Pet Bakery

Thunder Bay – Community Living Thunder Bay celebrated on Wednesday morning as they announced the contest to “Name the Pet Bakery”.  They were also excited to share some exciting news, thanks to a two year, $69,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).  The grant will help as the new bakery moves forward to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities a place to develop employment skills.  Larry Joy, representing MPP Michael Gravelle and MPP Bill Mauro joined the group to congratulate them on the good news.

Preliminary market research study conducted by students at Lakehead University determined a ready market for pet bakery items as currently there is no commercial pet bakery in Thunder Bay.  The Pet Bakery will be more of a “social enterprise” – motivated by social and public good rather than profit and revenue, enabling the organization to accomplish its mandate of empowering individuals to reach their full potential by obtaining the necessary transferable skills.

The OTF grant will be used towards the start up costs to renovate a portion of the Monty Parks Centre and equip a commercial type kitchen as well as contribute to some program expenses such as promotion and advertising, training stipends and supplies.

Also much appreciated and acknowledged at this event was the generous donation of $13,000 from the John Andrews Foundation, for the purchase of a commercial dishwasher and convection oven for use at the pet bakery.  “We wish them every success in undertaking this initiative,” said Alexander Paterson, President of the John Andrews Foundation

“The Pet Bakery is one way we are looking for ways to find meaningful employment opportunities in our community,” stated Anita Broere, Director of Day Services for Community Living Thunder Bay.  “Our role in the bakery is to provide new and exciting work opportunities for the people we support in order that they are more included and celebrated for their strengths and talents and their contributions to our community.”

Since 1954, Community Living Thunder Bay (CLTB) has been working towards its goal that ALL people live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively.  CLTB provides support for approximately 400 individuals and their families, through a variety of programs and services such as community supports, supportive living, supported employment, vacation and leisure programs, small jobs service, care, and human rights committee.  At present the organization operates two small businesses through the Monty Parks Centre, which employ a total of 36 people, as a means to provide employment to people with intellectual disabilities. 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, receives funds from the government’s charity casino initiative. The Foundation allocates grants to eligible charitable and not-for-profit organizations in the arts and culture, environment, human and social services and sports and recreation sectors. For more information, please visit The Ontario Trillium Foundation webpage.

Photos from the event

L-R: Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay – Atikokan; Ken Pickard, Executive Director, CLTB; Rick Piccinin, President, Board of Directors, CLTB; and Alexander Patterson, President of the John Andrews Foundation.

L-R: Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay – Atikokan, Ken Pickard, Executive Director, CLTB; Anita Broere, Director of Day Services, CLTB; and Jamus Dorey, Inclusive Community Services Coordinator and Manager of Business and Operations, Monty Parks Centre.

L-R: Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay – Atikokan; Ken Pickard, Executive Director, CLTB; Rick Piccinin, President, Board of Directors, CLTB; and Alexander Patterson, President of the John Andrews Foundation.