All Canadians care for children and want them to succeed.

That’s the operating principle of the ‘Goals’ program in St. Marys and the surrounding area.

The breakfast program was started in 2005, jointly sponsored by Justice Canada and the Canadian Auto Dealers Association.

‘Goals’ is designed to teach living skills to public school students to enhance their self-esteem, nurture positive attitudes and deter substance abuse.

It also provides a nutritious breakfast each Thursday during the school year.

Guest speakers including MPs, MPPs, police officers and business and industry leaders, have assisted the program.

‘Goals’ is open to all public school students that attend Little Falls School.

There are currently 45 children enrolled in the program.

Its funding is dedicated entirely to the meals and transportation costs for the St. Marys mobility bus.

There are no overhead costs.

Despite its lean operation, the program needs the financial support of St. Marys and area residents so local children can continue to benefit from the initiative.

Cheques may be endorsed to “Goals” and mailed to box 786 St. Marys, ON, N4X 1B5.

They may also be sent to Scotiabank, Box 1148, 131 Queen Street East, St. Marys, ON, N4X 1B7.

Questions about the program may be directed to Chris West via email at

chriswest@kwic.com or telephone at 519-284-3310 ext 238. Toll free 1-866-862-5632.

People can also reach out to Helen Brockman, principal at Little Falls School at 519-284-3615 or helebroc@fc.amdsb.ca and Stephanie Ische, senior manager for the Town of St. Marys at 519-284-3272 or email sische@town.stmarys.on.ca.