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.

Game-Changer Egg Muffins Recipe

H. Gray & Son joining forces with BCC to fight food insecurity in children

 

Breakfast Club of Canada is excited to welcome a new partner! L.H. Gray & Son Ltd. has decided to align with a national cause that is directly linked to their mission of good nutrition is available to every Canadian. This partnership will help ensure a growing number of students receive a healthy meal before each school day.

 

A $150 000 contribution has been made to the Club through their 3 main business units – L. H. Gray & Son, EggSolutions and EggSolutions-Vanderpol’s Eggs – which will support increased demand for breakfast programs across Canada. As a result of COVID-19, Breakfast Club of Canada has seen increased attendance at breakfast programs of at least 30 percent.  “Funds from L.H. Gray & Son Ltd will help us ensure that children do not start their school day hungry. This partnership will be incredibly impactful in helping Breakfast Club of Canada address the issue of food insecurity here in Canada.” explains Stephanie Ashton-Smith, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Breakfast Club of Canada.

 

A great mission alignment

Created as Gray Ridge Egg Farms in 1934 in Ridgetown, Ontario, the local Ontario egg grader has evolved into L.H. Gray & Son, a major player in Canada’s egg industry, known for focusing on eco-sustainability and community engagement.  In Ontario, their eggs are sold under the Gray Ridge and Conestoga Farms brands.  Over the last 25 years, L.H. Gray & Son (LHG) has taken their commitment to local beyond Ontario, working with local egg farmers in B.C and Alberta to bring local eggs to Western Canada under the Golden Valley, Rabbit River and Sparks Eggs brands.  LHG has also moved beyond grocery stores into foodservice and food ingredient markets across Canada and around the world. “Eggs are natural and nutritious, and one of the most versatile foods available,” says Mike Walsh, President at LHG. “Children are literally our future and too many Canadian children aren’t getting the complete nutrition they need. No child should be disadvantaged in a country as advantaged as ours.

 

Like LHG, BCC operates locally, in neighbourhoods across Canada, connecting people around a common cause. Said Ashton-Smith “There is great mission alignment between BCC and L.H. Gray & Son, since eggs are known to be an excellent source of protein and a great way to start one’s day!” The funds provided will be instrumental in helping the Club reach the increased number of Canadian children facing food insecurity.

 

To celebrate this new partnership, L.H. Gray & Son Ltd. offered to share their recipe of the Game-Changer Egg Muffins, perfect to fill up children lunch boxes before they start their day!!

 

Game-Changer Egg Muffins

 

Ingredients for 12 muffins
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup yellow pepper, diced
  • ½ sweet onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 9 Farms Free Run Omega-3 Eggs, whisked
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil (grease if using foil).
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, red pepper, yellow pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil.
  3. Arrange the vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the edges of the broccoli are browned.
  4. Line 12 muffin cups with silicone or parchment muffin liners.
  5. When the veggies are done, remove from oven but keep oven on. Divide vegetable mixture between the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the veggies and bake for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are set.

 

 

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While a return to a new normal is slowly approaching, the effects of the pandemic are still very present, and some children and their families unfortunately start their day without a healthy breakfast. The generosity of partners and donors is therefore more important than ever.

 

Today, Breakfast Club of Canada is very honoured to welcome Michelin Canada as a new partner. The Club relies on the support of partners and Canadians everywhere to make sure it can continue to reach a considerable number of children in need, and generous corporate supporters such as Michelin Canada are key to the success of BCC’s work. These organizations make it possible to maximize every effort and ensure their donation has a real impact in the lives of children across the country.

 

Promoting sustainable communities

 

Since 1889, Michelin has continued to innovate to facilitate the mobility of people and goods, as well as contribute to the advancement of human progress. Today, the organization is the leader in tire technology, leveraging its expertise to deliver services and solutions that increase travel efficiency and adaptability. These skills are aligned with the work BCC does to be present in every province and territory, be aware of the diverse realities across Canada and understand that every community has specific needs.

 

Michelin also works to promote sustainable communities. To that end, one of Michelin’s key focus areas is the education of youth, particularly in the areas of science and technology. The company counts 23,000 employees in North America and believes supporting education can positively impact the lives of young people.

 

Michelin’s engagement

 

“The education of young people is important to the long-term sustainability of communities, which is an important focus for Michelin,” says Sylvaine Cuniberti, Director of Marketing at Michelin Canada.

 

One example is Michelin Challenge Education (MCE), which was launched in 2009 and gives Michelin employees the opportunity to make a personal contribution to the improvement of public education through hands-on involvement. MCE partners with public elementary schools across Canada and the U.S. to serve as mentors, tutors and volunteers, and most importantly, make a difference at the earliest stage of the learning process.

 

A commitment that Marie-Eve Desrochers, Senior Advisor, Corporate Partnerships at Breakfast Club of Canada, is very pleased to highlight. ”Michelin’s willingness to be directly involved in making a difference is amazing. Michelin is eager to give all children an equal opportunity to succeed – starting with the tutoring program and now partnering with the Club to help nurture the potential of children” she explains. This starts with a nutritious first meal helping to create a caring and inclusive school community, to improve learning capacities and foster a sense of engagement and belonging.

 

“The connection between eating a healthy breakfast and being prepared to learn is well-documented. Through this partnership between Michelin Canada and Breakfast Club of Canada, we hope to inspire future leaders!” concludes Sylvaine Cuniberti.

 

Welcome to the BCC family, Michelin!