.org

 

Felicia Fefer

Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada

Felicia.Fefer@walmart.com

Today, we are talking to Anick Lamothe, blogger, author, translator and mother. Anick has also been volunteering with Breakfast Club of Canada since 2013. The self-avowed foodie behind the blog Une mère poule un peu dingue has created a collection of 10 nutritious and delicious recipes for the Club. These delicious recipes are available as part of Circle K and Couche Tard’s fundraising campaigns for BCC.

 

Meet the creator of flavours Anick Lamothe :

 

You seem to have led several different lives. Can you tell us a little more about your background?

When I was younger, I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer. I actually worked as a notary for three years and I hated it! I always had a thing for healthy eating, and since I was already making homemade baby food for my daughter, I started making some for friends of mine who were new moms. This was the original impetus behind Les aliments La Mère Poule, which I co-founded with my mother. The idea was a success, but my mother fell ill and we had to sell the business. Not long after that, I ventured into the world of pharmaceutical development, and that’s when I decided to start giving back to society. The Club was a natural choice, given my love for children.

 

What sparked your passion for cooking?

When I was a little girl, my mother used to sit me down beside her while she was working in the kitchen. I had my own miniature rolling pin and I even used to make pies! I always found comfort in the smells coming from the kitchen. As I grew older, I picked up the pastime of reading cookbooks like other people would read novels. Cooking is a great way to bring families together and share special moments. That’s what it means to me.

Anick Lamotte Cookbook

What is your favourite dish or recipe?

I tend to lean more toward the savoury than I do the sweet. For the longest time, my favourite thing to make was my grandmother’s mocha cake or her “fridge cookies.” But now, I’m far too curious to limit myself to a single choice.

 

Why did you choose to get involved with Breakfast Club of Canada?

Because children can’t learn when they’re hungry, and education is the key to success. Growing brains want to learn, but they can’t do it on their own. I think fighting food insecurity is basically a civic duty. It’s an investment in the future of our society. I’m someone who’s constantly on the go, so the only time I had to volunteer was early in the morning. That’s why the Club’s breakfast program was the perfect solution for me: I could lend a hand to a deserving organization while helping children eat better.

 

How does this come together in your day-to-day life?

Before the pandemic, we all helped set up the tables and prepare food, chatting merrily away as we went. The volunteers are in charge of serving breakfast and doing dishes. It’s a great opportunity to connect with the kids — we always have an encouraging word and a smile for each one. Some children even volunteer to help out, and that’s wonderful. I miss my talks with Fadia and her great big smile, and with Sophie, who’s just a little wisp of a thing. We are there to serve food to kids, but there’s a human warmth that goes in both directions. At the end of every shift, I’m always on cloud nine, even though it’s not necessarily easy to get up at 5:30 in the morning and crawl into a freezing cold car. But you get more than you give when you volunteer with a breakfast program.

 

What have you noticed about the children who frequent the breakfast program?

I live in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood, so there are lots of newcomers in our community. But everybody shares a love of maple syrup! What really stands out is how kind and polite the children are. You can see how nervous some of them are at first, but after a couple of weeks they feel right at home. What I’ve also noticed is how inclusive the whole thing is: you almost never see a child eating on their own. And all the different cultures come together!

 

Can you tell us a little more about the recipes you’ve created for the Club?

I wanted to come up with healthy, nutritionally balanced and easy-to-make recipes, but with a little something extra to expand young palates while still maintaining a broad appeal. So my version of oatmeal, for example, is made with spelt, a grain that is as healthy as it is yummy. My muffins use buckwheat flour and an egg, with a dash of inspiration from Korean street food cuisine!

 

 

Don’t miss the fundraising dates below. Make a donation at the store checkout of a Couche-Tard or Circle K, in Maritime locations, and get a link on your receipt to access these exclusive recipes!

Couche-Tard: September 14th  to 20th
Circle K – Maritimes: September 14th  to October 11th
Kids putting hands together on the table

Breakfast Club of Canada is currently looking for a Human Resources and Payroll Technician. Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the selected candidate will be responsible for accurately administering the employee payroll and administering the organization’s group insurance program. In addition, the candidate will contribute to staffing processes and the development of various projects related to activities led by the Human Resources team, including workplace health and safety, training and more. The candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the Club’s growth, working within a dynamic, collaboration-oriented environment.  

 

Breakfast Club of Canada promotes employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. 

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Serve as the expert point of contact for requests related to the Club’s payroll and benefits programs 
  • Manage the entire payroll cycle (Nethris) 
  • Manage employee benefits, specifically the group insurance and simplified pension plans  
  • Assist the Human Resources Advisor with staffing and onboarding processes  
  • Open files for work-related injuries and ensure follow-up  
  • Produce various monthly and annual reports  
  • Manage training requirements, including those related to Bill 90 and annual government reports  
  • Regularly update employee records (paper and digital)  
  • Ensure vacation and personal leave days are up to date in the payroll system 
  • Help develop and implement workplace health and safety procedures  
  • Complete relevant grant applications, as required 
  • Carry out any other tasks to ensure the department runs smoothly  

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS  

  • College diploma (DCS) in accounting, or experience in payroll management and human resources management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience 
  • Five to eight years of experience in a similar position  
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French  
  • Good business writing skills in both languages  
  • Familiarity with Canadian labour standards   
  • Thorough knowledge of labour-related laws and regulations  
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel  
  • Familiarity with Nethris payroll software, an asset 
  • Knowledge of the entire workforce cycle, an asset 
  • Understanding of the social economy, an asset 
  • Canadian Payroll Association certification, an asset 

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES 

  • Adherence to Breakfast Club of Canada values 
  • Customer service mindset 
  • Discipline and attention to detail  
  • Highly organized, with a knack for setting and managing priorities 
  • Strong time management skills 
  • Flexible and resourceful 
  • Tactful and sensitive 
  • Good listening skills and a keen sense of discretion 
  • Results-oriented 
  • Reliable and trustworthy 
  • Honest and ethical 

 

WORK CONDITIONS  

  • Permanent, full-time position 
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday 
  • The successful candidate will work out of the Boucherville headquarters (teleworking during COVID) 
  • Competitive salary 
  • Flexible hours 
  • Professional development 
  • Personal leave days 
  • Group RRSP with employer matching contributions 
  • Group insurance plan 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Must pass a background check 
  • Target start date: As soon as possible 

 



TO APPLY 

Please email your résumé and cover letter to CV@breakfastclubcanada.orgOnly selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Kids putting hands together on the table

Breakfast Club of Canada is currently looking for a Human Resources Advisor for a maternity leave replacement. The selected candidate will serve as an HR generalist, working closely with the Human Resources Director, and an advisor to the Club’s managers and employees for matters related to best practices, policies and procedures in human resources. The candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the Club’s growth, working within a dynamic, collaboration-oriented environment.  

 

Breakfast Club of Canada promotes employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Ensure organization-wide adherence to best practices, policies and procedures in human resources 
  • Provide support for all staffing processes 
  • Advise the management team on decisions related to organizational structure, culture, labour relations and other aspects of human resources management  
  • Contribute to the development, rollout and promotion of human resources processes, programs and policies within the organization  
  • Help implement projects and efforts for various committees, provide advice and information to facilitate decisions, and identify and apply improvements to existing methods  
  • Participate in human resources–related internal communications, working in cooperation with the Communications and Marketing team 
  • Ensure the entire employee lifecycle experience is enriching and equitable (onboarding, performance appraisal, upskilling, transfers/promotions, etc.) 
  • Help develop an employer brand that attracts, retains and engages candidates from a variety of backgrounds 
  • Regularly update and analyze human resources KPIs (dashboard)  
  • Monitor best practices and market trends in human resources management and equity, diversity and inclusion in order to guide the Club’s actionshelp it stand out and ensure it remains competitive  
  • Carry out any other tasks to ensure the department runs smoothly  

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS  

  • Bachelor’s degree in administration, human resources or industrial relations, or equivalent experience 
  • Five or more years of relevant experience 
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French  
  • Good business writing skills in both languages  
  • Thorough knowledge of labour-related laws and regulations  
  • Intermediate or advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel  
  • Familiarity with Nethris payroll software, an asset 
  • Knowledge of the entire workforce cycle 
  • Experience in implementing a diversity and inclusion plan 
  • Experience in employer branding   
  • Strong multitasking skills 
  • Organizational development skills 
  • Understanding of the social economy, an asset 
  • Member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, an asset 

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES 

  • Adherence to Breakfast Club of Canada values 
  • Good interpersonal skills 
  • Highly organized, with a knack for setting and managing priorities 
  • Strong time management skills 
  • Creative and proactive 
  • Resourceful 
  • Tactful and sensitive 
  • Results-oriented 
  • Reliable and trustworthy 
  • Honest and ethical 

 

WORK CONDITIONS  

  • Permanent, full-time position 
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday 
  • The successful candidate will work out of the Boucherville headquarters (teleworking during COVID) 
  • Competitive salary 
  • Flexible hours 
  • Professional development 
  • Personal leave days 
  • Group RRSP with employer matching contributions 
  • Employee assistance program 
  • Must pass a background check 
  • Target start date: As soon as possible 

 

TO APPLY 

Please email your résumé and cover letter to CV@breakfastclubcanada.orgOnly selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

Team picture Costco

As we continue to live through an unpredictable period, the Costco warehouse chain is once again stepping up as a major partner of Breakfast Club of Canada’s Back-to-School campaign this year.

This is a great way for Costco to make a difference and help nurture the potential of children by giving them an equal opportunity to succeed. “Costco started to be involved in the community in its early years. We are committed in our support of charitable activities in the communities where we operate, particularly with initiatives related to children, in the areas of health, welfare and education, as well as families in need, “said Benoit Louis-Seize, Manager of Benefits and Pension at Costco.

 

An essential commitment

Since the beginning of the pandemic, food insecurity has been a major issue across the country and continues to affect a great number of kids. In Canada, 1 in 3 children are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach. The success of this Back-to-School campaign is critical to be able to continue to reach the significant number of children who have benefited from breakfast programs over the past year. “Thanks to partners like Costco, the Club helps Canadian children start their school day on a full stomach,” explains Judith Barry, Co-Founder, Director of Impact and Provincial & Territorial Government Relations at Breakfast Club of Canada.

 

For 14 years now, the Club has been able to count on Costco as a valuable partner. Education and health, especially when it comes to children, are fundamental values for the company and the commitment of the employees in each of the warehouses rubs off on their customers, allowing them to offer a large number of breakfasts to Canadian children. The campaign results are shared on a daily basis between the warehouses and other businesses, which creates a friendly competition amongst the locations as all employees strive to achieve the most fundraising. Benoit Louis-Seize explains, “We also encourage them to have fun! Our employees and members are the key components. They are vital in the success of this campaign. It is our employees’ engagement that makes this successful, as they are responsible for asking every member who goes through their cash if they would like to make a donation to Breakfast Club of Canada throughout the entire campaign.”

 

Supporting future generations

Each year, with the help of members, vendors and employees, the company participates in a variety of fundraising activities and holds a fundraising campaign with the Children’s Miracle Network. It also supports the Canadian Red Cross, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Salvation Army and the United Way. Costco provides numerous university scholarships and more than 48,000 backpacks to underprivileged children across the country through its backpack program.

“We believe every child should be treated equally. They all deserve to have proper nutrition in order to be attentive and focus in class. We want children to have the opportunity to learn and achieve their goals without being distracted by an empty stomach,” says Benoit Louis-Seize. “It’s really important for us to be involved in our community, and our partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada allows us to provide concrete support for the development of future generations.”

 

Costco’s Back-to-School campaign runs until September 19, 2021 and donations can be made in 106 locations across Canada.