On Monday, December 19, 2006 the old adage "food for thought" was brought forth as over 200 participants from the Canucks Family Education Centre (CFEC) enjoyed an extravagant holiday meal at General Motors Place.
In celebration of their dedication to family learning and literacy, families from CFEC were greeted by Santa Fin and treated to a traditional Christmas meal, complete with a myriad of salads, turkey and all the fixins', roast beef , pastas, and gorgeous desserts.
Canucks wives, Lotta Naslund, Andrea Kesler, and Nancy Roy (Alex Burrows' girlfriend) volunteered their time and suited up in custom-Canucks for Kids Fund aprons and to help serve the meal to these truly deserving families. In most cases, this meal will be the only traditional Christmas dinner they will receive over this holiday season.
The children were entertained by the singing and puppetry of child outreach librarian, Darcy, and were provided with a small Christmas present on their way home, courtesy of the Canucks. Aramark very generously donated all the cooks and servers, and most importantly, provided all of the amazing food at absolutely no cost.
The mandate of the Canucks Family Education Centre is to positively impact low literacy levels on Vancouver's east side by providing a co-coordinated and comprehensive approach to family literacy and lifelong learning. Both young students and their parents are involved, making it a truly unique and rewarding learning experience for the entire family. Nearly 1,000 participants, ages 3 - 80 years old, attend a variety of CFEC programming each year.