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Wilfrid Laurier University Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing
October 26, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Cec Joyal, Staff

When Laurier development officer Cec Joyal rolled up the rim of her Tim Horton’s coffee cup four years ago, she saw much more than a free donut. She saw the region’s homeless enjoying a coffee and a muffin, a warm place to sit and the dignity of ordering a meal for themselves.

Joyal has volunteered with St. Louis Church’s Out of the Cold program since its inception in Kitchener-Waterloo a decade ago. She began collecting winning rims during the coffee chain’s annual promotion, and distributing them to the homeless and working poor as they left the church after a meal and an overnight stay.

Since she began collecting the tabs, Joyal has helped hundreds of needy people in the region.

“It’s an easy thing for people to do. I tell everyone I know,” says Joyal. “Now I’ve got little Grade 1 children bringing my sister tabs at the Toronto school where she teaches — they’re so proud to help.”