The unsung and selfless heroes of our events.

Volunteer Sign Up

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 info@friendsofwecare.org.

 

National

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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:

David Abrams – David Roberts Food Corporation

Bernice Blomme – Independent

John Callaghan – Sysco Canada

Jim Grieb – Greenbridge Foodservice

Lindsay Mackett – Olymel

Brian Orr – Multi-Unit Marketing

Tiana Rodrigue – Friends of We Care

Mike Shasky – C.W. Shasky & Associates

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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:

Ed Lamb – Stewart’s Foodservice

Junnelfa Cadiz – Friends of We Care

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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, Orion Hall, Mississauga, Ontario
Date: May 23, 2020
Meetings: September-May

Committee Members:

Martin Bissonnette – Aliments LUDA Foods

Christina Bogonos – Gay Lea Foods

Miriam Cadena – Sysco Toronto

Junnelfa Cadiz – Friends of We Care

Jim Clark – Colio Wines

Angelo Colalillo – Aramark

Margaret Dowell – SIR Corp

Molly Flood – McNairn Packaging

Kristy Hamilton – Campbell Company of Canada

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Lindsay Jesso – Single Service Sales

Karen Maguire – Burnbrae Farms

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care

Julia Maxwell – Graphic Packaging

Angie Middleton – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Joanna Nakeff – Kerr’s Candy

Mathew Patryluk – Abe Erb Brewing Co/Settlement Co

Dan Rafuse – High Liner Foods

Tiana Rodrigue – Friends of We Care

Malak Sidky – Health Care Event Planning

Ryan Smolkin – Smoke’s Poutinerie

Brad Tarras – Sysco Canada

Jamie Tinker – The International Centre

Phil Wilde – Coffee Club

Heather Wogden – KraftHeinz

Vanessa Yung – ICON Digital

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National Bowling Challenge

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

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Calgary
Location: TBD
Date: TBD

Committee Members:

Jess Heinrichs – Easter Seals Alberta

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Marissa Portelance – Acosta

David Swanson Reinhardt – Sysco Calgary

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Edmonton

Location: Ed’s Rec Room – West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta
Date: February 20, 2020
Meetings: November-February

Committee Members:

Bonnie Bergen – Riverwood Sales

Katherine Faddis – Olymel

Anna Fraser – Saputo

Cheryl Goertz – AG Foodservice

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Sandy Jacobsen – International Pacific Sales

Jason Porter – Olymel

Cheryl Robertson – Olymel

Jodi Zabludowski – Easter Seals

Darla Zuk – Easter Seals Alberta

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Halifax

Location: Spryfield Bowlarama, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: October 22, 2020
Meetings: August-October

Committee Members:

Wayne Lloyd – Saputo

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care

Ross Miller – Cavendish Farms

Gary Moulton – TrainCan Inc.

Tom O’Handley – Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Wanda Sinclair – Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Morgan Van Horne – AMCA  Sales and Marketing

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Kelowna

Location: TBD
Date: TBD

Committee Members:

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Michelle Webber – Easter Seals BC/Camp Winfield

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Moncton

Location: Champlain Bowlarama, Dieppe, New Brunswick
Date: October 20, 2020
Meetings: August-October

Committee Members:

Sadie Gallagher Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Candice Gallant – Olymel

Francine Galloway – Olymel

Marc Guitard – Olymel

Matthew Jay – Easter Seals Nova Scotia

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care

Lena Manuge – AMCA Sales and Marketing

Melissa Thornton – Capital Food Service

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Toronto

Location: Planet Bowl, Etobicoke, Ontario
Date: November 19, 2020
Meetings: July-November

Committee Members:

Kyle Bagg – Saputo

Leysa Brown – Aliments LUDA Foods

Amanda Clouthier – Olymel

George Da Costa – Cardinal Meat Specialists

Katie Hartl – The International Beauty Institute

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Yousef Jakarsezian – Olymel

Liz Leveillee – Gluten Free-dom

Rena Mistry – Sysco Canada

Cyndy Spiers – Olymel

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Vancouver

Location: REVS Bowling & Entertainment, Burnaby, British Columbia
Date: February 27, 2020
Meetings: October-February

Committee Members:

Shannon Bernays – Easter Seals BC

Graison Corney – Saputo

Debbie Fase – Olymel

Colleen Hayes – Essity

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

Jason MacPhee – Olymel

Melissa Prytula – Pepsico

Louis Welch – Olymel

Audrey Wolf – Olymel

Bryan Zima – Olymel

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Regional Events

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Winterfest

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

Location: Devil’s Glen, Glen Huron, Ontario
Date: January 31, 2020
Meetings: September-January

Committee Members:

Tanya Cheddie – Aryzta

Laura Davies – Motiv Marketing

Ralph Hollander – AGG Food Brokers

Deb Jackson – ARAMARK Supply Chain

Debbie Lennie – Independent

Liz Leveillee – Gluten Free-dom

Karen Maguire – Burnbrae Farms

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care

Matthew Pelton – Sleeman Breweries

Chris Robertson – LCBO

Allison Thompson – Unilever Foodsolutions

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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 28, 2020
Meetings: February-May

Committee Members:

Mara Abolins – LCBO

Catharine Berne – Labatt Breweries of Canada

Kevin Dale – Colio Estate Wines

Kevin DaSilva – Molson Coors

Trevor Dawes – Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits

Lisa Fenn – Andrew Peller Estates

Andrew Johnston – Labatt Breweries of Canada

Matthew Iamundo – Independent

Brennan Kelly – LCBO

Kim Lang – Labatt Breweries of Canada

Debbie Lennie – Independent

Greg Mandziuk – Friends of We Care

Marc McDowell – Mark Anthony Wines

Carlos Pinto – Campari

Chris Robertson – LCBO

Kristin Steiner – Arterra Wines

Jessica Uhrig – Mark Anthony Brands

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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: Easter Seals Camp Woodeden, London, Ontario
Date: July 29, 2020

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We Care Pro-Am

The We Care Pro-Am takes place 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 18, 2020
Meetings: March-August

Committee Members:

Nadia Battagello – Sysco Canada

Joe Di Maria – Affinity Group Canada

Scott Garrett – Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee

Michael Hall – PepsiCo Canada

Arooj Hussain – Friends of We Care

David Lillicrap – McCormick Canada

Robert Macdonald – PepsiCo Canada

Rena Mistry – Sysco Canada

Mathew Patryluk – Abe Erb Brewing Co/Settlement Co

Todd Stevens – Brand Ignition

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Les Amis de Nous Aidons Golf & Cocktail

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. All money raised at this event provides funding for Quebec children with disabilities to attend camps through Easter Seals Quebec.

Location: Golf Saint-Raphaël, L’Île-Bizard, Quebec
Date: September 3, 2020
Meetings: June-August

Committee Members:

Guy Gravelle – Independent

Josh Gray – TTS Marketing

Katherine Ma – MTY Group

Vito Massi – Maple Leaf Foods

Tara Pekeles – Dubord

Bernard Poliquin – Olymel

Tiana Rodrigue – Friends of We Care

Angelis Sarbanis – Rose Hill Foods Inc.

Gilles Trepanier – Restolutions