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    On May 27, military members came out to support the Salvation Army Pembroke Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Marc Gagne hands Father Douglas Bridge his meal. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    On May 27, military members came out to support the Salvation Army Pembroke Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. It took a small army to whip up the Salvation Army Pembroke Pancake Breakfast. From left are Captain Rebecca Fielding, Major Ralph Young, Acting Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Sophie Desjardins, Garrison Commander Colonel Marc Gagne, Sharron Young, Bob Cotter, and Roger Steinke. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Garrison Petawawa supports Salvation Army breakfast

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2016


The early bird may get the worm, but the early riser was able to partake in the Salvation Army Pembroke Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.

Held at the Kiwanis Club in Pembroke on May 27, community members were invited to enjoy a hearty breakfast cooked by volunteers. This annual hot morning meal supports local programs such as the Youth Centre, food bank and soup kitchen.

“The pancake breakfast has been running here for years,” said Director of Public Relations and Development in the Eastern Ontario Region Sean Maddox. “It seems to be a model that works. People like to come out early in the morning and get on with their business day.”

Funds from the long-standing tradition has allowed the Youth Centre to thrive, offering young people a safe place where they can find mentors and friends. The fundraiser also provides money to host a lunch-hour soup kitchen four days a week, assists with the Salvation Army’s food bank, its emergency disaster services as well as Christmas Hampers.

There was no shortage of volunteers to assist with food preparation, and members from Garrison Petawawa served breakfast to participants.

“The Salvation Army has a long history of working with the Army, it goes back to World War II,” said Maddox. “We used to have pastors on bases. So they appreciate that we are trying to help them as well.”

Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Marc Gagné echoed that sentiment. He was more than willing to roll up his sleeves and brush up on his waiter skills in support of the Salvation Army.

“I think it is important to see people from the Garrison, officers and NCMs, coming out to help the community,” he said, adding there is a strong connection between the military and the surrounding municipalities.

Military members are very busy with their training schedule, but Col Gagne said they still try to provide all the support they can, especially for organizations like the Salvation Army.

“It is a good organization,” said the Colonel. “It helps the community, it helps the people here in the Valley. It is well known and well-respected. It is a critical piece for the community to have.”

Kiwanian Larry Fisher was also happy to lend his club’s facilities, equipment and volunteers to the Salvation Army for this event.

“They are one of the best outfits going as far as I am concerned,” he said.