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Gary Wright Humanitarian Award

The Gary Wright Humanitarian Award was established in honour of Gary Wright, the founder of We Care, and is presented to a member of the Foodservice and Hospitality Industry who has contributed to the improvement of the community at large.

2021 Winner – Deborah Jackson

Aramark Canada has been a We Care Member Sponsor for 32 years. Deborah Jackson has worked at Aramark for 22 years and has spent the last 14 of them as a We Care volunteer.


Known as Deb, she joined the Winterfest (formerly Ski Day) committee in 2008 and has served as one of its co-chairs since 2010. Winterfest has been a family affair for the Jacksons with her children and their friends volunteering in the set-up and wrap-up of the event.


The Jackson family take their support of We Care home with them, literally! For many years, their famous Christmas lights display has collected funds through visitor donations for many charities. We Care has received $3,000 of the $15,000 raised over the past six years. Other charities supported in recent years include the Kelley Shires Breast Cancer Foundation, The ROCK- Reach Out Center for Kids’ Mental Health, and the Kerr Street Mission through the collection of over 3,000 pounds of food.


Deb is also involved in other charities including World Accord and The Freshstart Project in Halton. In 2018, she was a finalist for a Spirit Award, and was the recipient of a community recognition award from her local MPP in 2020.


We Care would like to thank and congratulate Deb Jackson on being the 2021 Gary Wright Humanitarian Award recipient.


Past Winners of the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award:

  • 2020 Brent Morning
  • 2019 Mr. Michel Lamy (P)
  • 2018 Mr. Brent Cator
  • 2017 Mr. Kevin Collins
  • 2016 Ms. Bernice Blomme
  • 2015 Mr. Kevin Frankish
  • 2014 Mr. David Abrams
  • 2013 Mr. Don LeBlanc
  • 2012 Mr. Mark Cator
  • 2011 Mr. Eddie Sokoloff
  • 2010 Ms. Carol Moffatt-Bailes
  • 2009 Mr. Brian Orr
  • 2008 Mr. Hugh Kelly, Mr. Dave Wilcox (P)
  • 2007 Mr. Peter Noble (P)
  • 2006 Mr. Terry Lindermann
  • 2005 Ms. Virgina (Gini) Norris
  • 2004 Mr. Jim Grieb
  • 2003 Mr. Jim MacPherson
  • 2002 Mr. Sheldon Kofsky
  • 2001 Mr. Grant Gillard
  • 2000 Mr. Gary Marshall
  • 1999 Mr. Len Lundberg (P)
  • 1998 Ms. Kathy Starr
  • 1997 Mr. Robert McNutt
  • 1996 Mr. Bruce Curtis
  • 1995 Mr. Dick Burgess (P)
  • 1993 Mr. Ted Graham
  • 1992 Mr. Harrison McCain, Mr. Wallace McCain
  • 1991 Mr. Ron Joyce
  • 1989 Mr. Gray Steele
  • 1988 Mr. Bill Farr
  • 1987 Mr. Gary Wright (P)


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453 Signet Drive, North York, ON M9L 1V5




Phone: 905.841.1223


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