Central Hastings News

Campbellford – The local fundraiser, Smile Cookies, has given one local agency more than 6,000 reasons to smile.

Community Living Campbellford/Brighton, located at 65 Bridge Street East, in Campbellford, was recently presented a cheque in the amount of $6,300 – the amount raised in this year’s Tim Hortons “Smile Cookie Campaign” held September 12-18.

On hand to present what is thought to be the highest amount raised to-date at the Grand Road Campbellford Tim Hortons through the Smile Cookie Campaign, was owner Doug Robertson and Restaurant Manager, Matt Shoniker. Both Doug and Matt were all smiles and cordially welcomed Community Living Campbellford/Brighton Board Vice-President Sean Clair and Community Living Campbellford/Brighton employees Donna Desjardins, Director of Support and Services and Bev Haley, Executive Assistant who were in attendance to accept the cheque.

Campbellford Tim Hortons was opened in February 1995 by Doug and his wife Josephine and is currently one of six locations that is owned and operated by the Robertson’s. Plans to open a seventh location are currently being planned for Brighton. The Brighton Community Resource Centre located at 1 Young Street in Brighton was host to a recent Tim Hortons Hiring Fair and a second session is planned for November 16, 2016 from 4pm-8pm for those interested in learning more about employment opportunities.

When asked his thoughts on inclusive hiring, Mr. Robertson was quick to reply that “everyone deserves a chance” as evidenced by the employment thus far of approximately 10-12 people with a disability throughout his current six locations. Through Community Living Campbellford/Brighton’s Employment Supports initiative, Patricia recently accepted a position at the Campbellford Tim Hortons. As part of the initiative, Patricia receives ongoing job coaching to ensure a smooth transition into employment and the associated expectations. It’s a win-win situation for all.

Established in 1960, Community Living Campbellford/Brighton provides support and services to approximately 140 people throughout Eastern Northumberland County. Community Living Campbellford/Brighton fosters and encourages meaningful inclusion and participation for people with an intellectual disability.

The organization’s Outcome Sponsorship Fund will receive 100% of the $6,300 received through the benevolence of the Robertson’s and the Campbellford Tim Hortons staff. The aforementioned fund provides people with an intellectual disability the financial assistance to achieve their personal outcomes and realize their life goals and dreams. For some people, reaching their goals is sometimes unachievable due to lack of resources.

The Outcome Sponsorship Fund has sponsored personal outcomes for people such as tuition and educational opportunities, orthotics, dentures, re-connections with families, communication devices, mobility devices as well as medical supports not covered by any other source.

The Fund is also used to offset costs for items otherwise unaffordable including assistance with the high costs of accessible transportation – a reality that currently restricts some people from full community participation. A wide variety of wonderful and rewarding experiences and opportunities would not be possible without the support of the Outcomes Sponsorship Fund.

The Smile Cookie Campaign began in 1996 as a way to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario, and has grown to become a major fundraising event at Tim Hortons Restaurants. Nationally, Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners support more than 460 local charities, hospitals and community programs through the Campaign.

Community Living Campbellford/Brighton Board of Directors, Executive Director Nancy Brown, employees and people whom the organization supports extends their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Robertson’s, Matt Shoniker and the entire staff at Campbellford Tim Hortons for helping make this year’s Campaign such a tremendous success.