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Sweet smiles

Region management serves pancakes to William Whyte school kids

A William Whyte Community School student is served by region staff Catherine Tolton (from left), Arlene Wilgosh, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region and Francis LaBossiere, president of the Victoria General Hospital Foundation.
A William Whyte Community School student is served by region staff Catherine Tolton (from left), Arlene Wilgosh, president and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region and Francis LaBossiere, president of the Victoria General Hospital Foundation.

BY SUSIE STRACHAN
Winnipeg Health Region
Published Monday December 19, 2011

It didn't take the Grade two students at William Whyte Community School to eat their pancakes this morning, before turning their attention to the cups of maple syrup on their table. After that, things got rather, well, sticky from ear to ear.

But sticky smiles are sweet smiles, said school Principal Debbie Beech-Ducharme, because kids who eat a good breakfast do better in school. "It's a holiday treat for all the kids," she added.

Dressed in red and white Santa hats, Winnipeg Health Region's Senior Management Team cooked and served pancakes, sausages and oranges to 250 Nursery to Grade 8 students. The kids munched their breakfast in four sittings, keeping the Region's team hopping like Santa's elves.

Lori Lamont, Vice-President of Nursing with Winnipeg Health Region, flips pancakes for the breakfast.

William Whyte Community School students enjoying the pancake breakfast.

The school is sponsored by the Winnipeg Health Region, which provides volunteers and funding directed to the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council to support special school activities, healthy snacks and food.

This is part of a three-year partnership between William Whyte School and the Winnipeg Health Region. This "business-education" partnership will see the health region support the school financially and encourage region staff to volunteer at the school.

The health region's staff will return to the school on Dec. 21 to serve a turkey lunch with all the trimmings to the students.

William Whyte is located at the corner of Manitoba and Powers streets in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. There are 300 students in the school with around 90 per cent of aboriginal descent, and the other 10 per cent made up of recent immigrants to Canada, from countries such as Philippines and Pakistan.

The school's aim is to involve as many adult volunteers in their programming as possible, providing both role models for the children, and also a sense of security.


More of the school's students at the breakfast.

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