This workplace doesn’t need any special motivation – they take action at The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) & Elections office!

One of our wonderful volunteers, Catherine Cox, who is a part of our Tuesday shift, surprised us recently with a huge haul of food donated by her colleagues at the City of Ottawa’s ATIP & Elections office.  When asked how she motivated her colleagues to collect so much for us she told us: “Actually, I didn’t have to motive one bit! All I have to do is tell my colleagues about some of the people that come in to get food; the looks on their faces; the need.  People in this city are actually hungry.  I tell them about how a box of Kleenex is a luxury item.  I have never actually asked them for anything — they just care.”  The Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) & Elections office is located off site from City Hall, and is a legislated unit dealing with confidential privacy issues.  Staff decided that their goal this Christmas was to fill Catherine’s SUV with food for the PFC.

Catherine is very proud of her colleagues explaining “Over the past year, my SUV has been filled to the brim with food, clothes, and children’s books.  If I happen to mention we ran out of sugar last night at the food bank, the next day my office floor is covered with bags of sugar.   This is an office that just keeps on giving no matter what the season.”  Thanks to Catherine for being one of our great volunteers and inspiring others!

MediaMiser CEO Brett Serjeantson leads his company into some great fundraising initiatives for the Parkdale Food Centre

CEO Brett Serjeantson presenting Karen with $415 cheque

Brett Serjeantson, CEO of MediaMiser and a dedicated Board member of the Parkdale Food Centre, has motivated his company to think of several ways to contribute to the Parkdale Food Centre. From 10 years worth of Christmas food drive to this year has seen some other amazing initiatives. In September, they held a donation campaign for hygiene products. This included toothpaste, toiletries, toilet paper, soap, and 150 toothbrushes! At Thanksgiving they raised $360 for the Good Food Box initiative – enough for 3 families to receive a box of fresh produce once a month for a year.

Gift basket winners Tiffany Bleackley, left, and Hannah Cameron along with Karen.

Finally they held a Christmas Raffle for two gift baskets – nicknamed the ‘Games and Glamour’ Pack and the ‘Mill Street Game Night’ Pack – raising $415 for the Parkdale Food Centre’s nutrition / dairy program! When asked what partnering with the PFC means to their company, they explained “The ongoing relationship with the Parkdale Food Centre has made the staff at MediaMiser feel like part of the Hintonburg / Mechanicsville community, whether they live here or not. We are really pleased to be able to partner with such a passionate and important organization.”

Thanks MediaMiser for being a wonderful Community Partner!

Thyme & Again’s secret ingredient is Heart.

Kaitlyn Meilleur and Samantha Parrot serve up kindness as part of Thyme & Again's Caring Tuesday in support of the Parkdale Food Centre.

It’s hard to know how to explain the many ways Thyme & Again helps us out throughout the year.  Our clients love being greeted by a slice of one of their amazing desserts.  We appreciate tremendously them placing one of our special donation bottles on their front cash.  They recently held a Caring Tuesday event for us where a portion of sales was given to us as a donation.  When we tweet we are short on a particular item, they find a way to get us some.  Today for our second Christmas baking workshop with our clients, they are donating all the ingredients.  They are truly always coming up with new ways to help us help others.

Who in our neighbourhood can resist Scouts armed with hot chocolate?

On a wintry day last Saturday, December 7th , the 24th and 32nd Scout Groups took to Wellington Street. They were manning hot chocolate stations in front of the Harvest Loaf and Hintonburger and asking for donations for each cup of hot chocolate they handed out. In only three hours, they were able to raise $711 in donations for the Parkdale Food Centre! That is a simply outstanding accomplishment! We thank all the hardcore volunteers including the parents and the leaders who helped make this event a success.

Two people who are the “Heart” of the Parkdale Food Centre receive wonderful awards!

Don Flynn, Chair of the Board of Directors, was recently awarded The Heart of the Community Award for Ward 9. It was presented to him by Councillor Keith Egli. Don’s work with both the PFC and his involvement in scouting over the years was recognized. His steady leadership is appreciated!

Karen Secord, the Coordinator of the PFC, was awarded the City Builder Award by Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Katherine Hobbs on December 11th. Her ability to reach out and engage our community is incredible. She is tireless in finding new ways to help our clients and her enthusiasm and passion are evident to everyone who meets her. She is always coming up with new ideas and has a way to inspire others to get involved.

The Gruff Sisters Kitchen Party at the Carleton Tavern attempts to wipe out hunger!

Thanks to all the folks who attended the amazing party and raffle at the Carleton Tavern on December 7th.  A MOUNTAIN of toilet paper was donated and cash donations of $362 were raised.  This annual event has grown and is organized by Lorrie Marlow, from the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and a volunteer on the Parkdale Food Centre’s Fundraising Committee.

Holiday Pups & Pics!

Global Pet Foods – Hintonburg hosted a barking good fundraiser for us on the weekend. Santa was there and many adorable pooches, including this one, came by to tell Santa if they’d been naughty or nice. When Santa checked his list at the end of afternoon he saw two people in the “nice” category – Co-Owners Karla Briones and Shawn Hoey who topped up the proceeds to PFC to $250! We love our Community Partners who keep finding creative ways to raise money for us.

West Wellington Holiday Shop Hop- Where Generosity is Always in Fashion!

Natalie Robichaud of twiss & weber with customer donations destined for the Parkdale Food Centre.
The spirit of the season was alive and well on December 5 as more than 25 of Wellington West’s most popular shops hosted their annual Holiday Shop Hop! Offering special gifts and discounts in exchange for donations to the Parkdale Food Centre, our community partners on West Wellington opened their doors and their hearts to our neighbours in need. Huge thanks to all of our community partners and individual donors for helping to spread the spirit of giving. Fashions may come and go but generosity is always in style!

December + Hintonburger = a Recipe for Holiday Giving

Hintonburger has shown tremendous generosity this holiday season for the PFC. They are hosting three client breakfasts throughout the month, opening early for our clients and making them feel special. Our clients are happy to get such a wonderful way to start their days full of pancakes, bacon and other treats.

Hintonburger is also generously donating 10% of all sales on Mondays for the whole month of December. As in the past during our BBQ in June, Hintonburger owners show they are a true ongoing Community Partner for us. We are grateful for their support and absolutely delicious food!

DISH Catering turns a challenging situation into a win for PFC!

When a client had to cancel a large event on the day of, Erin Clatney, owner of DISH decided to use her creativity. She sent a message out to her friends and customers and asked them to pop by and enjoy some of the amazing food and make a donation to the Parkdale Food Centre. Many folks popped in and one of her talented chefs even decided to donate his wages for the evening. As a result Dish Catering was able to raise $833 for us! This is a wonderful example of what a great community partner Dish Catering is.