It’s simple – we are going hungry so they don’t have to. We are engaging in a 24-hour famine to promote awareness and raise funds for food security in the DTES.
December 19th at 6pm we will report to Save On Meats and “lock in” until 6am. Some participants will join us remotely. A full night of speakers and workshops will help us tackle these difficult issues as a community.
Currently training 360 women a year on food security and provision. Expanding to 720 with your help.
Add provision of 100 meals a day 4 times a week all year to Beauty Night Society's Life Makeover Program at DEWC.
Supplement meals and fund food programing for East Vancouver youth in partnership with Growing Chefs, Breakfast Clubs of Canada and others.
Addition of meal program to Rainer Women's Hotel, 40 meals a day for the entire year.
Supplementing current meal program of 717 meals a day to 8 Single Room Occupancy Hotels in the DTES.
200 breakfasts a week to kids and their families at Strathcona Elementary School.
Provide emergency food for organisations working in the DTES.
Adding jobs and training to current programs for those who face traditional “barriers” to employment.
ION Magazine is a cutting edge portal for independent culture. Over the past 12 years ION has become known as the award winning lifestyle magazine with a clear focus on featuring innovators in the areas of music, film, art, culture and fashion. The magazine is available across Canada and free for pick up at various cafes, boutiques, and record stores. The ION team believe strongly in supporting causes that are working towards making a change in the landscape of poverty in Canada, and we hope you will support us in raising money for this cause.
Located in the historic Sun Tower in Gastown, MacLaren McCann is the only fully-integrated, single-entity communications agency in Vancouver offering insightful local expertise spanning traditional creative and production services to media management, digital strategy/production, experiential and multi-cultural marketing. Operating in the city under the same ownership since 1977, MacLaren has the longest tenure of any major BC-based ad agency.
MacLaren McCann employees are passionate about contributing to the betterment of the local community. The office is proud to associate themselves with multiple not-for-profit clients, including the HR MacMillan Space Centre and Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society. Other local initiatives supported by MacLaren employees include Beauty Night, Dress For Success, EMBERS, NABS, CYBF, and Enactus.
Having spent his entire life in Vancouver, and the past decade in East Van near the DTES, Dave Goldie has developed many personal connections with people in need in his community, largely through his volunteering as a hockey coach. His energy and positivity is contagious, particularly when it comes to Vancouver. He believes in the city, and its people, and that it’s our responsibility to influence and affect change. While there are many important issues to get involved in, he considers basic human needs that we all too often take for granted to be at the forefront.
As a Business Development Manager for Flight Centre, Dave is passionate about building relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships. He’s also passionate about travel, believing it has provided many of the most amazing experiences of his life, including backpacking across Europe, as well as experiencing the local cultures of Mexico, Central America, and South America. A proud Vancouverite, Dave believes we live in the greatest city in the world, and is grateful to call it home.
When Mo Jessa walks into the room people smile and he smiles back. As President of Earls Kitchen + Bar, a 65 location restaurant group owned by the Fuller Family Group right here in Vancouver, there’s a reason he smiles. It’s because Mo is a great guy who decided early in his life to have a better life – and he shares his success with the people he works with every day. Mo wasn’t always the big man on campus, in fact 25 years ago he was low man on the pole – in restaurant speak, as a junior overnight prep cook while working his way through university. Someone saw the potential in him, told him to go back to school but come on back when he had that degree. Working summers became full time; promotions came along and in 1991, while working as a senior cook, Mo returned to school this time taking his Red Seal Certificate/Journeyman Chef papers. He went on to become a sous chef and eventually chef of various Earls’ restaurants in Alberta and in 1995 was transferred to BC as Regional Chef overseeing five locations. In 2000 Mo became Executive Chef of Earls Restaurants Ltd, taking over from then Chef, Chuck Currie.
In 2004, Mo was promoted to Vice President, Operations where he oversaw the companies’ growth in Canada and the US and in 2013 Mo was promoted to President of the company – 25 years after his start as a prep cook. Mo continues to work alongside Earls’ owner Stan Fuller to ensure Earls well-loved brand continues to deliver irresistible food and engaging experiences to all their guests, while overseeing current and new locations in Ontario, Miami, Boston and in the coming year Chicago and Washington, DC.
Jeff Boomer is a great guy who works for Earls Restaurants. He’s the numbers guy. We describe him that way because Chief Financial Officer is a bit of a mouthful. Though granted, he does kind of deserve that CFO title – after all he has a pretty impressive track record. His background includes investment banking with Credit Suisse in New York, marketing analysis for a subsidiary of Kraft Foods, corporate finance for the Jim Pattison Group, Canada’s third largest private company, and was CFO of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer team. Jeff, like the rest of the Earls team, is a fun, generous, giving guy with a big heart. He works day to day with Earls President, Mo Jessa to ensure Earls well-loved brand continues to deliver irresistible food and engaging experiences to all their guests, while overseeing 65 current locations in BC; Alberta; Manitoba; Saskatchewan; Ontario; Bellevue, Washington; Denver, Colorado; Miami, Florida and Boston, Mass – and in the coming year, Chicago, Ill and Washington, DC
Andy has served as Vice President, Community Investment at Vancity since September of 2010. Supported by a 30 person team, he is helping to lead the transition of a $6.3 billion commercial portfolio to loans and investments that have a positive social and environmental impact. He and the team have expanded lending and investing in affordable housing, local and organic food, renewable energy, the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors, and to First Nations communities and blended value businesses. The team also directs and manages approximately $10 million annually in strategic philanthropy to support this work.
Prior to this, he served as Executive Managing Director of GreenSpace Developments, a New York based investment fund created to finance nonprofit-owned and LEED-certified office and program facilities. Between 1996 and 2009, Andy worked first as head of development then as President (and CEO) of Housing Vermont, a company that develops and finances affordable housing. While there, he founded the Green Mountain Housing Equity Funds, raising over $150 million in private equity that was invested in some 2 million sq. ft. of real estate.
Toughened up by being an Oilers fan in Vancouver, Chris has learned to measure success by wins and losses in business, since celebrating Stanley Cups was always a dream too far.
A self-described luxury lush and traveler, Chris proudly remains a Scotch drinker, not a Scotch snob. A lifetime in sales and business has taught him to listen more than he speaks and the approach has clearly worked, taking him to the peak of his industry. He recently completed an accomplished ten year journey with Vancouver’s exclusive MINI, BMW, and Rolls-Royce retailer group to accept a new challenge.
From a key management position with The Dilawri Group of Companies, Canada’s largest automotive group, Chris has been asked to build a department within Porsche Centre Vancouver into an internationally recognized operation. While living in the DTES for nearly a decade, Chris kept the social issues at a distance, but the appeal of being part of a business-like think tank working on non-governmental solutions has drawn Chris into the discussion.
“Instead of focusing on broken processes, let’s offer solutions.” C.O.
Enviro-Tech Mechanical Services is Burnaby-based full service HVAC and Refrigeration Company. Utilizing the latest techniques and equipment, Enviro-Tech Mechanical is on the leading edge of the HVAC and Refrigeration industry. Founded in 1994 by Nick Kyrtsos and Peter Chountalos, Enviro-Tech started as a hospitality industry focused company and over the years has expanded into servicing a variety of commercial enterprises such as retail, property management and care homes to name a few. We offer Planned Maintenance as well as 24/7 “911” level service calls. With 25 Service Technicians on our team, we are able to provide solutions that give our customers confidence their systems will perform; and services that protect and extend their customers’ investment.
Andrea Spiegel is a wildly enthusiastic people manager, world traveler, and yoga teacher with a deep passion for helping young leaders find their voice and path.
As the Manager of the YYoga Kitsilano, South Granville and West Sixth in Vancouver, and passionate member of the YYoga teaching community since 2008, Andrea uses the practical teaching of yoga to not only inspire students in her yoga classes but also to manage her teams.
By combining her unique blend of humour with various management techniques and leadership development tools, Andrea helps people uncover their own latent potential in order to act more effectively, whether that be in a strong yoga class or on a customer service team.
Johnathon has decades of experience and involvement in the creative industries, generating positive results for the people and organizations he works with. As principal of his own design studio, a mentor, an educator, and an advocate for creativity, he is committed to encouraging growth as well as change in the creative and applied arts. Johnathon is a past president of CAPIC Vancouver, VP Business Practices CAPIC National, and is currently President of the vibrant GDC BC Executive. He is a founding committee member for Creative Mornings Vancouver and a contributor to local design institutions. As a Program Coordinator of three college design programs, Johnathon directly influenced the growth of young designers navigating the unique challenges of today’s design environment. A lifelong obsession for fine food and drink led him to co-create Gourmet vs Gourmand, a video based celebration of food culture. Johnathon is an old school punk rocker turned design professional. The mohawk may be gone but he still stands by its ethos: Create change through active engagement.
Dr. John Izzo provokes greatness in people and companies. He stretches leaders to dream even bigger through intentional leadership. His powerful stories strike a chord with some of the best companies in the world because his concepts apply to “the head and the heart” of individual and collective change. John drives home the importance of people’s roles in a company with hard hitting facts from research studies and practical ideas grounded in the “how”.
A bestselling author of six books, John’s books include the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift and The Five Secrets You must Discover Before You Die. His most recent book titled Stepping Up, shows the power of personal responsibility in life, work and society.
Over the last twenty years he spoken to over one million people, taught at two major universities, advised over 500 organizations and is frequently featured in the media by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and INC Magazine.
He has advised some of the best companies in the world including DuPont, TELUS, McDonald’s, Tim Horton’s, Westjet, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic.
John is as a pioneer in the Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability movements and is a Distinguished Fellow at the East West Institute–a non partisan think tank working on international security issues including food, water and energy security.
Save On Meats is dedicated to being a strong community partner, and a supportive neighbour to those who reside in the Downtown Eastside. Save On Meats takes pride in being a socially responsible enterprise acting as an inclusive establishment, catering to the diverse needs of the community in which it is located.
Save On Meats aims to be a reliable neighbour in the DTES. In addition to our charitable and non-profit partnerships, our goal is to be a business that strives to meet the needs of all the neighbourhood’s residents. Our diner offers quick affordable meals in a fun and relaxing atmosphere, this makes it a popular location for a diverse range of patrons. Our sandwich window serves up quick inexpensive food to those who work, wander and all too often live on these streets. We aim to be an inclusive establishment, serving all of the residents of this neighbourhood with the same sense of respect and appreciation for their business.
Sophie Lui sets her alarm for 2:30 a.m. – as co-host of the Global BC Morning News.
Her favourite part of the job is the opportunity to learn something new everyday.
She loves that she has an occupational excuse to call just about anybody to ask just about any question.
Sophie was born and raised in the Lower Mainland and has been a news junkie for as long as she can remember. She attended BCIT and graduated from the Broadcast Radio program. From there, she worked at several news radio stations like CKNW, CKIQ-Kelowna, and CFAX-Victoria – before turning toward television news at CHEK TV in Victoria. She has been with the Global BC family for several years and co-hosts the Morning News alongside Steve Darling.
Sophie’s hobbies include travelling, listening to music, reading, and procrastinating.
Join brand.LIVE in the fight against hunger.
Each day, for the next five days (December 17th-21st), a pair of tickets to the 2015 Squamish Valley Music Festival will be given to one lucky contestant. How to enter? Each donation of $25 will enter you into a chance to win these tickets.
brand.LIVE is a leading event production and creative agency, based in Vancouver, Canada delivering award-winning work for a diverse portfolio of local, national, and international clients. We know the best solutions often come from the most unlikely places, so we bring together a diverse team and an extensive list of in house services with a curatorial approach to each event we produce. Combine our maverick soul, a giant whiteboard and our love of a good idea – and you have the brand.LIVE recipe for success. We want to give back to our community and are committed to raising money for this very important campaign. We challenge all other businesses to get together and do the same!
Jody Vance is a born and raised Vancouverite – who takes both homelessness and hunger in her hometown to heart. The daughter of a hard-working single mother of two, Vance understands what it means to struggle to make ends meet. Very humble beginnings see Jody teaching her son empathy for others and appreciation for how fortunate he is to have not only a wonderful place to live, but food on his plate.
Currently the News Anchor and Host of Breakfast Television on City, Jody is a mother to one young boy. In 2000 Jody moved away to Toronto where she earned the landmark of being the first woman in the history of Canadian television to host her own sports show in primetime, while working for Sportsnet doing the Suppertime edition of Sportscentral/Sportsnet News. After spending nine years in Toronto, Jody returned home to Vancouver to stay.
It’s vitally important to both Jody and her son to actively help those who walk the line between poverty and prosperity – as well as those who have fallen to the depths of hunger and homelessness. Making change by leading is her boy Brady’s life goal.
Marissa is a passionate and highly driven leader. With over 11 years of experience in the field of finance, she is the co-founding partner of Capital Core Financial, Inc. Marissa has always been driven by a strong desire to understand and help people. She built her team at Capital Core Financial with the mission of helping people approach financial planning from a more holistic perspective and teaching them to implement creative tax efficient strategies. She actively seeks out individuals with philanthropic endeavours as she has a goal for the company to redirect one billion dollars from the CRA towards charity. Her educational background includes a degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from Western University with a minor in Psychology. When Marissa is not hard at work, she is pursuing her passion for adventure. She has been involved in community projects with the purpose of getting youth off the streets in the Vancouver Eastside. Although she can often be found exploring nature and running the trails, she resides and rests in her home in downtown Vancouver.
Jay Michael DeMerit (born December 4, 1979 in Green Bay, Wisconsin) is a former American soccer player who last played for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer. His improbable career is the subject of the independent film, Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story, based on his rise from the ninth tier of football in England to the Premier League and FIFA World Cup.
In 2003 with a mere $1,800, in his pocket, Jay headed for England, in an attempt to find a professional football club to play for. He started off playing in the Ninth Tier of English Football League for Southall F.C., earning £40 a week. In July 2004, DeMerit joined Northwood F.C., a Seventh Tier side, to play in some of their pre-season matches. Northwood played Watford F.C., then a Football League Championship team, in their second pre-season match. During the course of the match, DeMerit impressed Watford manager Ray Lewington enough to earn a two-week trial. Following the trial, DeMerit signed a one-year contract with Watford to play in their 2004-05 season.
On May 21, 2006, in the Play-Off Final against Leeds United F.C, DeMerit headed in the game’s first goal and was named Man of the Match as Watford F.C. earned promotion to the English Premier League by defeating Leeds United 3-0.
On November 18, 2010, DeMerit was announced as the first player signed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC in preparation for their entry into Major League Soccer in 2011. He was also named the captain right before the season started. In 2012, DeMerit led the team to a decent finish and was even named an MLS All-Star and played against Chelsea in the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. The MLS All-Stars won 3-2 against Chelsea.
In July 2014, DeMerit announced his retirement after a series of injuries. Jay now serves as Ambassador for Whitecaps F.C., while pursuing a number of business and entrepreneurial ventures such as his technology company Songwhale or recently using his product design degree to start his new company Portmanteau Stereo Co. Making one-of-a-kind boomboxes out of suitcases. Jay also does numerous speaking engagements for schools and corporate events, most recently having completed the filming of his first TED Talk Video.
Mark Busse is a design professional, creative community activist, and lifelong food fanatic.
Mark Busse is co-founder and managing director of Vancouver-based design and marketing consultancy Industrial Brand, where for two nearly two decades he has helped clients achieve distinctive market position and realize their brand and marketing potential through research-based strategy and communication design.
A CGD™ Certified Graphic Designer, Busse is a Fellow and serves as a VP and Past President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and a design educator, advisor, mentor for design programs at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, Langara College and others. A graduate of TWU’s School of Business and UBC’s Visual Arts Program, Busse has over two decades of design and creative management experience.
Busse invests in the creative community by producing and hosting events such as Likemind Vancouver, Interesting Vancouver, and CreativeMornings/Vancouver as well as a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences. He is a writer for Design Edge Magazine and Canadian Architect Magazine, an advisory board member for Vancouver is Awesome, and a regular guest commentator on Unfiltered.
Busse is also the co-founder of the popular food collective Foodists.ca, where he and dozens of like-minded food worshippers explore the world, its cultures and cuisines with their mouths, capturing their adventures in words, pictures and video to share.
Busse lives in East Vancouver with his beautiful wife Andrea and anxious little dog Pepper.
Preet Banerjee is the host of the television show “Million Dollar Neighbourhood” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (started in the show’s second season), a personal finance expert, and winner of the reality TV series “The Ultimate W Expert Challenge,” Which aired on the W Network in Canada during the summer of 2009. He was subsequently named a W Network Money Expert. In addition to writing a personal finance column for “The Globe and Mail,” Preet is also author of the Canadian personal finance blog WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com (Voted Canada’s #1 Investment Blog in 2010 by readers of the Globe and Mail). In 2012, he launched a personal finance podcast, which currently ranks as one of the most popular financial podcasts on iTunes.
Natalie is a relationship builder, change agent and educator. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, she is committed to social justice, individual wellness and community safety. After working in 6 federal prisons in Ontario, Natalie became a passionate advocate and consultant for prison and justice policy reform. When she’s not hustling, Nat can be found running the seawall, eating something delicious or singing along to hip-hop. She believes that the power of positive change starts with a conversation.
Aliya Jessa is a dedicated student in grade 12, with an A average with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Aliya is Prefect of Service at her school and she is a champion for the LGBTQIA community and cofounded an LGBT club at her school.
She is an Assistant Director at Arts Umbrella, volunteers with Carousel Theatre and Bard on the Beach. Aliya recently received her Associate Trinity College London Speech and Drama certificate.
Industrial Light & Magic’s Hanna Price has built her human resources career in service of others. She is passionate about community, collaboration and putting heart into everything she does. Through her decade in the visual effects industry in London and Vancouver, Hanna has worked to provide tailored, individual solutions within the larger framework of a fast-paced film production environment. Her drive to foster great culture, and continuously enhance the experience of those she serves, is what sets her apart.
Hanna’s years of playing competitive rugby instilled values that transfer into the workplace and community involvement. Teamwork and communication are paramount in her approach to anticipating and meeting challenges head on. Naturally curious and always learning, Hanna actively seeks opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge, and her enthusiasm is infectious.
Hanna is participating in Being Hungry Sucks because she believes in better for her community. She is honoured to have the opportunity to join this initiative and contribute so directly towards improving the lives of her neighbours.
Do or do not – there is no try.
Mark Brand’s life as an entrepreneur began in the summer of 2007 with the opening of his first venture, Boneta Restaurant, at 1 West Cordova. Over the course of the next 3 years, the inaugural Vancouver ‘Bartender of the Year’ would establish several other popular local businesses, including Sharks + Hammers, The Diamond, and Seamonstr Sushi. But all of these projects proved mere training grounds, when in July 2010 Mark signed his life away and assumed control of the historic Save On Meats Butcher Shop / Grocery & Seafood. Working in close collaboration with various community programs and initiatives, Mark and his team are harnessing compassion in their pursuit of new approaches to tackle important societal issues like barrier employment and food security straight from the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.
Brook Pooni Associates (BPA) is a family-owned, Vancouver-based real estate development company on the forefront of urban planning and land development in Western Canada. With over 25 years of experience completing residential, commercial, and real estate projects in 30 municipalities across North America in both the public and private sectors, BPA has guided over 600 ventures to completion since its inception.
We define success as accomplishing our clients’ real estate interests with a deep respect for how those goals fit the context of the community. By infusing our approach to project management with an emphasis on exceptional community and government relationships and complex negotiation skills, BPA strives to create win-win development outcomes that drive positive change in the community.
Ashley Wray is the CEO and founder of Mala Collective. The Vancouver-based company works to bring meditation and mindfulness to a new generation. They do this through educational videos, workshops, and fair trade products that have been created with artisans in the developing world. In three years the brand has built an international following — from London to California, to the corners of Australia and Estonia. With the goals of making meditation more accessible, Ashley has spoken at numerous events in Vancouver, including working with young girls about self worth and self doubt, to leading workshops for entrepreneurs on bringing mindfulness into everyday life. An award winning journalist, and PR and marketing specialist with experience in international development, Ashley’s hobbies include travelling and yoga.
For almost 60 years, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar has stood the test of time, renowned as Canada’s most trusted, premier steakhouse. Hy Aisenstat founded Hy’s in 1955 and is now owned and operated by his son, Neil Aisenstat. As president of Hy’s of Canada, Neil has nurtured a truly national brand, operating 6 locations across the country including Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar in Vancouver.
Neil was born in Calgary and raised in Vancouver. He eventually went to the University of Colorado then on to Queens University. After working in the corporate finance sector for many years, Neil naturally gravitated to the hospitality industry working for Keg Restaurants and then running the food and beverage program for Whistler Mountain. In 2011, Neil became president of Hy’s of Canada and has sustained the name Hy’s that is synonymous with family, tradition and service. Today, the modern concept of Hy’s has been refined rather than altered and continues to reflect pride in the foundation on which it was built. Hy’s has consistently remained true to its origins, offering an inviting atmosphere, unforgettable service and perfectly grilled Prime Grade steaks.
Ashleigh DeMerit, formerly Ashleigh McIvor, was the first Olympic Champion in the sport of skicross as it made it’s Olympic debut in 2010. Already a World Champion and X Games medallist, and with 11 World Cup podiums to her name, Ashleigh made the decision to retire from competitive skiing shortly thereafter to focus on free-skiing, the speaking tour, and the other projects she and her husband Jay DeMerit have on the go.
A born and raised Whistler girl, contributing to a healthy community has always been very important to Ashleigh. Whether it’s inspiring youth to be physically active or volunteering with local initiatives through organizations like the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Ashleigh is always up for the challenge and continues to make time to give back.
Clio is the founder and President of Booje Media, a Vancouver boutique digital media agency. She founded her business four years ago, just as online advertising was gaining popularity as a marketing form for businesses, and has since helped usher her clients into the digital marketing era. Clio’s vision for Booje Media has always been to offer her clients innovative ways on how to build an integrated online presence, and has handpicked her team for their technical, creative and diverse proficiencies.
Clio is a big supporter of her community and not only enjoys connecting people, but also helping local charities and organizations as much as possible. Clio sits on various committees such as ‘An Evening to Conquer Oral Cancer’, Vancouver’s Opera ‘The Young Patron’s Circle’ and ‘Pink Shirt Day Luncheon’.
Staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle is also very important to Clio. You can find her teaching a spin class at Eastwood Cycle on Tuesdays in Gastown.