Societal Impact: Mealshare
Jeremy Bryant and Andrew Hall founded Mealshare, a one of a kind, social enterprise with a collaborative “buy one, give one” program that brings Canadians together to help end youth hunger — simply, by dining out. Mealshare partners with restaurants and places their logo next to select menu items that, when purchased, provide one simple, healthy meal to a youth in need. For each Mealshare item sold, restaurants contribute funding to Mealshare who then forwards most of those funds to one of their partner charities to purchase groceries and ingredients needed for a meal. To date, Mealshare has shared over four million meals and works with over 1200 restaurants across Canada. While COVID-19 brought on unique challenges — including restrictions and restaurant closures that impacted partners — the team persevered with grit and determination to find new channels, program offerings and partnerships that allowed them to continue sharing meals and supporting local children.
Human Impact: Aomega Group Inc.
Margaret Adu founded Aomega Group Inc., a 24/7 supported living facility, that provides a unique accommodation experience designed to enable residents to expand their interests, fulfil social, physical and intellectual needs and live a more full and independent lifestyle — all in a home-like setting. Margaret immigrated from Ghana to Canada in 1993 with a master’s degree in architecture and was keen to continue building her career in the industry. Unfortunately, she was met with closed doors and a lack of opportunity. Margaret’s passion for people and desire to care for others led her to carve out her own path: a career in healthcare. And uniquely, her architectural background helped to differentiate her offering, where she could not only provide the best care, but also design the best homes. Margaret is a purpose-driven leader, who — literally — puts people at the heart of her work. She’s a true trailblazer, actively seeking to create opportunities for others and championing them to achieve the unthinkable.
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