Breakfast Club of Canada is built on the dream that one day all Canadian children will have an equal chance to succeed by starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in a safe, supportive environment.
We believe that, as a community, we must ensure all students have the right to thrive, learn, dream and grow to their full potential.
Cummins Western Canada shares this belief and began a partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada in 2013. Through their generous support and commitment to children, the club was able to launch two new breakfast programs at Holly Elementary in Surrey and École À la Découverte in Edmonton.
CWC not only funds these programs, but their staff volunteer their time on a weekly basis and help with anything from preparation to serving to cleaning.
Volunteers really are the heart and soul of the club. Across Canada there are over 11,500 dedicated people donating their time to help us brighten our children’s future.
Surrey local Cindy Mervin is one of these people. Cindy is a busy dealer development co-ordinator. Her work and personal life keep her just as busy as anybody else, and it would be easy enough for her to say that she just doesn’t have the time to volunteer. Yet she does.
Every Wednesday, Cindy volunteers her time at Holly Elementary’s breakfast program. From 7-9 a.m., she helps prep and feed more than 40 students a nourishing breakfast in a warm environment.
But for Cindy, it’s not just about serving a nutritional breakfast. It’s about developing a strong connection with the kids and ensuring they know that she will be there week after week to catch up with them.
Last year, CWC employees helped build a new playground for Hjorth Road Elementary, who heard about the CWC’s superheroes through Holly Elementary. And this Christmas, for the second year in a row, CWC’s will adopt families from Holly Elementary. Each adopted family will receive a delicious Christmas dinner with all the fixings, gifts, grocery gift cards and more.
Breakfast Club of Canada programs – www.breakfastclubcanada.org – would not be possible without people like Cindy.
Alexandra Presley, Breakfast Club