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CFEC to host holiday luncheon

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) along with Premium Brands and the HAVE Culinary Training Society invite media to attend a luncheon Tuesday, December 17th at Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, Room 110.

Thanks to generous donations from Premium Brands and the help of chefs and students from the HAVE Culinary Training Society, the holiday meal will feed 125 guests from CFEC, who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a holiday meal. Each of these guests will also be provided with grocery bags stuffed with essentials to fill their pantries at home, courtesy of Premium Brands.

Media are invited to photograph the chefs-in-training who will be generously preparing the traditional holiday meal for their fellow community members at HAVE Culinary Training Society, 374 Powell Street at 10:00 a.m. There will also be media availability and photo opportunities at the Canucks Family Education Centre, located within Britannia Secondary School from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. with CFEC families and guests as well as representatives from Canucks Sports & Entertainment, Premium Brands, CFEC and HAVE Culinary Training Society.

WHO: Victor de Bonis (Canucks COO and Alternate Governor, NHL; Vice President, CFKF Board) Adrian Duso (Founder-Duso’s Pasta & Spokesperson for Premium Brands) Jean Rasmussen (Executive Director-CFEC) Alex Mitchell (Executive Director-Canucks for Kids Fund; Director, Canucks Community Partnerships) Amber Anderson (Head Training Chef & Executive Director, HAVE Culinary Training Society)

WHAT: Holiday Luncheon

WHEN: Tuesday, December 17th

WHERE: Canucks Family Education Centre, located within Britannia Secondary School, 1001 Cotton Drive, Vancouver, Room 110.

About CFEC

The Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) is a partnership between Britannia Community Services Centre Society, the Canucks for Kids Fund, The Vancouver Sun Raise-a-Reader program and 40 program partners. The Centre opened October 3, 2002, and is located at Britannia Community Services Centre - a 17-acre site in East Vancouver, which services the inner-city communities of Grandview-Woodland and Strathcona. The primary goal of CFEC is to develop and implement a seamless system of quality family literacy programming that works with existing service providers and institutions to create meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to learn together. The mandate of CFEC is to positively impact low literacy levels on Vancouver’s East side and other locations throughout the province of BC, by providing a co-coordinated, comprehensive, integrated services approach to family literacy and lifelong learning. This integrated services approach has two main purposes - to develop collaborative relationships between service providers and to share resources. Most importantly, CFEC provides barrier-free learning for all participants by providing access to free literacy programming, free child-care, free transit passes, and complimentary hot meals every day of the week.

About HAVE Culinary Training Society

The HAVE Culinary Training Society is a culinary training school that provides foodservice job training and work opportunities to individuals in Vancouver who experience barriers to employment. HAVE‘s students are youth and adults facing mental and physical disabilities, poverty, addiction and homelessness. HAVE’s enrolment numbers are a record high and they expect to train even more students in need in the coming year. Over the past six years, HAVE has successfully trained 500+ students with over 75% of those students gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry.

About Premium Brands

Premium Brands owns a broad range of leading specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses with operations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nevada and Washington State. The Company services over 22,000 customers and its family of brands and businesses include Grimm’s, Harvest, McSweeney’s, Bread Garden Go, Hygaard, Hempler’s, Quality Fast Foods, Gloria’s Best of Fresh, Direct Plus, National Direct-to-Store Distribution (NDSD), Harlan Fairbanks, Creekside Bakehouse, Centennial Foodservice, B&C Food Distributors, Shahir, Wescadia, Duso’s, Maximum Seafood, SK Food Group, OvenPride, Hub City Fisheries, Audrey’s, Deli Chef, Piller’s and Freybe.

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