Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nominator: Lucy Niro, senior regional marketing manager, Aramark Canada East
“Kirk, who has worked for Aramark Canada for 1.5 years, wore two hats during the COVID crisis:
His current job is as assistant food service director at Centennial College, focusing on catering operation and scheduling. While there, he had to adapt to a new food services model by overseeing meal services, scheduling, and implementing both summer and fall menus for residents.
But as the number of residents at the college wound down, Kirk voluntarily took on a temporary role and now works at the Bethany Retirement Home in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. The home specializes in different care options ranging from independent living to supportive living and long-term care.
He is going above and beyond as he volunteered to support any Aramark location in need during COVID. He had no issue relocating to this retirement home, 3000 kilometers away from home, and going through all the training required to perform new duties, such as doing inventory and helping with equipment repairs, to support healthcare, a new line of business and put himself at greater risk.
Kirk is being nominated for his hard work and adaptability during this global pandemic. Kirk is always willing to make sure duties are completed to the best of his ability while putting others before himself. Kirks high-service quality has always been recognized by fellow staff and customers. He respects all team members and ensures all customers have an outstanding experience.
The impact Kirks actions have had on others in our department and clients/community is that he has been a large part of our donations being made to local organizations. Kirk has helped prepare approximately $5,000 worth of items such as fresh vegetables, bottled water, chips and pop for Centennial Residence students and Food Rescue Canada, a company that takes excess food from communities and donates it to specific causes and those in need. There have been about 300 students that stayed in Centennial residence after the school closed in March.”