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“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished”

Nutrition for Learning

September 18, 2009

How are we going to feed our children and youth? !

We have all asked that particular question during the past few months as the unemployment rate surged and in direct correlation, student nutrition program and need increased. I can’t tell you not to worry, but I can tell you that the Nutrition for Learning Board of Directors and staff are working hard to strategize and create action plans to increase donations and local community friend-raising support, develop fundraising support tools for schools and student nutrition programs, and create opportunities for collaborative sharing of best practices. The Sustainability Forum, September 26, 2009, is an event dedicated to a collaborative approach to learning and sharing with a special focus on financial sustainability. Please read the following pages of the September 2009 newsletter to learn more about the Sustainability Forum, fundraising initiatives and events and volunteer programs designed to strengthen our position for a sustainable future. Thank you for helping to make our community a better place to live and learn in. Kelly-Sue Labus - Executive Director

SMILE Cookie Campaign There’s nothing like a Tim Hortons chocolate chunk cookie, unless it’s smiling! Tim Hortons Smile Cookies will be on sale at Tim Hortons locations for $1 (tax ! excluded) from Monday September 21st through to Sunday September 27, 2009. The special smiling chocolate chunk cookies have double the meaning because all proceeds from the cookie sales at Cambridge, New Hamburg, Baden and Tillsonburg will go to Nutrition for LearningTim Hortons is the fourth largest publicly-traded quick service restaurant chain in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. As of June 29, 2008, Tim Hortons had 3,257 restaurants systemwide including 2,851 in Canada.

“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished”

Upcoming Events Feast for Knowledge 2009 - Artbar creative dining and wines “Sept 24” FOODS OF THE WORLD The student chefs (age 8 -18) at the Summer Chef School at the Artbar are very excited about the opportunity to share their new found skills while raising money for Nutrition for Learning. The event will be held in the Artbar and the grounds and patio of the Centre in the Square from 5 to 10 pm on September 24, 2009. This is a business casual interactive dining event. Come and experience tastes from around the world while enjoying live music and art from local artists. Tickets are $75 and are available from the Artbar Creative Dining and Wines - 101 Queen St. N. Kitchener, by calling 519-568-8660 or email

Sustainability Forum - KCI “Sept 26” 8 am to 4:30 pm Our first annual Sustainability Forum will be held at Kitchener Waterloo Collegiate Institute on Saturday September 26, 2009 and will allow Program Coordinators, Principals, Directors, and politicians an opportunity to meet, learn and discuss sustainability. The overall theme is “What is everyone’s role in sustaining student nutrition programs in Waterloo Region”. The agenda includes sustainability, community communications and friend raising. 8 am Breakfast, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Program, 12 noon Lunch

First Aid Training Register today for First Aid training on October 24, 2009 with Brian Kamm at 519-579-5745 or Training is available to you as coordinator or volunteer free of charge. This training session will be held at the office of Nutrition for Learning, 160 Courtland Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario. Remember that there should be one person in attendance at each program with First Aid Training and one person with Food Safety Training. Food Safety Training dates will be announced soon.

“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished”

Mayor’s Family Day at the Movies Brenda Halloran, Mayor of Waterloo, invites you to her 1st Annual Mayor’s Family Day at the Movies. On Saturday October 3rd enjoy a movie and refreshments at Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo (550 King Street Waterloo) for $25 for a family of 4 or $7 for a single admission. The doors will open at 9 am and movies will begin at 10 am. Tickets will be available at the Nutrition for Learning office as well at Waterloo City Centre. Seating is limited so please get your tickets early.

“Hal-lulu-ween Spook-takular” Fundraiser Saturday October 31 "Hal-lulu-ween Spook-takular,'' a party featuring the return of the famed band from Lulu's Roadhouse, the legendary/now-deceased Kitchener nightclub that boasted the world's longest bar. The ballroom event is planned to bring back the fun and energy of the incredible costume parties that were part of Lulu's lore, with prizes for the best dressed. Tickets are $20 per person and available at Bingemans, doors open a 8 pm and band begins at 9 pm. Prizes for best costumes, and more

SNACK PROGRAM PROFILE - Wilson Avenue Public School The Wilson Snack Program began in April 2009. Permission forms were sent home two weeks before the program began and asked for permission and a financial contribution from parents. The snack program was offered on Mondays and Wednesdays during the eating part of the second nutrition break but the vision is to increase the program to four days. Parent volunteers distributed the snacks from two locations in the school and initialed beside each student’s name as he or she took their snack. The snack program ran 2 days per week for two and half months and students were asked to pay $5 (perhaps $10 in the future would be more appropriate). The desire is to keep the cost affordable yet have families contribute a reasonable amount toward the cost of food. Snack items included items such as carrots and ranch dressing for dip, apples, bananas, apple sauce tubes, fruit to go, fruit cups, yogurt tubes, cheese strings, nutrigrain bars, cereal mixes with craisins, raisins, dried fruit, etc.

Goodbye and thank you for all your help. We would like to thank and say goodbye to Bob Cassidy and Gerry Clifford whose terms as Board Members have ended. Their support, guidance and leadership as a Board Member for Nutrition for Learning will live on for years to come.

“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished�

Volunteer Sustainability & Development Partner RBC has championed the cause of sustaining and developing our volunteers with a goal of building sustainable initiatives that will increase the number of volunteers in 2009/2010. In addition this support will facilitate succession planning initiatives to ensure ongoing

program operations. RBC is supporting volunteer training through First Aid and Food Safety, fundraising, menu-planning and recognition programs. They are also a major sponsor of the SUSTAINABILITY FORUM in September as well as the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast in April 2010. Their support will also allow us to do advertising in local newspapers to inform the community about the services offered by Nutrition for Learning and the many varied opportunities for volunteers in Student Nutrition Programs in Waterloo Region. THANK YOU RBC for your continued support.

Friend Raising

Mary Corry

Real Friends will volunteer, arrange for speaking engagements, they will provide in-kind gifts, and they will introduce you to others who might want to be your friend as well. They will sit on advisory panels regarding your mission and counsel you and your programs and, YES, they will donate cash.

Mary Corry, Office Administrator, has decided to leave Nutrition for Learning to seek out her next adventure. Mary shared with all of us the following, "I have enjoyed working for Nutrition for Learning very much and am grateful for this excellent opportunity to facilitate, in one small way, nutrition programs in Waterloo Region. " Mary is going to be missed by Program Coordinators and the volunteers who worked closely with her and the office staff will miss her engaging personality,

We are not in this alone and should never be trying to service, prosper and sustain our programs alone. We are all looking for assistance and support and reaching out to new friends is a much easier and more successful way to approach sustainability and support.

quick wit and willingness to help with anything. Mary had a special fondness for those who dedicate their time to nutrition programs. She explained, "The staff and volunteers of Nutrition for Learning and the nutrition programs in the region are the best folks. I wish everyone the very best in the work they undertake!" We wish Mary an exhilarating walk about, ... and we'll truly miss her!

“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished”

Sustainability Forum “Special Guest Panelists” Pamela Martindale Pamela is a Program Supervisor with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Pamela has been with the Ontario Public Services, in a variety of positions, for 22 years. Prior to joining the Public Service, Pamela worked with the United Way of Guelph and Wellington. As a Program Supervisor with the Ontario Government, Pamela has worked in a number of portfolios including: seniors, violence against woman, developmental services, young offender Pamela s, children’s mental health and child welfare. Pamela’s current portfolio is focused on universal prevention/early intervention programs for young children and their families. Pamela assumed leadership for the Student Nutrition Program in June, 2008, and has supported the implementation of a $1.2 million provincial enhancement to the program across Peel, Halton, Wellington and Waterloo. Pamela has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree in Planning from the University of Waterloo, a Masters of Social Work in Community Development and Social Planning from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Graduate diploma in Social Services Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Roger Lawler Roger became Director of Education for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board in September, 1997. He has served on various provincial Ministry, Catholic Trustee and Institute for Catholic Education committees including the current Ministry ! Operational Review of School Boards. He is a Past President of the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officers Association and Past Chair of both CODE – the Council of Directors of Education and ECCODE– the English Catholic Council of Directors of Education of Ontario. In April 2009 Roger received the Ontario Catholic Supervisory Officer Distinguished Leadership Award for his contribution to Catholic education both locally and provincially. Within Waterloo Region, he serves as a member of the Audit Committee for the City of Waterloo and is an advocate for school board-municipal partnerships as a way of providing services to students. His particular interests are in mentoring newlyappointed Directors of Education and in how Catholic school boards can demonstrate their value in and to the community by aligning their beliefs with their day-to-day practice. Roger is a member of St. Michael’s Parish, Waterloo. He is married to Cecilia and they have a very active household with five children.

Linda Fabi Linda Fabi is the Director of Education and Secretary to the Board. Linda is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University. She began her teaching career with the Dufferin County Board of Education and joined the Waterloo Region District School Board in 1975. She was appointed vice-principal in 1986 at Smithson P.S. and principal at Little's Corners P.S. in 1988. She then moved on to Brigadoon P.S. and was appointed principal at Hespeler P.S. in 1999. Linda was made a superintendent in 2002 and Executive Superintendent of Education in 2006. The Board subsequently confirmed Linda in the position of Director of Education. Linda is also the President of the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association (OPOSA), Executive Member: Council of the Directors of Education (CODE), and Education Partner: Education Research and Development Incorporated (ERDI)

“Ensuring that each child and youth in Waterloo Region goes to school well nourished”

New Volunteer Role......... The relationships that Student Nutrition Programs build with members of their community can be essential in ensuring the long term viability and sustainability of student nutrition programs.

The Partnership Development Volunteer is a new role for individuals interested in building relationships within the school community, as well as with nearby businesses and service clubs. If you are interested in discussing this position or any other volunteer position, please contact Brian Kamm at 519-579-5745; or

FEED THE KIDS CAMPAIGN Kelly Sue Labus, Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning announces the 2009/2010 "Feed the Kids" Campaign, which will run from June 1, 2009 to February 28, 2010. There is a substantial increase in demand for Student Nutrition Programs for the 2009/2010 school year, in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Woolwich and Wilmot Townships. "We have seen a 25% increase in need, and in 2009/2010 we will be supporting over 100 programs. That represents approximately 9,500 students receiving daily nutritional support during the school year," states Labus. This year's campaign objective is $400,000, which will ensure the delivery and support of Student Nutrition Programs in schools, churches and community centers across Waterloo Region in 2009/2010. The campaign began June 1, and the community has generously responded with approximately $43,466.25 in donations to-date.

TMMC Support

Thank you to the RBC Foundation for donating $25,000 towards the campaign, as well as to the many other organizations and individuals, including: The Optimist Club of Lakeshore Village, RBC - Duke Street Kitchener, RBC - Jamieson Park, Cambridge, Kinsmen Club of Preston, Kinette Club of Preston, Monsignor William Gleason Elementary School - Mission Day, Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and several very special local residents.

The newspaper article on Nutrition for Learning in the Kitchener Record on June 20th caught the attention of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada’s donation committee. As a way of thanking Nutrition for Learning for their efforts to make our community a better place for their employees to live and raise their families,Toyota donated $5,000 to sponsor the 2009 Nutrition for Learning “Feed the Kids Campaign”. "Toyota, a business leader in Waterloo Region, has shown time and again its generosity in supporting our community. We are very grateful for the contribution that will make a considerable difference to the children and youth throughout Waterloo Region, who rely on our programs," stated Kelly-Sue Labus, Executive Director, Nutrition for Learning. The FEED THE KIDS CAMPAIGN runs from June 2009 through February 2010 and Nutrition for Learning hopes to raise $400,000 during that time.

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