Breakfast at Costco

Costco Wholesale on St. James serves up breakfast for employees’ United Way kickoff.

Costco Wholesale on St. James Street held their campaign kickoff on Friday with a breakfast feast and inspiring words for about 100 employees gathered in their food concourse.

Flanking a United Way banner, from left, was Costco general manager Jerry Millar, 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd, Sponsored Executive Kevin Haywood, Costco's Employee Campaign Chair Lee Deighton, and assistant general manager Donald Selver.

Flanking a United Way banner, from left, was Costco general manager Jerry Millar, 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd, Sponsored Executive Kevin Haywood, Costco’s Employee Campaign Chair Lee Deighton, and assistant general manager Donald Selver.

Some of those inspiring words came from a special guest – United Way’s 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd.

“A child who needs a mentor and role model, or a safe place to go when they’re not in school…or a Winnipegger coping with trauma, disability or sudden loss – you can make it possible for people and families to get the help they need when they need it most.”

Kelvin praised Costco for a high standard of community commitment in Winnipeg and across Canada.

Kevin Haywood, United Way Sponsored Executive for Costco, said he delivered several United Way videos to Costco that they will be showing on a loop in their lunchroom.

One of them is the 2015 Campaign video in which United Way CEO Connie Walker visits a family resource centre to show how it’s helping kids enter school ready to learn with a breakfast program and ‘walking school bus.’

Kevin spoke about how Society for Manitobans with Disabilities – a United Way partner agency – helped him after a 2002 accident resulted in a below-knee amputation.

Kevin went on to be a Paralympic track champion for Canada in 2006-07.

Kelvin Shepherd talks to Costco employees about how their generosity makes Winnipeg better.

Kelvin Shepherd talks to Costco employees about how their generosity makes Winnipeg better.

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