Hearts as big as a Canyon
Canyon Creek’s Kim Posauad and Carm Bozzo, development manager at Halton Women’s Place, teamed up for a good cause Thursday, Nov. 11 at Canyon Creek’s Burlington location on Fairview St.
Giving back to your usually makes good business sense, even if it’s not the prime motivator. So while Kim Posauad of Canyon Creek’s Burlington location figures there will be lots of future business generated by selling appetizer coupons worth as much as $15 for just $5 apiece on Thursday, Nov. 11, there was a more important—and more immediate—cause being addressed.
For the tenth year in a row, Posauad and Canyon Creek staff have been helping out the Halton Women’s Place, a Milton and Burlington-based operation that provides shelter and crisis services for physically, emotionally, financially and sexually abused women and their dependent children and is dedicated to ending violence against women and their children. Serving 800 women and 1,000 kids, the facility requires an operating budget of $2.5 million a year, but still needs to raise approximately $500,000 annually to support its programs.
Canyon Creek’s efforts have helped generate $30,000 for the shelter—including $5,000 last year alone. They’re hoping the final tally will be even greater from their Remembrance Day function, which took over the entire bar area, offering free food and rink to those who’d come to support the program.
The holiday season is a particularly important time to generate added awareness, notes Posauad, who is among a group that fans out every December 24th purchasing gift certificates from companies from Sobey’s to Shoppers Drug Mart to provide a few essentials and a few small simple luxuries for those who can’t afford them at present.
“Everyone needs a Christmas,” says Posauad, who helped initiate her restaurant’s support of the program 10 years ago “when staff gave from their own pockets.”
While Posauad, who describes her job title as “community partner,” hopes that patrons will think of her establishment at mealtime, she also calls it “a win-win scenario to help support the community.
“You have to give back,” she explains. You’re a part of it!”