Written by: Tara Bottan, June 5, 2019
The people of Thunder Bay have once again shown just how big their hearts are as over 40 local Law Enforcement Officers showed up to work alongside the amazing staff at two Boston Pizza locations in Thunder Bay on Wednesday. Officers were paired up with servers and let loose on the public!
Many staff of the chain are long time employees, greeting their customers by name and have their orders and preferences memorized. Officers had their work cut out for them, but quickly found their groove, occasionally with a bit of friendly help. There were plenty of new diners, along with regulars, as many people elected to show their support by bringing a healthy appetite. A few officers said the work brought back memories of previous jobs in the service industry, while others said they found serving food was much harder than their usual work, serving the public.
One volunteer, a Chief from the Canada Border Services Agency, even braved his shift serving in his white uniform shirt. Eye-witnesses saw him bringing food orders to tables, carrying dirty dishes back to the kitchen and even toting around a toddler at one point. He defied all odds, finishing his shift without a mark on the shirt. At the end of the night, all the volunteers were given the opportunity to sit down for a meal – Boston Pizza’s way of saying ‘Thank You’ to all involved. If anyone stuck around long enough, I’m sure it didn’t hurt to see the Raptors pull off another win.
A BIG thank you to all who came out and volunteered your time, enjoyed a meal with us or helped make this event happen. The Special Olympics community is extremely grateful for all you do!