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Compass Directions
Spring 2019

In this issue:
  • Films & Fellowship
  • Supporter Spotlight: Petro-Canada Lubricants
  • The Good Food Box
  • How to Host a Food Drive
  • Perspectives from the Board
By Natalie Poole-Moffatt 
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Two years ago, my family and I moved back to Mississauga after living out west for almost 20 years. I grew up in Mississauga, and loved the neighbourhood, but something was missing. After a year and a half of driving past The Compass I finally pulled over, went in and figured out what was missing—service to the community.

The staff was warm and inviting, as were the clients. I asked about the history of The Compass and how my family and I could support the wonderful programs that were already being offered. That's when volunteer coordinator Sheryl Darlington smiled and said that there was a new program they would like to start, and that's how Films & Fellowship began for me.

The concept was simple
—ensure clients had a safe, warm place to go on Saturday nights. The program was in the process of being developed but the staff was looking for a team lead. After managing through some administrative details, the program began in December 2018 and saw 12 clients arrive on a snowy Saturday night to snack, chat and watch Jingle All the Way

In the months following, the program has grown and expanded. Volunteers now support the program and include dinner as part of the evening. On average, 20 clients come through the door every other Saturday night to enjoy a fun night out—and my family and I love every minute of it.

The new Films & Fellowship program runs two Saturday nights each month at The Compass. Check our activity calendar for dates and times. Natalie Poole-Moffatt is an award-winning public affairs executive. She can be reached at
Supporter Spotlight: Petro-Canada Lubricants
By Lisa Canzona

Petro-Canada Lubricants (PCLI) has a long history of community involvement. We strive to be a good corporate citizen and a positive contributor to the community of Mississauga. 

In 2018, PCLI celebrated 75 years of operations by hosting a Community Open House. To recognize this significant milestone, we were pleased to present five local charitable organizations with a donation totalling $75,000. The Compass was one of the recipients and received a $15,000 donation. PCLI strongly believes in The Compass' mission of strengthening our community as a whole by focusing on the well-being of residents.

To keep the momentum going, a group of employees volunteered at The Compass on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27) to help check, sort and shelve household goods and food donations. We also donated $2,500 to sponsor the 'Twas the Bite Before Christmas event, and purchased 14 turkeys for Charles Sousa's Holiday Turkey Drive.
Community Connect: An Employee-Led Campaign

Our Community Connect campaign is led by a Committee of ten cross-functional PCLI employees who are passionate about giving back to their community. Community Connect supports PCLI's community investment strategy and raises awareness of the community's needs by supporting six local not-for-profit organizations through volunteering and fundraising.

Those organizations include Armagh, Credit Valley Conservation, Ian Anderson House, Interim Place, The Compass and United Way Greater Toronto. The 2018 campaign ran from September 10-21.

Employees raised funds by contributing payroll deductions, participating in an online auction, purchasing raffle tickets, and by participating in events.

In total, Community Connect raised more than $150,000 for our local not-for-profit organizations, with The Compass receiving $20,500 of those funds.

PCLI employees care about continually improving the infrastructure of our communities for the good of our neighbours. We value the relationships we've made and will continue to support philanthropies with volunteer time and financial support. 

The Lubricants facility in Mississauga is the largest North American producer of high margin Group III base oils. The site produces base oils, finished lubricants, specialty fluids, greases, process oils and white oils.

HollyFrontier Corporation (HFC) acquired PCLI on February 1, 2017. With the addition of PCLI, HFC becomes the fourth-largest lubricants producer in North America. Under new ownership, PCLI operates under the HollyFrontier Lubricants and Specialty Products Division. 

Lisa Canzona is the Communications & Stakeholder Relations Adviser at Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc. You can reach her at
The Good Food Box
By Amanda Rylott

For many low-income community members, maintaining a diet that is rich in fresh foods can be difficult. Processed foods have more calories per dollar than healthy foods, and therefore healthy foods can be out-of-reach for lower-income families. Nonperishable food items are such an important part of food banks that the need for fresh foods is often overlooked or difficult to coordinate in these systems. Many food banks have come forward discussing the issues of unhealthy donations. Convenience foods, liked canned food or packages, also allows people who may not have amenities to continue to make meals. But, the provision of fresh foods should not be overlooked, especially when people use food banks on a long-term basis. The Good Food Box (GFB) tries to bridge this gap by making produce more accessible. 

The Compass, partnered with FoodShare Toronto, provides space for community members to get a variety of produce at a lower price than a grocery store. Similar to community-supported agriculture, consumers sign up for the GFB beforehand and collect their box of produce on the following Thursday. This program is open to both clients of The Compass and community members for a scaling price. Clients of The Compass pay $14 per box while community members pay $19. Community members who participate in GFB are subsidizing the box for clients and making healthy food more affordable.

By branching out and provisioning different types of foods
both convenience and freshfood banks can make balanced diets more accesible. Through taking this approach, the GFB increases the food options for people living in low-income. The system of people being able to subsidize the boxes for others creates a sense of community and support. Healthy food accesibility should become a priority in communities to support its members and promote healthy lifestyles.

Amanda Rylott has an MA in Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She can be reached at
How to Host a Food Drive
The Compass is helping more and more people each month, and consequently our need for food is also growing. Our supply is alarmingly low, and we are asking for your help. If you are interested in organizing a food drive for The Compass, all you have to do is fill out this form. The Compass would be happy to work with you to make your food drive a success. By supporting The Compass, you are taking an active role in addressing hunger and poverty in your community, with compassion and kindness for those in need.

Perspectives from the Board

MississaugaLakeshore MP Sven Spengemann with Compass volunteer Wendy Wilkie-Adams.
By Dave McKeown

The Compass functions with two part-time employees, one paid student each summer, and 250 volunteers. We would be lost without Trish and Sheryl, our employees, but our ability to provide food and a long list of programs and services is possible because of people who give their time enthusiastically and consistently throughout the year.

In December, Mississauga
Lakeshore MP Sven Spengemann, who was a Compass volunteer until his election in 2015, honoured 20 people who support vulnerable members in our community, engaged with youth or seniors, exemplified strong entrepreneurial spirit with a social conscience, or worked to promote a more inclusive community. Two of the recipients were Compass volunteers!
Lorene Cullen (pictured above) was recognized for her leadership in the creation and development of The Compass in the early days and developing support mechanisms for people in South Mississauga. Lorene has dedicated more than 15 years to volunteering, from washing tea towels to serving as a board member and everything in between.

Wendy Wilkie-Adams (Wilkie) was recognized for her outstanding service providing thousands of cooked meals to people who visit. The same love and attention to detail goes into preparing meals for more than 40 men on Tuesday nights, hot soup for 110 people on market days, and hard-boiled eggs for some homeless Compass clients.

The characteristics that make Lorene and Wilkie standout volunteers are found in many of our volunteers. While these two people have made significant impressions, Lorene and Wilkie exemplify the generosity, compassion and dedication inherent in the entire organization. When Compass volunteers are acknowledged in such a significant way,  it is an encouragement for the Board and all other Compass volunteers.

Dave McKeown is the Chairperson of The Compass Board of Directors. He can be reached at

Thanks For Reading!

The Canada Revenue Agency requires charitable organizations to report the percentage of expenditures that are only for charitable activities, not fundraising or administration; it was 96% for The Compass in 2017. A single number cannot be used to evaluate or compare organizations, but this is one indicator of how efficiently The Compass operates. Community outreach programs at The Compass are made possible by donations from people like you. Thank you. 

What would you like to see in our next newsletter? If you have any suggestions, please contact Managing Editor John Wilson at
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The Compass
310 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga, Ontario
L5H 1G8

The Compass is a registered charity: Charitable Registration Number 86235 2754 RR0001
(Registered as The Lakeshore Community Outreach Centre Inc.)

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