Group of people including soliders, in front of Tim Hortons with giant cheque

(Above) On Oct. 13, the results of the 2020 Petawawa Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign was unveiled. The $9,628 will go to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC). From left are 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Jack Durnford, Tim Hortons General Manager Rosalie Bryan-Sack, Ian McCluskey, CANEX Express Mart Manager Tosha Poirier, PMFRC Executive Director Claudia Beswick, CANEX General Manager Gerald Doner, 4 CDSG Commander Colonel (Col) John Vass, Peter McCluskey and Tim Hortons Owner Andy Burns. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Smile Cookies raise $9,628 for PMFRC

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday October 22, 2020

In Petawawa, the 2020 Tim Hortons’ Smile Cookie campaign raised $9,628 for the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC).

“It is hugely appreciated,” said PMFRC Executive Director Claudia Beswick. “The Garrison, right now, is in high readiness, so we have a lot of families that are dealing with deployments on top of all the COVID issues.”

The money is earmarked for deployment services as well as children with exceptional needs programs.

The fundraising was split between the Garrison Tim Hortons and the location on Petawawa Blvd. Owner Andy Burns was excited to see such a high tally considering the current climate.

“Our team really stepped it up,” said Burns. “Because our team delivered this result.”

That result is about $3,000 more than last year and $5,000 more than two years ago. To help push the numbers higher, they built an atmosphere where clients and staff knew that each cookie made a difference locally.

“The resource centre is there for them,” said Burns of the Canadian Armed Forces members who dine at the restaurant.

During the cheque presentation on Oct. 13, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel (Col) John Vass was proud that the community came together to help the PMFRC. He offered his gratitude for the generous donation.

“The PMFRC and the services that they provide enable the soldiers to go to work understanding that their children are taken care of and, at least, minimizes some stress for people in an already stressful environment,” said Col Vass.