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Discover the Pigiurvik Elementary School program, located in the city of Salluit. This breakfast program is proof that good organization and the involvement of everyone can make a difference!

Mary Kennard, teacher at Pigiurvik Primary School

 

What is the one thing people need to know about your program?

The program is needed and appreciated in the community. Through Breakfast Club of Canada, food can be provided to everyone, with enough variety to please all, so everyone is welcome to say they would like to have cereal, milk, toast, fruit, or ask for more.

 

What are you most proud of in your program?

I’m proud that the teachers and administration recognize the importance of the club to the students in the school. They understand a student who has a full stomach is engaged and ready to learn.

I’m also proud that not only the teachers but the whole school community signed up to be a part of the breakfast program. When a large order arrives, everyone pitches in to help, from unloading the deliveries, sorting, and shelving the foods, to store the empty boxes!

 

What food could your breakfast program not go without?

It seems to be those Oatbox blueberry breakfast bars. The kids love them! They are the first thing we run out of!

 

If you could invite someone famous to breakfast at your school, who would it be and why?

I would invite our Governor General, Mary Simon. The children, however, might like to invite a band. Maybe The Jerry Cans!

 

Special breakfasts: What do kids look forward to?

We used to make pancakes. Unfortunately, our special breakfasts were pre-COVID-19, and sadly we haven’t been able to have one in a long time. Some students would measure and mix the ingredients, while others would cook the pancakes. Still others would count the number of people and put forks and plates on the table. Then we ate — pancakes, milk to drink, and fruit! Everyone helped clean up, and wash and dry the dishes. It was great fun for teachers and students — loud and a little chaotic — but still enjoyable. Occasionally, two classes would cook together, for twice the fun!

 

Special thanks to Mary Kennard, teacher at Pigiurvik Primary School in Salluit, in northern Quebec.

Nanaimo Ladysmith School Foundation

Breakfast Club of Canada has been a proud partner of Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation (NLSF) since 2015. They do a phenomenal job of mobilizing community resources in their network and preparing food deliveries for schools through their food depot. In 2021–2022, the number of schools supported by BCC under NLSF reached 21, with an average of 1,291 students benefiting daily.

 

In December, two BCC staff members had a chance to visit this dedicated Vancouver Island partner. The day brought several exciting moments as they joined NLSF’s Executive Director, Crystal Dennison, to visit several school programs and the food depot. They learned about the organization’s incredible local impacts along the way.

Nanaimo Ladysmith School Foundation

The first stop was Bayview Elementary School, where the breakfast program is run by the principal, Stephanie Stephens, and an educational assistant, Naomi Lajeunesse. Naomi has a strong passion for student nutrition and enjoys cooking and baking. She shared that NLSF’s food delivery service is highly appreciated because she wouldn’t have the time to shop for her breakfast program otherwise. Naomi praised NLSF’s healthy food support and how responsive Crystal is. “Time is the only thing that I wish I could have more of for the breakfast program,” said Naomi during the visit, which showed how limited staff resources are for running a breakfast program and emphasized the value of NLSF’s food delivery services.

 

The next stop was to one of the most robust school meal programs supported by NLSF, at John Barsby Community School. The program serves both breakfast and lunch in addition to providing food to five feeder schools. It is supported by Holly Knox, culinary arts teacher, and 25 students from her cooking program. There are two breakfast options: a centralized grab-and-go station and a classroom order delivery model. For the latter, students order from the menu, and meals are delivered to each classroom by cooking program participants. Holly couldn’t help but tear up when talking about how NLSF has helped the school grow the program to where it is today. She also thanked BCC for their generous and continuous support of NLSF.

 

The final stop was NLSF’s food depot, where all the magic happens! The food depot is where food donations and bulk purchases are sorted, stored and distributed to schools across the Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district. Tracy Gilbert, NSLF’s School Food Coordinator, is usually there to help load the Food4Schools delivery vehicle. She gave a fantastic tour of the depot — a bright and spacious area that is well equipped with both dry and cold storage. Healthy food products were neatly arranged on the shelves for easy sorting and retrieval. Surprisingly, Tracy is the only staff member coordinating food logistics and sorting deliveries at the depot, with occasional help from community members.

 

The depot and the schools visited are all a part of an innovative and impactful system created by Tracy and Crystal and supported by many others. The program used to be run out of Tracy and Crystal’s office until it was relocated to a storage unit and finally to this beautiful and well-organized location. The two have been consistently working side by side to extend the program impacts to more students and school communities.

 

When asked what the future looked like for NLSF’s Food4Schools program, Crystal shared that they hope the depot can grow into a fully functioning commercial kitchen, where they can cook and prepare food for participating schools. The schools benefit greatly from having food items delivered to them, but they still need to spend time preparing meals every morning. Crystal hopes that one day NLSF can take on that responsibility to free up even more time for educators to focus on teaching while the organization takes care of feeding the students.

 

This is all part of visualizing a future where all children can be fed equitably, and communities can rise together. BCC greatly appreciates NLSF’s dedication in running such an amazing food program and making the most of the resources and networks at their disposal to sustain quality breakfast programs for local school communities.

 

If you would like to learn more about NLSF’s Food4Schools program, you can visit their website at: https://www.nlsf.ca/food4schools/

If you are interested in John Barsby Community School’s meal program, be sure to watch this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFkV2TANZ68

Fruits and veggies

Looking to avoid food waste in your breakfast program? Want to ensure that your fruits and veggies stay fresher and tastier for longer? Here are eight great ideas on how to make the most of your produce!

 

  1. Remove any elastic bands from your vegetables after buying them. They can damage and break vegetables, especially leafy ones.
  2. Remove leaves from your root vegetables (radishes, carrots, parsnips, beets, etc.). Leaves tend to absorb all the water and decrease the shelf life of root vegetables.
  3. Punch holes in the plastic wrap of vegetables that come in trays to let them breathe. You may have noticed that the plastic wrap on mushrooms, for example, is already perforated. This helps prevent them from becoming slimy.
  4. Put your bananas in the fridge before they are too ripe. Their peels may turn black, but the fruit inside will stop ripening. You can make delicious banana slices now or store them in the freezer for subsequent use.
  5. Freeze your leftover fruit and use it later. Any fruit can be frozen. Tip: Spread the fruit or fruit pieces out on a large baking sheet and put in the freezer for an hour. Then transfer to an airtight container to store. This way, the individual pieces will freeze separately, so if you need a certain quantity, you won’t have to defrost the whole batch. Frozen fruit can be added to yogurt, porridge, muffins, smoothies — anything!
  6. Add lime or lemon juice to your fruit salad to keep it fresh. This will stop the fruit from browning and keep your salad appetizing.
  7. Put a paper towel at the bottom of berry containers to absorb moisture. This will increase the shelf life of your berries and prevent the formation of mould.
  8. Freeze any “ugly” fruit and make compote out of it when you have enough. This works with apples, pears, peaches, berries or an assorted mix! Check out our cookbook for a simple berry compote recipe that can easily be adapted to any fruit you have on hand.

Back in person, the event brought together participants from the business and educational sectors to benefit the cause

 

Boucherville, April 14, 2022 – This morning, at the Hôtel Mortagne, in compliance with local sanitary measures, hundreds of people from the educational and business communities took part in the 16th edition of the Déjeuner des Grands event. As life continues to be marked by the effects of the pandemic and rising food prices, people in Quebec continue to demonstrate their dedication to the cause and be present for the well-being of children.

 

The event, which returned in person this year, was held in the form of a morning show hosted by Benoît Gagnon, radio host and Club ambassador, celebrating 25 years with the organization. Several special guests and Club ambassadors participated, including Geneviève Everell, author, speaker, CEO and chef-owner of Sushi à la maison, Laurent Paquin, comedian, Thomas Nepveu, professional karting driver, Philippe Langlois, founder and owner of Philippe & Co. and the group 2Frères who put on a musical performance.

 

“It is events like this that make me particularly proud to have been a Breakfast Club of Canada ambassador for the past 25 years,” explains Benoît Gagnon. “Seeing the community come together and rally around the cause is something really special. As a father, I am very proud to be part of this important event.”

 

The event brought together participants from all regions of Quebec with the goal of giving children the energy they need to learn. An impressive total of $85,946 was raised this year thanks to the generosity of all the participants.

 

In order to shine a light on the realities and the challenges that the Club faces, Benoît Gagnon welcomed Tommy Kulczyk, President and CEO of Breakfast Club of Canada to discuss the issues, the growing needs and the positive impacts of breakfast programs.

 

“In Quebec, the Club reaches more than 67,000 children in over 480 programs each day, but the needs continue to grow,” said Tommy Kulczyk. “The Club wants to ensure that it can continue to reach the considerable number of children who currently benefit from a breakfast program and extend its reach. The goal is to provide constant support and help children achieve their full potential. It is by working together with our important partners, donors, volunteers and other stakeholders that we will achieve this.”

 

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 reaches more than 500 000 children in over 3,000 programs in academic and community settings across the country. To learn more, visit breakfastclubcanada.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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Information:

Nathalie Rochette
Director, Communications and Marketing
Breakfast Club of Canada
nathalie.rochette@clubdejeuner.org
514-404-5660

Victoria Jaklin
Advisor, Corporate Communications and Public Relations
Breakfast Club of Canada
victoria.jaklin@breakfastclubcanada.org
514-929-6805

Kids putting hands together on the table

Breakfast Club of Canada is looking for a Corporate & Community Giving Coordinator. Reporting to the Corporate & Community Giving Lead – Quebec, the selected candidate will work closely with the Philanthropy team, providing support for donor outreach and event planning.

 

In addition to analyzing and helping respond to incoming fundraising-related enquiries, they will work toward building and maintaining long-term relationships with businesses and other members of the community that express an interest in supporting BCC through their initiatives.

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

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
Fundraising support and donor outreach:
  • Coordinate the various tasks involved in small and mid-sized fundraising efforts
  • Oversee and diligently follow up on each of the steps in the cycle of assigned fundraising activities
  • Prepare deliveries of materials sent to donors
  • Provide technical support and guidance to donors using BCC’s P2P online platform for their fundraising efforts and ensure they have all the tools they need
  • Help re-engage lapsed donors in order to leverage fundraising opportunities
  • Represent BCC at various fundraising events in Quebec
  • Monitor trends in the philanthropy and fundraising landscape

 

Administrative support:
  • Help draft memorandums of understanding and confirmation letters
  • Handle incoming calls and emails as needed and/or direct to the appropriate team member
  • Make thank-you and solicitation calls
  • Keep records and produce summaries and official reports regularly and as needed
  • Ensure donor information is properly managed in the database
  • Seek out in-kind partners to meet event-related needs
  • Work in conjunction with other departments to bring assigned fundraising activities to a successful conclusion

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • Undergraduate degree or college diploma in administration, marketing or a related field
  • One to three years of relevant experience
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of philanthropy, an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn new applications quickly
  • Familiarity with CRM platforms (knowledge of Salesforce, an asset)
  • Valid driver’s licence and access to a vehicle
  • Availability to work outside of regular business hours to help with events (evenings and weekends)

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES
  • Adherence to Breakfast Club of Canada values
  • Prioritization, planning and organizational skills
  • Positive attitude, resourcefulness and sense of initiative
  • Aptitude for problem-solving
  • Agility and adaptability
  • Knack for building relationships and delivering an exceptional client experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Ability to work self-sufficiently and as part of a team, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders

 

WORK CONDITIONS
  • Permanent, full-time position
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday
  • Flexible hours
  • Competitive salary
  • Personal leave days
  • Paid day off on your birthday
  • Group insurance plan
  • Group RRSP with matching employer contributions
  • Employee assistance program (EAP)
  • Professional development
  • Must pass a background check
  • The selected candidate will be based at the head office in Boucherville, Quebec, with a hybrid telework arrangement
  • Target start date: As soon as possible

 

TO APPLY

Please email your résumé and cover letter to CV@breakfastclubcanada.org.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Boucherville – April 7, 2022 – Today, the Government of Canada renewed its commitment to working in the coming year with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous partners and other stakeholders to develop a National School Nutritious Meal Program. The Club welcomes this mention in Federal Budget 2022, which marks another step towards a future where no child starts their day on an empty stomach.

 

“As many stakeholders, the Club has worked tirelessly to put the needs of children in Canada on the national agenda,” explains Judith Barry, Co-Founder and Director, Government Relations at Breakfast Club of Canada. “Budget 2022 recognizes that children cannot and must not start their day on an empty stomach. Thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau, and Minister Freeland, for making children’s food access in Canada a priority so that they can get they energy they need to learn.”

 

It takes an entire team to effectively promote access to nutritious food for children. Partners, donors and other stakeholders represent real financial leverage in the approach for government funding, as the Club’s success is based on combined efforts from all. This commitment from the Government of Canada would never have been possible without your commitment to children across the country.

 

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Media Contacts 

For more information, please contact: 

Nathalie Rochette
nathalie.rochette@clubdejeuner.org 
514-404-5660 

Victoria Jaklin
victoria.jaklin@breakfastclubcanada.org 
514-929-6805