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Cumberland County United Way honours its community partners

Kim and Doug Costin of Tim Hortons’ four Amherst stores accepts an award from United Way of Cumberland president Dave March.
Kim and Doug Costin of Tim Hortons’ four Amherst stores accepts an award from United Way of Cumberland president Dave March. - Darrell Cole

Tim Hortons SMILE cookie campaign raises $11,153 in 2019

AMHERST, N.S. —

The reach of the United Way in Cumberland County can be counted in cookie dough and candy.

For the 17th consecutive year Tim Hortons four Amherst locations have sold SMILE cookies in support of the United Way and once again it has set a record for how much it raised.

The 2019 cookie campaign saw 11,153 cookies sold at a dollar apiece while there was also about $80 in cash donations from Tim Hortons customers who didn’t want to buy a cookie but wanted to donate.

“We have the best customers and the best staff,” owner and franchisee Doug Costin said. “Last year we set a record with $7,938 and this year we exceeded that. That’s a lot of cookies in a week.”

Tim Hortons as a corporation supports the SMILE cookie across its stores. In other locations, other charities are supported, but in Amherst it’s the United Way of Cumberland because Costin said it impacts so many people across the county and its programs are free for participants.

“We know many of our customers use United Way programs and services and we know that some of our employees do as well,” Costin said. “You can see how the United Way’s programs are making a huge difference in the community.”

Costin and his wife, Kim, have operated Tim Hortons in Amherst for 34 years and from one location on South Albion Street they’ve expanded to a new store on South Albion, one in the Amherst Centre mall, a downtown store and one at the West Amherst Esso.

Costin was recognized on Oct. 9 as the United Way of Cumberland hosted its first awards ceremony in more than a decade at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre.

Emmerson Packaging was recognized with an award for an employer of 100 or more.

United Way president Dave March said Emmerson Packaging’s contribution represents six per cent of the $130,000 goal.

“President Stephen Emmerson realizes the importance of supporting the community and has set the bar very high for other organizations to do the same,” March said. “He has shown his employees the importance of being involved in community organizations and his loyal employees have followed his example.”

Waldale Manufacturing was honoured as a leader of the way for companies with 50 to 99 employees.

Along with Emmerson Packaging, Waldale Manufacturing’s employees support the United Way through payroll deduction while Compass Minerals Canada Corp., located on the Smith Road in Upper Nappan, was honoured as a leader of the way for companies up to 49 employees.

Compass Minerals has 47 employees and a 72 per cent employee participation rate. The company also matches its employees’ donations.

Indigenous Services Canada was recognized as the federal government leader. In 2018, it set a goal of $20,000 for the United Way. It raised $21,851. GeoNova, formerly known as the Nova Scotia Geomatic Centre, was the provincial leader and held fundraisers such as 50/50 draws, auctions, casual days and increased the number of employees on payroll deduction.

Scotiabank was recognized as a leader among the financial institutions.

Media awards were also presented to the Amherst News, CKDH and CFTA for their support of the United Way. March said not all communities have the support Cumberland County does from community-minded media outlets.

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