September 20, 2018
It all started last year when Baking and Pastry Arts instructor, Stephanie Mirabelli, was nominated for the Top 30 Under 30 award with the Ontario Hostillery Institute (OHI). Even before she was officially selected as one of the OHI’s Top 30 Under 30 in March 2018, she began reflecting on her success and feeling an immense sense of gratitude for everything she has in her life.
That’s when she decided she wanted to make a New Year’s resolution to give back to a different charity that meant something to her family, friends and community every month. January 2018 was the start of Stephanie’s Year of Giving. Everyone who knows her knows that she loves her long hair, so she started off with something especially meaningful to her. On her 30 th birthday, she chopped off 15 inches of her hair and donated it to Beautiful Lengths, a charity that takes hair donations to create real hair wigs for cancer patients. In February, Stephanie put her baking expertise to work and made cupcakes to raise awareness and funds for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) at Sick Kids Hospital, where she managed to raise an impressive $800.
The Year of Giving continued with March being dedicated to colon cancer research and April dedicated to Parkinson’s Disease. In May, Stephanie completed the 25 km Ride for Heart and in June she completed the 5 km Run for Prostate Cancer for the 13 th year in a row. In July Stephanie dedicated her time to Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, Celiac and Gluten Intolerance Awareness, while in August it was Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
In September, while Stephanie was preparing to focus her charitable efforts towards the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, she was approached by Windsor Salt for its 125 th Anniversary. They delivered the news that she had been chosen by Windsor Salt as one of 10 Canadians who give back to their communities, all based on her Year of Giving! This recognition was an incredible accomplishment and was of course, well deserved.
For the rest of the year, Stephanie has a long lineup of charitable activities planned. In October she will be focusing on helping those suffering from brain tumors. November is dedicated to diabetes, and December is focused on helping those with addictions.
Needless to say, Stephanie has accomplished an incredible amount for her community over the past year, and we are so proud to have her as part of the School of HRT team. Congratulations, Stephanie! You truly embody the spirit of charity and giving.