Thanks to the generosity of our dedicated partners and donors in Canada, the Foundation is making significant progress in expanding our signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids. Today, the Foundation is funding adoption recruiters in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan who are dedicated to finding adoptive families for the more than 30,000 children waiting in Canada’s foster care system.
Wendy’s franchisees in Ontario are leading the way in their support for our mission through in-restaurant campaigns, such as Frosty Key Tags, Halloween Coupon Boo! Books, coin canisters, and point-of-sale programs, as well as other special events. Last year, Wendy’s nearly 200 restaurants in Ontario had 100 percent participation in initiatives benefitting the Foundation’s mission.
“Our employees know about and understand the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s mission from their very first shift. We encourage our restaurants to set goals for every initiative and work with their teams to celebrate the hard work they put into raising money for an important cause,” shared Kathryn Chayka, a franchisee in Niagara, Ontario.
Susan Allison, president of Affinity Food Group, Inc. in London, Ontario encourages her restaurants to engage in friendly competitions to exceed their fundraising goals. The company also creates tray liners and posters to build awareness of foster care adoption among employees and guests.
“We support the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption–Canada for several reasons,” she explained. “It speaks to our mission statement of ‘giving back to each other and to the communities in which we live.’ It is part of the Wendy’s brand. And, it’s important for us as a company to be part of a larger plan that gives children a forever family — a family that loves them.”
In 2018, franchisees in Ontario were recognized at Wendy’s Convention for their commitment to building awareness and support for foster care adoption in Canada.
“My nephew is adopted, and I have witnessed first-hand how powerful adoption can be for the life of the child and for the families who adopt the children,” shared Woodstock, Ontario franchisee Karen Bruin Gooch. “Every child deserves a loving home regardless of their age, race, health or gender. Love can cure so many problems. We all deserve to be loved!”
Many franchisees, like Dave Postowoj of London, Ontario, have also made a personal commitment to the Foundation. “Giving back is always part of my life. We are here to make the lives of others better,” he said. “I have included a legacy gift in my estate plan to ensure the Foundation can continue its work for years to come.”
Dave Thomas always reminded us that “These children are not someone else’s responsibility. They are our responsibility.” Thank you to franchisees in Ontario and across Canada for sharing this great responsibility with us.
Learn more about the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption–Canada and support our work finding forever families for children in foster care at davethomasfoundation.ca.