12th Annual Mayor's Breakfast a raving success!
May 9th, 2013 – Strathroy
Middlesex Community Living was pleased to host Mayor Joanne Vanderheyden at the sold out 12th annual Mayor’s Breakfast.
Patrons of this year’s event showed up bright and early to Caradoc Sands golf course in order to indulge in a delicious hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, muffins, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. Thanks to long time local business sponsors like Ricco Foods, Ralph Bos Meats, Giant Tiger, The Real Canadian Superstore, The Gardenia Restaurant, Gray Ridge Eggs and Sysco Food Systems, the annual breakfast was a huge success.
The theme of this year’s breakfast was community inclusion and the Mayor did an inspiring job in giving the crowd some useful tips on how each community member can be a catalyst for inclusion and inviting people to feel like they belong in their community.
Emcees of the event, Brad Ward and Chris Soares from myFM helped wake up the early morning crowd. The back and forth exchanges between the two emcees had everyone laughing and smiling. Brad and Chris did a fantastic job in keeping the event on schedule and easing the jitters of the guest speakers.
As in years past, students from Strathroy and District Collegiate Institute produced a short video for the event. Erin Huston, Paul Facey, Zach Weiss and Hudson Hayes worked diligently to put together a video that expressed the history of the community living movement and where we’ve come from and where we want to go. The video was so well done that as the crowd viewed it, it became quite apparent that people were starting to feel empowered and looking to initiate support for people with intellectual disabilities.
This year’s Mel Veale Community Hero Award was presented to Roy’s Coffee Shop. Margaret Southern accepted the award from Executive Director Sherri Kroll and long time and newly retired employee Tom Austin. Tom started working full time for Roy and Margaret Gill at Roy’s coffee shop in 1986. Tom worked part time at the coffee shop as a dishwasher until his retirement in April 2013. Tom now boasts about having ‘free lifetime coffee’ and the lifelong friendships he has made.
Middlesex Community Living looks forward to hosting next year’s Mayor’s Breakfast. We hope that you will be able to join us.
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