Base serves up pancake breakfast for United Way

by Vance Gutzman

Garrison Petawawa continues its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community.

That tradition was on display in a tasty way bright and early Friday morning when, as part of the National Workplace Charitable Campaign, Garrison Petawawa held a pancake breakfast in support of the Renfrew County United Way campaign.

Held at Normandy Court, the $8 a plate fundraiser saw pancakes and sausages served up to by none other than Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe and other officials, such as 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Commander, Colonel Jason Adaire.

The breakfast was one of many fundraising events Garrison Petawawa has and will be be serving up, as it hopes to raise a total of $75,000 this year.

Earlier in the week, for example, the 4th Canadian Division Support Group and the Real Properties Operations Unit played host to a chili cook-off, also in support of the United Way campaign.

“The big activities are just starting now,” Colonel Lapointe said during a break from his food-serving duties.

Also on hand at the pancake breakfast, and pleased to be there, were representatives from the United Way, including Doug Tennant and Pat Lafreniere, its executive director.

“It’s always one of our larger workplace campaigns,” Lafreniere said of Garrison Petawawa’s fund-raising efforts on behalf of the United Way.

This year’s United Way campaign is unique in the sense that, unlike in past years, it doesn’t have a monetary goal.

Instead, the Renfrew County United Way is hoping to raise enough money to help more people than it did last year, when more than 5,100 people, through a number of agencies, including North Renfrew Family Services, were aided by the campaign’s largesse.

“What we want to increase is the number of lives we’re changing,” Lafreniere said.

“We know there’s a lot more people out there whose lives need to be changed.”

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