It’s a Must Have – H.A.V.E

It’s of common knowledge that Team Daily is a food loving bunch. Food forms the focal point of all our discussions, meetings and talks. Apart from food, community is what we feel strongly about. Of course, loving food and caring for the community are the two traits that all our partners share, too. The partner that we are talking about today is so passionate about food that they even teach how to whip up delicacies. Yes, they are a Culinary Training Society. And, a Not-for-profit one at that. With the community at heart, they are also a registered charity. Yes, we are talking about H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society today.  We recently got in touch with Adriane from HAVE to learn more about them and to bring you their story to you.

HAVE is acronym for Hope Action Values Ethics. Given that HAVE is a registered charity and not-for-profit culinary training society seeking to empower individuals to break away from the cycle of poverty, their name is very fitting.

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Since their inception in 2007, they have been working closely to help individuals, particularly from the DTES and Strathcona areas, who face barriers to employment. It is through their eight week long culinary training program that they equip these individuals with skills that enable them to get into the workforce.

HAVE also operates a Cafe and Catering Social enterprise that gives their students on-the-job training while aiding HAVE in funding their programs.
HAVE’s day to day operations are managed by Executive Director Amber Anderson. She is a Culinary Chef de Cuisine (CCC) and Chef Instructor at HAVE, too.

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She is supported by Glenda Phillips, Professional Cook 1 and HAVE graduate.
HAVE’s close knit team also includes Café Manager Robert Jamieson, Student Counselor and Employment Coach Celena Arthur and Executive Assistant Adriane King.

With three well-equipped kitchens and a restaurant, HAVE is in the forefront of culinary training as well as helping the fraternity.Their premises is rented from the Lookout Emergency Aid Society. The kitchens are HAVE’s training facility. It is in the kitchens that their students prepare the meals which then go on to being served at their restaurant, to catering customers and for contract shelter meals.

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While Adriane was talking about the students preparing the food, we had to know what’s the dish that the students enjoy making. She replied saying that the students really enjoy making their daily Pizza special. “Being one of the most popular items, it usually sells out and when it does, students can often be seen high-fiving each other!”, she added.

When we quizzed her on what is something that troubles the students, she replied with measurements. Elaborating on it she said, “being one of the more technical skills, students initially have tough time dealing with accurate weights and measures”.

Think about it, measuring everything to the correct weight does sound tedious. However, the students at HAVE take little time in familiarizing themselves with it. Not only they get accustomed to it, they get onto making delicious concoctions and mouth watering dishes.

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Being foodies, we had to talk more about food and of course, we had to ask Adriane about her personal favorite from HAVE. Yes, her favorite sounded like we should try it soon (which we will, of course!). She said Montreal Smoked Beef and Swiss Cheese on Marbled Rye Sandwich and their homemade Tomato Soup. Yum!

Elaborating more on food, Adriane talked about how HAVE caters 7 dinners a week for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. A great initiative and we feel proud to have partnered with an entity like HAVE. Other than this, their contract catering orders go to various businesses and organizations across the city.  For your next office lunch, you know whom to contact, right?

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Adriane told us that their sandwich, fruit and cookie platters are very popular for meetings and training sessions. Now you know what to order, correct? Well, we do. They are also in the process of updating their catering menu, so expect to see some yummy additions soon.

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Adriane talked about her HAVE family with joy. We had to question her about her most memorable time at HAVE. It was then that she spoke about their last year’s Christmas celebrations. Adriane said, “We are lucky to work with a leader like Amber whose dedication, passion and energy does not stop uplifting and inspiring students and staff. If I had to pick one memorable day, I would have to say our Christmas celebration in 2015. We had our current students, past students and members of the community all come together with staff and our Board of Directors to celebrate.  Ian Tostenson, President of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservice Association and a board member of HAVE, dressed up like Santa Claus Santa and gave each student a gift bag containing non-perishables, socks, shampoo/conditioner, grocery store gift certificates, White Spot gift certificates and other goodies. We had a delicious meal served by Chef Amber. Many of our students do not have family or other supports so at HAVE, we are all a big family. Celebrating Christmas with my HAVE family was really a memorable experience”.

HAVE truly reflects the values of caring and sharing. With partners like HAVE, we are motivated to work every day to be better and help others.
On this note, see you all very soon with another partner story.

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It’s Investment Time for Team Daily with FrontFundr

If you have been following us from the past few months, you would know that Team Daily has been busy.

From closing some great accounts and starting new partnerships to working on our launch in other cities, we have been juggling multiple difficult tasks. This is very typical of the startup lifestyle and Team Daily thrives under that pressure.

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Even while balancing several tasks, a successful startup always has funding on their mind.

Meeting with different investors, pitching at countless events, and talking to numerous angel investors are the most common activities that startups think of when someone mentions funding.

How about equity crowdfunding? Equity crowdfunding is where a startup opens up their opportunity to the crowd allowing their customers and those closest to them to invest. Feeling a little skeptical?

Being in a business based on crowdsourcing resources, we were confident of this model. As our customers, you are so important to us that we want you to become investors and owners in our company. Without you, Daily wouldn’t exist, so we wanted to give you the opportunity to share in the benefits of ownership.

However, like every one of you, we also had questions. All of our questions were answered by the FrontFundr team in a way that made it simple for us to understand the process.

Now we are on their Pitch Place. So, you can invest in Team Daily just like Dragon Michelle Romanow did.
Who qualifies to invest? Everyone.
Is there a minimum amount to invest? Yes. It’s just $500 for shares in our company.

How to get started? Click on the link below for the details and become a member of the Bowtie Squad!

https://www.frontfundr.com/Entrepreneur/Company/1110

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Speaking of FrontFundr, they are doing a great job in bringing startups and investors in one place through their Fintech(financial technology) model.

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And, if you are still not convinced with this model of financing, in their first year of business, they have helped three local startups raise the funds they needed to grow.

Isn’t technology making everything easier? Get clicking to invest or seek investment.

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Risk Warning
Please be aware. Investments of this nature carry risks to your capital as well as potential returns. Please read our Disclaimer before deciding to invest. We also recommend to go to Investright, a program of the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC).