2022 People’s Choice for Community Impact Award

Sponsored by MRSB, this award recognizes a business that has earned an engaged and loyal following and support from the community.

4s catering

4S Catering has been serving authentic homemade Indian and Western food to Islanders for over a decade. They provide their speciality dishes at the Charlottetown Farmers Market and offer catering services for events, weddings, and more. Their purpose is to spread love in the community through food.

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Not only do they wish to share their culture, promote diversity and authentic cuisines, 4S Catering wishes to help those in need. The business has been involved in a number of community events like DiverseCity and Farm Day in the City and regularly partners with various ethnocultural organizations, non-profits, and charities like the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to better serve the community and promote the wellbeing of others.

For instance, 4S Catering prepares 80 to 100 meals each month for events in partnership with 4 Love 4 Care, a non-profit organization that assists vulnerable and disadvantaged community members through food, health, and transportation. Through the service of a 7-course meal, 4S Catering helped raise over $3,000 for the 4 Love 4 Care Year-End Celebration in 2018, and $4,000 in 2019. Their efforts in the 2018 fundraiser also helped provide a vehicle for an in-need family of five and groceries for a single mother with a young child. On Christmas Day in 2020, the business helped prepare over 300 dinners for those in need.

One of their most recent projects has been the launch of PEI’s first community fridge. The PEI Community Fridge provides 24/7 access to a communal fridge, freezer, and pantry full of nutritious food for those in need. This initiative allows individuals to take what they need and encourages them to give what they can. In the first week of operation, the initiative provided over 150 individually packed meals and has continued to be a helpful resource for those experiencing food insecurity in the area.

4S Catering Co-Owners Sunil and Sheena spend countless hours preparing meals, picking up groceries, and delivering food in Charlottetown and across PEI, and are passionate about helping others and serving their community.

Stewart travel group

Stewart Travel Group is a travel agency in Charlottetown that focuses on premium travel services and provides group tours to worldwide locations. Since the beginning, Stewart Travel Group has always given back to the community.

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During the pandemic, Stewart Travel Group raised funds to donate tablets to Hospice PEI so that their clients could connect with family and friends while in care. Wanting to do more, the business began working with Hospice PEI and The Culinary Institute of Canada on a special fundraiser in June of 2021. Tastes of Travel was an evening featuring entertainment by Irish Mythen and an eight-course meal with dishes from various destinations around the world that Stewart Travel Group will visit in 2022. The event raised over $13,000 for Hospice PEI, even with limited capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Over the years, Stewart Travel Group has also partnered with other local charities, like Stars For Life, and the Confederation Youth Choir to raise funds for their activities. This fall, Stewart Travel Group will host a Danube River cruise featuring Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo) and will have a special fundraiser dinner on board to raise money for Stars For Life.

Despite the challenges Stewart Travel Group has faced because of the pandemic, the company still managed to maintain its presence within the community, actively connecting with current and future clients online through their social media. They have used this platform to inform, educate, and inspire hope in these times of uncertainty.

Stewart Travel Group has maintained a positive outlook through it all and plans to continue engaging with the community of Charlottetown with fundraisers, travel information events, and participation in other community fundraisers.

tremploy

Tremploy is a non-profit organization that supports adults with intellectual disabilities by facilitating meaningful work opportunities and helping them reach their full potential. Tremploy provides innovative, stimulating, and challenging programming that offers training opportunities to enhance the full development of abilities and facilitate progress towards each Client’s optimum functioning level.

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Each year, Tremploy assists over 50 individuals with supportive employment and another 75 in their daily programming that include skills training as well as social and life skills programming.

Tremploy is currently working with a variety of strategic partners to enhance their impact on the community they support. They recently partnered with Holland College’s Canada’s Smartest Kitchen staff and the PEI Association for Community Living for an NSERC-funded project that seeks to improve access to healthy eating. Tremploy also frequently works with employers who are seeking to hire individuals with intellectual disabilities to assist with recruitment, training, and other supports.

Recently, Tremploy, along with the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island announced funding for a new facility to address both current and future needs of adults with intellectual disabilities. This will allow them to maintain their current programs and services and also gives Tremploy the opportunity and space to innovate and expand with future needs in the community.

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