Daily Bread’s fourth annual Best in Class Awards took place on May 6, 2015 and recognized the outstanding support from our community and corporate leaders in the fight against hunger.
Here are some of the highlights of the evening and the 2015 award winners:
Community Fundraiser Award: Daily Flag for Daily Bread
Daily Flag for Daily Bread is a truly a unique event that raises donations and creates awareness about poverty and hunger issues in the Beaches neighbourhood. This event takes place over 25 days and actively engages neighbours and friends who create one-of-a-kind flags and then auction them off, with proceeds going to Daily Bread.
Congratulations to Michelynn and Benedict Hilliard, event organizers, on this great accomplishment!
From left to right: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread Board Member), Benedict Hilliard (Daily Flag for Daily Bread) and Gail Nyberg (Daily Bread Executive Director, Daily Bread).
Volunteer Team Award: CIBC
CIBC and its employees lead by example by volunteering hundreds – sometimes thousands – of hours on-site in our warehouse or at member agencies; participating in special events or sharing their technical expertise with us.
Since 2008, CIBC employees have been regular volunteer fixtures in our warehouse. They have devoted a remarkable 3,000 hours of their time to Daily Bread. CIBC employees are committed to the communities where they work and live and we are grateful for their support!
From left to right: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread board member), Lina Lanni (CIBC District Branch Manager, CIBC), Carissa Lucreziano, (General Manager, – CIBC) and Gail Nyberg (Executive Director, Daily Bread).
Corporate Donor Award: Great Gulf
This year we are recognize one of our long-time donors, Great Gulf, who have demonstrated leadership in fighting hunger for over a decade A monthly donor since 2003, we know we can count on them each and every month!
“We are going to bring our staff to volunteer and challenge others to do the same, ” said Madeline Zito, Vice President of Public Relations at Great Gulf. “This is such a worthwhile cause.”
From left to right: Gail Nyberg (Executive Director, Daily Bread) and Madeline Zito (Vice President Public Relations, Great Gulf).
Food Industry Donor Award: Campbell’s Company of Canada
Campbell’s understands that hunger is a complex issue – they support hunger issues through donations and also work hard to raise awareness and inspire others to get involved. Last year alone, they donated over half a million pounds’ of food. They are probably the best neighbour we could ever imagine (their offices are right next door to Daily Bread)!
“At Campbell’s, we’re committed to alleviating hunger,” said Moya Brown, Vice President of Marketing at Campbells’.. “There are so many people who really struggle to feed their families and many children as well who go hungry.”
From left to right: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread Board Member), Moya Brown (Vice President, Marketing, Campbell’s Company of Canada) and Gail Nyberg (Executive Director, Daily Bread)
Agency Award: Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry
Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry, has been working with Daily Bread since 2008. When food banks in their area have had to close down – leaving a devastating gap in service – this agency has consistently stepped up and opened their food bank to those affected. They are reliable leaders in feeding people in Toronto and we’d like to congratulate them on all of their efforts and on the impact they have on people’s lives every day.
From left to right: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread Board Member), Leticia Jonayon (Friends of Jesus Christ, Canada Food Bank Ministry) and Gail Nyberg (Executive Director, Daily Bread).
Partner Award: Toronto Professional Fire Fighters
The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters have shown commitment and outstanding leadership! Every member of their team is already a hero in our city but they are also heroes for Daily Bread. They provide a link to the community and help us collect and distribute enough food to both our agencies and the food programs we support.
The fire fighters have already collected over one million pounds of food. They’ve also run their own annual event to support Daily Bread – The Starkman Cup Trivia Challenge – which has raised over $80,000.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than when a five-year-old has a little bag with soup cans in their hands and we have to lift him up so they can put it the box…It’s extremely gratifying to work with Daily Bread,” said Frank Ramagnano as he accepted the award on behalf of Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association.
From left to right: Sarah Diebel (Daily Bread Board Member), Frank Ramagnano (President of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association) and Gail Nyberg (Executive Director, Daily Bread).
Click here to see the Best in Class Award 2014 recipients!