The pair want to raise awareness and help provide children with important opportunities
Boucherville, July 19, 2021 – Breakfast Club of Canada is proud to announce that Lindsey Butterworth and Justin Kent are joining the BCC community as ambassadors. The British Columbia natives are eager to contribute to fundraising initiatives as well as promote the Club’s values in order to provide children with important nutritional and educational opportunities.
“I have a passion for health promotion and a keen interest in advocating healthy behaviour through adequate nutrition in youth,” explained Lindsey Butterworth. “Learning about food security in my undergraduate degree and volunteering with the breakfast program at my local community centre really instilled the importance of access to a healthy breakfast in me. I want to continue to promote and increase accessibility to breakfast programs across the country with Breakfast Club of Canada.”
A Canadian middle-distance runner, Butterworth is set to represent Canada at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. She began her running career while attending Simon Fraser University and is a two-time NCAA Division II 800m champion. She graduated from university in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences. Butterworth currently trains in Burnaby, British Columbia, while working full time as an academic advisor for student athletes.
Also joining the Club’s circle of ambassadors is Justin Kent. A Canadian distance runner, he represented Canada at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie and the 2019 World Cross Country Championships. In 2019, he won the Vancouver Sun Run, becoming the first local to win since 1992. Kent trains in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is a coach with Mile2Marathon, a community-centered coaching program.
“I believe in the importance of equal opportunity for youth to have access to proper nutrition,” said Kent. “Growing up in Surrey, British Columbia, an inner-city school system, I witnessed the positive impact of a breakfast program. I hope I can make a difference so that youth are properly fuelled to achieve their goals. No one should chase their dreams on an empty stomach.”
The pair will be actively involved in the Club’s fundraising activities as well as growing awareness on the importance of breakfast programs in Canada. Eager to kick-off this partnership, Butterworth and Kent are selling their personal branded Olympic t-shirts, with all proceeds going to the Club. They have also launched their own fundraising page to help raise money for the cause.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Lindsey and Justin to our BCC family,” stated Tommy Kulczyk, General Manager of Breakfast Club of Canada. “It is an honour to work with ambassadors who care deeply about the work we do and who help support our mission. Lindsey and Justin are passionate about nutrition and want to make a difference in the lives of children in Canada. They are great role models and we look forward to collaborating with them on many upcoming projects.”
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 257,000 children and youth in 1,887 schools across the country. To learn more, visit breakfastclubcanada.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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