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Our Vision


summerlunch+’s vision is to close the achievement gap with nutritious lunches and engaging programming over the summer months. With our help, children will learn first-hand the value of a healthy meal, and acquire good food habits for life.

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Our Vision


summerlunch+’s vision is to close the achievement gap with nutritious lunches and engaging programming over the summer months. With our help, children will learn first-hand the value of a healthy meal, and acquire good food habits for life.

OUR STORY

summerlunch+ was founded by Susan Wright in the fall of 2015, with a plan to implement the first phase in the summer of 2016. Susan had worked in the Thorncliffe area and was familiar with their amazing school nutrition programs, so she approached the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) who were receptive. TNO holds a summer camp for 400 kids and this was a great opportunity to provide healthy meals, food education and hands-on learning to 400 kids each day.

The Toronto District School Board has two amazing programs that help students find summer jobs and that make use of school facilities over the summer.  The Focus on Youth program provides employment and leadership opportunities for youth in priority communities and the Priority Schools Initiative helps not-for-profit organizations gain free access to space to run programs where people can engage in meaningful activities. We are going to make our lunches with the help of high-school students in the local public school, where camp takes place.

Susan is getting the word out and now multiple organizations and excellent people are jumping on board. It’s early in our journey and we are excited about how far we’ve come. There is a lot more to do this year and we hope you want to help!

SUSAN WRIGHT

Susan Wright worked in student nutrition for several years, as the Regional Director for Ontario at the Breakfast Club of Canada. She was regularly asked by parents, community groups and by students themselves for support outside of the school day, and decided to launch summerlunch+ to address that need.

Susan is a human resources professional with over 20 years of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. She worked at Bank of Montreal and Labatt for a combined ten years, then with the Earth Ranger Foundation, JUMP Math, and the Breakfast Club of Canada for another decade. She wants to give young people a great start in life, and believes that healthy food, lots of activity, and sharing meals with friends and family is the basis for good living!

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Our Advisory Team


OUR ADVISORY TEAM

Our Advisory Team


OUR ADVISORY TEAM

Angela Simo Brown

Throughout her 19 year tenure at Air Miles LoyaltyOne Angela has been recognized for her vision and leadership around how business can achieve economic value while also creating positive social change. In 2014 Angela won the 2014 WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Award for her leadership co-founding and running Air Miles for Social Change, part of the Air Miles reward program.  Air Miles for Social Change is a first of its kind national loyalty program that uses the power of Air Miles to drive positive social benefit by rewarding Canadians for making choices that are good for their health and the environment.  Angela is passionate about driving social impact and has spoken at many conferences and events throughout North America about the power of creating shared value and purposeful enterprise.  

Angela loves eating healthy and thinks everyone should have access to healthy food.  Angela has two children with life-threatening food allergies and acts as spokesperson and volunteer emergency reaction educator & trainer for Food Allergy Canada.  Angela is excited to now be a founding advisory board member for summerlunch+.  


Alan Levine

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Alan is an entrepreneur, leader, experienced CEO, and winner of multiple awards including “Best 50 companies” and “Entrepreneur of the Year”.  Co-founder of a ground-breaking North American information company, Alan also served an unprecedented 2-year term as Chairman of the Canadian Marketing Association.  Alan’s consulting career includes buy-side due diligence, business strategy, Executive Coach, and two years as CEO of Infersystems, a mathematical technology company focused on “big data”.

Alan is a passionate urban farmer, travel adventurer, reader, music lover and fitness enthusiast.

He currently works with a broad range of social enterprises that include ethical travel, green roofs, social impact consulting, solar energy, as well as organic and urban agriculture.  At this point in his career, Alan’s main goal is to help people who are trying to save the world make a living!


lisa slater

Lisa Slater has spent her entire life in the food business. Growing up in a New York restaurant family, she finished her PhD qualifying exams in nutritional anthropology before deciding to open her first restaurant in Citicorp Centre, a precursor to Starbucks. Moving to Canada to run the family coffee business, after its sale to Nestle Canada, Lisa along with her sister Abby opened the highly popular Original Bakery Cafe followed by Dakota Kitchens, and the 12 store bagel bakery chain Bakeworks. Looking to broaden her horizons, she joined Whole Foods Market 14 years ago, rising through the ranks from bakery team leader to the store team leader of four stores, opening three of them.

Lisa and her sister founded Eat to the Beat on Behalf of Willow Breast Cancer Services. This was the first all woman chef event in Canada and it is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.  She is dedicated to making the world a better place one bite at a time.


SHARON BRODOVSKY

Sharon Brodovsky is a social impact strategist with over two decades of experience as a designer, facilitator and evaluator of collaborative social strategies. She has deep knowledge and experience working in private, public and not-for-profit sectors on a variety of social issues related to children and youth health,  healthy eating, physical literacy, environment and poverty reduction.

Sharon has held several senior positions in policy and strategy development, evaluation, communications and stakeholder engagement including CIBC, Ministry of Health Promotion and Heart and Stroke Foundation where she developed and led their childhood obesity strategy. Comfortable working with grasstops and grassroots organizations,  she consults with a range social sector organizations, foundations and private companies to design and develop social impact strategies, plans and evaluative tools to monitor, demonstrate and communicate impacts, many using a collective impact approach.  

Food plays an important role in Sharon's life both professionally and personally and she is pleased to be able to offer her support to summerlunch+.


KATHRYN BABCOCK

A specialist in both grassroots fundraising and multi-million dollar corporate partnerships, Kathryn has honed an entrepreneurial approach that leverages assets and opportunities.

Through cultivating an entrepreneurial fundraising mindset, Kathryn helped catapult the Canadian Women’s Foundation to become of one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. This included; the creation of Canada’s first charitable IPO, a multi-million dollar women moving women campaign, and a national media and retail partnership. 

As principal of Babcock & Company, Kathryn specializes in helping charities to raise more money through breakthrough ideation that gets results.


VICTORIA BAILEY

Victoria Bailey is a registered Social Worker with specialties in children’s mental health and serving families experiencing conflict through divorce and separation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Toronto. Victoria works as a Child and Family Therapist at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a leader in treatment, research and training activitiesrelated to the mental health of children and their families. In addition to her clinical work, Victoria is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work. As a passionate advocate for the important roles nutrition and community engagement play in children’s physical and mental health, Victoria is a proud supporter of Summer Lunch Plus.


CHRIS O'CONNOR

Chris  O’Connor is the President and Founder of Think Research and a practicing critical care physician in the Intensive Care Unit at Trillium Health Partners.  Think Research  is a collaborative network of over 350 hospitals and health care institutions that utilizes Think Research's technology platform to incorporate the most up to date expert clinical knowledge into the process of caring for patients.  Chris is excited about improving children’s nutrition to avoid the negative consequences of poor eating habits later in life.


Thanks

Jim and Joan Wright, who taught me kindness every day of my life
Chelsea Gallagher who showed me that my work life could have meaning
Debbie Fields and the great folks at FoodShare for ongoing support
Paul Estey for his big ideas
Liz Wigmore and Chris Guthrie for being cheerleaders
Heather and Dennis O’Connor who were early supporters
Adrienne Phillips who makes me look good on paper, and online