August 23, 2016 marked the 26th annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, a Canadian born and bred organization that sends thousands of children to camp every year.
In 1990 a group of Tim Hortons Restaurant Owners decided to give back to the communities they were already serving. Their idea was a camp where children from low-income families could have fun, be challenged and- most of all- develop the skills that would make them successful adults. To raise the funds for this camp, the franchises put together the first annual Tim Horton Children’s Ranch Golf Tournament.
Sherri Johnston, the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation Community and Special Events Manager, has been involved with the organization for 6 years. She lights up when she talks about how the Kananaskis Ranch was built, quite literally, by local restaurant owners and team members. “They not only raised capital to help cover operation costs, but they physically helped build the building, laid the sod,” she says, a smile in her voice.
This year’s Golf Tournament took place at the Canmore Golf and Curling Club, with emerald green peaks framing a stunning green, upon which over 140 golfers teed off. A hot breakfast started the day, with, of course, a steaming cup of Tim Hortons coffee warming the slight morning chill that had settled over the mountains. After a shotgun start, golfers made their way through the 9 holes, each featuring a sponsored activity or competition, reminiscent of childhood camp games: a game of horseshoes, a lasso competition, and even a milk and cookie station.
Jeff Storck, the General Manger of the Tim Horton Children’s Ranch manages the day-to-day operations of the camp, and sees first hand the impact camp can have. “When kids are at the climbing wall, we’re not just teaching them how to climb- we’re teaching them how to set goals and achieve goals. Whether the goal is to get to the top, or just halfway, or just learning how to put the harness on, they set a goal and complete it. And that’s the point.”
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