Chartwells Contributes $500,000 to Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC

Funds support food relief for students experiencing urgent financial need

February 27, 2018 Halifax, NS – Today, Chartwells presented the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Foundation with a cheque for $500,000, with the aim of helping NSCC students in urgent financial need. Chartwells’ support of NSCC’s Urgent Aid Fund – via Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC – was announced this morning at NSCC’s Ivany Campus in Dartmouth.

As a leading foodservice provider on university and college campuses across the country, Chartwells, a sector of Compass Group Canada, understands the importance nutrition plays in the development of minds and bodies. With the funds being distributed over the next five years, on the four campuses where Chartwells is present, the contribution will provide students in need of food relief though access to swipe cards that can be used in Chartwells’ dining halls, or through grocery-store gift cards for use off-campus. This aid will help support them as they continue their NSCC journey.

“Students sometimes find themselves facing unanticipated financial challenges that may affect their ability to remain in school,” says Don Bureaux, NSCC President. “They may have nowhere else to turn. Our Urgent Aid Fund is there to help them address those challenges and get back on track,”

He adds, “We are grateful for this generous support from Chartwells, which will help students continue on their educational journey and contribute positively to their communities.”

“As the foodservice provider at four NSCC campuses, we see firsthand the considerable obstacles faced by some students and we know that with a bit of help, they can overcome these barriers,” says Ashton Sequeira, President, Chartwells. “I am so pleased that our contribution will go toward helping these students continue their studies and realize their dreams.”

Chartwells provides food services at four NSCC campuses: Ivany Campus in Dartmouth, Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax, Kingstec Campus in Kentville, and Truro Campus.

The Urgent Aid program, funded through the NSCC Foundation and administered by the College’s Student Services department at all NSCC locations across Nova Scotia, provides financial and other support to current students who are at risk of leaving their academic program due to challenging events.

About Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada is Canada’s leading foodservice and support services provider. With more than 25,000 associates and over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2017, its recipe is simple: great people, great service and great results. Exceptional foodservices and support services are provided to leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafés, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals, as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs.

About Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC
Make Way is NSCC’s most ambitious campaign to date, opening doors to education by raising $25 million to help students succeed. Through the generosity of donors, partners and sponsors, we are supporting students through scholarships, bursaries and urgent aid, as well as innovative learning, leading-edge instructional equipment and centres of expertise. Make Way is helping secure a strong future by investing in those who will propel Nova Scotia forward.

About Nova Scotia Community College
NSCC is committed to building Nova Scotia’s economy and quality of life through education and innovation. Serving the province through a network of 13 campuses, the College offers 120+ programs in five academic schools – Access, Business, IT & Creative Industries, Health & Human Services, and Trades & Technology – reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC’s primary goal: student success. In an annual survey of its graduates, the College has found 87% are employed, most in their field of choice, with 92% of those employed living and working in Nova Scotia.

Chartwells Announces Winners of the Chartwells Campus Projects

Supporting students across Canada working to make real environmental and social changes

Toronto, ON, November 24, 2017 – As winners of the Chartwells Campus Project, students at 5 colleges and universities will have an opportunity to make their environmental and social dreams a reality. Since 2014 Chartwells foodservices has worked with university and college students across Canada to develop innovative concepts that offer solutions to the real environmental and social challenges facing us today. (complete list of previous winners below)

We are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 winners of the Chartwells Campus Project:

  • Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) will build a Campus Food Room, focusing on food security for students
  • McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) will develop a campaign to affect waste generating behavior and host a Waste Case Competition
  • Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario) will develop a culinary skill curriculum for use by campus groups
  • Trinity College, University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario) will build a roof top food garden
  • Trent University (Peterborough, Ontario) will reinvent their reusable mug program which will include a self-serve wash station

The Chartwells Campus Projects fund winners for 2017-2018 have been selected for their ability to advance sustainability through innovation on their respective campuses, with support from Chartwells and Compass Group Canada. Through the Chartwells Campus Projects, students are empowered to take action today, in the places they live and study by building sustainable solutions for the world to adopt tomorrow.

“At Chartwells we firmly believe in a collaborative approach with our students and clients whereby we are a thought partner with them throughout the student experience. We are so inspired by the active role that our students are taking in shaping the future of food. Now, more than ever, food for the Mind, Body and Soul is critical in enhancing student life on campus. These campus projects, led by students, motivate all of us to think bigger and aspire to do more not just for today, but for the sustainable footprint we leave behind in the future. I want to personally congratulate all of our winners and look forward to seeing this list growing even larger in the years to come!” – Ashton Sequeira
Innovative Chartwells Campus Projects ideas range from a small scale off-grid hydroponic table, created by Humber college students, that not only grows fresh food but is also a piece of functional furniture, and ultimately an education tool to the creation of the Trent Market Garden which annually provides 2000lbs of fresh organic produce to the wider community, and lets students practice organic agriculture on their campuses.

“The students we get to work with on these projects come with a truly transformative perspective on how to approach some of the persistent roadblocks to sustainability we face every day,” said Jana Vodicka, Manager, Campus Engagement and Sustainability. “The best part is, we get to figure out how to overcome these issues together through the students’ projects.”

These project have lasting impacts that serve the campuses on which they are implemented, but also allow for trialed adoption on numerous campuses at which Chartwells is the food service provider. Most importantly, students have the chance to affect change, develop skills and challenge their entrepreneurial muscles, and become the leaders we need here and now.

This is about looking forward, engaging passion and advancing sustainability by igniting one idea at a time.

Congratulations to our partner campuses! We look forward to working with you.

View our current list of Chartwells Campus Project winners!

Tim Hortons® Smile Cookies Help Grow Community Gardens across Canada

Canadian families-in-need will have access to more fresh, nourishing food thanks to the Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie Campaign

Mississauga, ON, January 3, 2018 – Compass Group Canada is proud to announce that through the Tim Hortons® Smile Cookie campaign, our Tim Hortons® locations raised $31,596 dollars for Food Banks Canada’s community garden initiative.

tim hortons cheque presentation to food banks canada

One dollar from every Smile Cookie sold is donated to charitable causes chosen by the Tim Hortons® locations – for 2017, Compass’ Tim Hortons® selected Food Banks Canada. At Compass, we look to positively impact a serious and growing problem across Canada – food insecurity. Through Nourish, our corporate giving initiative and in partnership with Food Banks Canada, we aim to increase the amount and diversity of fresh and nutritious food available to Canadian families-in-need through our community gardens initiative.

“I am delighted to make this donation to Food Banks Canada,” said Jacques Webster, Regional Vice President, Operations, ESS. “As a food service company, we are very aware of the need for sustainable and healthy food that exist throughout this country and I’d like to thank our Guests for making this donation possible. All of us at Compass and Tim Hortons® are proud to play a role in supporting Food Banks Canada in their important work.”

“More than 860,000 Canadians turn to food banks each month and this money will go towards the Community Gardens Granting Program helping local food banks grow, prepare and share more fresh, nutritious food,” added Mimi Lowi-Young, Executive Director, Food Banks Canada. “We are so appreciative of the support shown by Compass and their Tim Hortons® locations.”

To date Compass Group Canada has helped fund over 40 gardens across Canada. Learn more about Compass Group Canada’s Nourish program.

Compass Group Canada
Compass Group Canada is the country’s leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 24,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors’ residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada’s parent company had revenues of £19.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2016.

TIM HORTONS® is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, TIM HORTONS® appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. TIM HORTONS® has more than 4,600 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. To learn more about the TIM HORTONS® brand, please visit the TIM HORTONS® brand website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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