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With the help and dedication of hundreds of volunteers, Friends of We Care is able to host fun and successful events throughout the year.

Our volunteers are Food service and Hospitality professionals that help with every aspect of planning from venue selection, menu creation, ticketing, entertainment and day-of fundraising activities. Committee members also help solicit participation, prizing, and sponsorship to ensure that the events are well attended and successful. Committees begin meeting months in advance to ensure that every last detail of the event has been covered.  Additional event day volunteers work with the committee to ensure that the events are set up, run smoothly, and concluded successfully.

If you are interested in joining one of our event committees, please contact us at 905-841-1223 or by email at



Awards Committee

The Awards Committee accepts and reviews nominations for the three annual Friends of We Care awards. The committee is made up of a panel of past winners and industry peers. Winners are honoured at the annual Friends of We Care Gala each spring.

For more information on these awards please visit our Awards Section

Committee Members:

John Callaghan – Sysco Canada

Kevin Collins – Friends of We Care

Jim Grieb – Greenbridge Foodservice

Lindsay Mackett – Olymel

Jim Kostuch – TrainCan Inc.

Brian Orr – Multi-Unit Marketing

Kathy Starr – Associated Food Distributors


Calendar Program

The Calendar Program is our most successful national fundraising campaign, raising over $155,000 annually. The calendar is distributed in the September issue of Foodservice & Hospitality Magazine to over 25,000 customers in the industry.

The committee oversees the sale of advertising space in the calendar to companies in the Foodservice & Hospitality Industry.

Committee Members:

Jim Grieb – Greenbridge Foodservice

Ed Lamb – Stewart’s Foodservice

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care


We Care Dinner & Awards Gala

The Gala Committee is responsible for organizing the annual celebration of achievements, and recognition for the support and passion of all Friends of We Care. This spring event is attended by close to 1,000 people from the Foodservice & Hospitality Industry. Our fundraising year culminates with this formal event that includes dinner, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction.

Work on this committee is year round, focusing on every detail to ensure all attendees enjoy the special evening. Committee members develop the event theme, secure entertainment, and work with the International Centre Chef to create a unique and exciting menu. Committee members are also active in securing items for the silent auction, and building the Chef Station reception and Dessert Café.

Location: The International Centre, Entrance One, Mississauga, Ontario
Date: May 6, 2017
Meetings: November – May

Committee Members:

Christina Bogonos – Gay Lea Foods Cooperative

Miriam Cadena – Sysco Foodservices of Toronto

Jane Callaghan – Aramark

Jim Clark – Colio Wines

Marcelo DeOliveira – The International Centre

Mario De Palma – Italpasta

Margaret Dowell – SIR Corp

Molly Flood – Single Service Sales

Kristy Hamilton – Campbell Company of Canada

Meg Jaycock – ARYZTA

Samantha Legrow – Procter & Gamble

Trevor Lui – The International Centre

Julia Maxwell – Seydaco Packaging Corp.

Angie Middleton – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc.

Dan Valade – Campbell Company of Canada

Philip Wilde – Independent


National Bowling Challenge

The Bowling committees are responsible for planning and executing the annual Foodservice Bowling Challenges in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, respectively. These pledge-driven events are one of our biggest and fastest growing regionals events, raising over $225,000 annually.

Location: Century Casino, Calgary, Alberta
Date: January 27, 2017

Committee Members:

Jansen Banez – Intercity Packers Ltd.

Deb Cygman – International Pacific Sales

Melissa Larson – Aramark

John Rebagliati – International Pacific Sales



Location: Ed’s Rec Room – West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta
Date: February 16, 2017

Committee Members:

Carlee Arnold – Gordon Food Service

Corey Lee Baden – International Pacific Sales

Karen Balchin – Binner Marketing

Bonnie Bergin – Riverwood Sales

Janice Burns – Nestle Canada

JayAnn Buzikevich – Freeman Canada

Lynn Drinkle  –  Summit Marketing

Cheryl Goertz – Advantage Foodservice

Sandy Jacobsen – International Pacific Sales

Chris Lehto –  Inform Brokerage

Debbie Miniacci – International Pacific Sales

Joyce Ronish – International Pacific Sales

Sheetel Story – Inform Brokerage

Paula Taylor – Freeman Canada

Willam Winter – Maple Leaf Foods



Location: McCurdy’s Bowling Centre, Kelowna, British Columbia
Date: March 3, 2017
Meetings: November – December

Committee Members:

Jo-Anne Cerutti – High Liner Foods

Dailene Cowles – Sysco

Rick Harker – Easter Seals BC/Camp Winfield

Brandi Mahood – Sysco Kelowna

Shelley Nuttall – Sysco Kelowna

Kasey Perrier – Sysco Kelowna

Connie Rosendale – IPS

Bryan Shore – Sysco Kelowna



Location: Moncton Fairlanes Bowling Centre, Moncton, New Brunswick
Date: November 3, 2016
Meetings: August – October

Committee Members:

Candice Gallant – Olymel

Francine Galloway – Olymel

Lena Manuge – AMCA

Conrad Palmer – Easter Seals NB

Teresa Smith – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Catherine Wells – Colabor



Location: Spryfield Bowlerama, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: November 4, 2016
Meetings: August – October

Committee Members:

Wayne Lloyd – Saputo

John MacDonald – Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Ross Miller – Cavendish Farms

Gary Moulton – TrainCan Inc.

Patti Sampson – Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Morgan Van Horne – AMCA Sales and Marketing



Location: REVS Bowling & Entertainment, Burnaby, British Columbia
Date: November 17, 2016
Meetings: September – November

Committee Members:

Geoff Allen – International Pacific Sales

Carmen Bourgaize – Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P.

Blake Davidson – International Pacific Sales

Graham Hawkins – Maple Leaf Foodservice

Janice Martin – Magnum Consulting

Kent Stark – C.W. Shasky & Associates

Warren Terrace – Global Gourmet Foods

Elizabeth Mathews – Summit Marketing Canada Ltd.

Mandy Wong – Easter Seals BC/BC Lions Society



Location: Planet Bowl, Etobicoke, Ontario
Date: November 24, 2016
Meetings: August – November

Committee Members:

Kyle Bagg – Olymel

George Da Costa – Cardinal Meat Specialists

Liz Leveille – Independent

Rena Mistry – Sysco Canada

Maureen Quirk – Sysco Canada

Amanda Seto – Ventura Foods Canada

Cyndy Spiers – Olymel

Chris Stoner – Pactiv



Regional Events


Winterfest provides members, industry professionals, and their families with an exciting day away from the office at a top ski venue in the province. This event includes great food and sampling from the Beverage & Alcohol Industry.

Location: Devil’s Glen, Glen Huron, Ontario
Date: February 3, 2017
Meetings: September – January

Committee Members:

Andy Blackwell – Independent

Laura Davies –

Ralph Hollander – AGG Food Brokers

Deb Jackson – ARAMARK

Anne Lebarr – Procter & Gamble

Debbie Lennie – Corby Distilleries

Liz Leveille – Gluten Free-dom

Karen Maguire – Burnbrae Farms

Del Rollo – Constellation Brands

Shelley Sutton – LCBO

Allison Zuraw – Unilever Foodsolutions


Trivia Night at Dave & Buster’s

Put your brains to the test! This brand new family-friendly event challenges teams to a battle of knowledge and gets everyone up and playing arcade games for a great evening of fun!

Location: Dave & Buster’s, Vaughan, Ontario
Date: March 30, 2017
Meetings: December – April

Committee Members:

Bernice Blomme – Independent

Matt Iamundo – Ecolab

Karen Maguire – Burnbrae Farms Limited

Patricia Mancinelli – Mary Brown’s

Peter Slade – Independent


We Care Golf & Spa Classic with the LCBO

Established in 1990, members of the Beverage and Alcohol Industry, through the support of the LCBO, have played a large role in the planning and execution of this sold out annual event. The committee continuously strives to develop new and exciting opportunities that are inviting to everyone (even non-golfers). The day includes great golf, food, and product from the beer, wine, and spirits industry.

Location: Cardinal Golf Club, Newmarket, Ontario
Date: May 30, 2017
Meetings: February – June

Committee Members:

Trevor Dawes – Brown Forman Canada

Richard Dittmar – Trialto Wine

Lisa Fenn – Andrew Peller Estates

Alex Gaunt – The Vine Agency

Anne Givens – Constellation Brands

Andrew Kelen – Labatt

Debbie Lennie – Corby Distilleries

Marc McDowell – Colio Wines

Shari Mogk-Edwards – LCBO

Rob Morrell – Molson Coors

Nick Mosgrove – Campari

Amanda Perkins – Member Savings

Chris Robertson– LCBO

Erin Rooney – Andrew Peller Estates

Kelly Taylor – LCBO

Darcy Traer – Diageo

Jessica Uhrig – Mark Anthony Brands

Justine Williams– Mike’s Beverages


Camp Day

The Camp Day Committee works to plan and execute the Friends of We Care Camp Day, an annual visit of our members to an Easter Seals Camp. This event is our only non-fundraising event and is meant to showcase first hand, the magic of camp to our current and potential supporters. Companies, individuals, and their families are invited to visit the camp for a guided tour, barbeque, and traditional ‘bear decorating’.

Location: TBD, Ontario
Date: July 2017


We Care Pro-Am

The brand new We Care Pro-Am will take place August 2016 at the members-only Devil’s Pulpit Golf Course. Participants take advantage of this rare opportunity to entertain clients and guests at one of the most widely-acclaimed and highly-rated private golf clubs in the country all while playing alongside a CPGA professional. This is the must-not-miss event of the year.

Location: Devil’s Pulpit Golf Association, Caledon, Ontario
Date: August 14, 2017
Meetings: March – August

Committee Members:

Scott Garrett – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Jim Grieb – Greenbridge Foodservice

Michael Hall – Pepsico Beverages Canada

Steve Harding – Sysco Canada

David Lillicrap – Kitchen Partners Limited

John Lillicrap – Arla Foods Inc.

Mat Patryluk – Nando’s Canada

Jeff Schnekenburger – Saputo Dairy Products Canada G.P.

Todd Stevens – Brand Ignition

Lesa Warner – Select Food Products

Kelly Ykema – PepsiCo Beverages Canada


Les Amis de Nous Aidons Golf Classic

Since 1989, the Les Amis de Nous Aidons golf committee has worked hard to execute this event and establish Friends of We Care’s reputation and commitment to kids with disabilities in Quebec. Committee members are involved in all aspects of the event and begin their planning in early spring to ensure the event’s continued success. All money raised at this event provides funding for Quebec children with disabilities to attend camps through Easter Seals Quebec.

Location: Summerlea Golf Club, Montreal, Quebec
Date: August 31, 2017
Meetings: June – August

Committee Members:

Michel Gagne – Colabor

Josh Gray – TTS Marketing

Guy Gravelle – Independent

Tara Pekeles – Dubord & Rainville

Manon Picard – Mantab

Angelis Sarbanis – Aliments Rosehill FOods/ORIGINAL86