Our 2019 Brunch event was held on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 11am to 2pm
in the fabulous new Locomotive Hall at the Roundhouse in Toronto,
and featured celebrity chefs and special guests from media and medicine.
Chefs Jamie Kennedy, Donna Dooher, Joanne Yolles, Jen Cerny,
Noni Castonguay, Sandra Katsiou, Joshna Maharaj, John Horne,
and Jonathan Goodyear prepared and served delicious food. Thank you all!
We are delighted that Greenhouse Juice Co, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
and Beans and Grind provided a range of great beverages for the 2019 Brunch.
Jeanne Beker, as always, was a fabulous Emcee.
Our special guest speakers, Dr. Anthony Lang, a scientist who is a world leader
in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), and
Ben Stecher, a writer, speaker, advocate and consultant on neurodegenerative
diseases, who was diagnosed with PD at age 29 were generous and inspiring.
Thank you to our 2019 Honorary Patrons
Aubrey and Marsha Baillie; Andy Barrie; David & Fran Brown;
Bill & Catherine Graham; Philip Hebert; Harry McMurtry; Jeanne Beker; Hugh Johnston;
Benjamin Stecher; Gay Evans; Robert Fisher; and Sue Thompson.
In Support of the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund
We have a dedication and commitment to raising money to fund groundbreaking
research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease. We support
the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund at the Edmond J Safra Program in PD,
at Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.
The lab is run by Dr. Anthony Lang, a rock star in PD Research.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2019 SPONSORS! Please view list.
If you are interested in supporting us as a corporate or individual sponsor, we would love to connect with you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porridge for Parkinson’s® is an elegant morning that features a brunch prepared and served by Toronto’s celebrity chefs, brunch-themed silent auction and special guest speakers. The first Porridge for Parkinson’s breakfast in Toronto was held in the fall of 2009 and has now become a biennial event. Over $750,000 in net proceeds has been raised to date, with a very strong volunteer contribution. Read about how it all started.
PORRIDGE FOR PARKINSON’S® is a registered trade-mark owned by Parkinson Canada, used under license by Porridge for Parkinson’s (Toronto) Event Committee.
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A tour of the UHN PD research facilities
On May 23 2019 our guests enjoyed a reception and engaging tour of the PD research facilities at the Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. Dr Anthony Lang, Dr. Alphonso Fasano, and Dr. Antonio Strafella provided fascinating talks and demonstrations of some of their current research projects. We would like to thank the Doctors. and the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation at UHN for hosting this special event. Thanks also to Stircrazy Catering and Joanne Yolles for the delicious food. We are delighted to be supporting the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund.
Dr. Alfonso Fasano explains how CRANIA’s new gait analysis lab at Toronto Western Hospital uses immersive lab technology to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. The project is a product of close collaboration between researchers at the Krembil Brain Institute and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDHICEJRVZs&feature=youtu.be
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Announcing our 2017 guest speaker: Evan Siddall
We are delighted to announce that Evan Siddall will be the special guest speaker for our November 12th event. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2014, Evan Siddall co-founded the Growling Beaver Brevet, a cycling charity event that helps people with Parkinson’s to “live well today.” It debuted in 2015 with great success.
Evan W. Siddall was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in January 2014. As CEO, Mr. Siddall works with his colleagues to help Canadians meet their housing needs. CMHC’s mission includes promoting housing access and affordability as well as financial stability.
Prior to joining CMHC, Mr. Siddall served as Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada and the Bank’s Senior Representative to Toronto, where he led projects designed to promote continuous financial markets and the stability of the Canadian financial system.
Before entering public service, Mr. Siddall held a variety of positions in both investment banking and general management, including at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Goldman Sachs & Co., Lazard Frères & Co. and Irving Oil Ltd.
Mr. Siddall received an L.L.B from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a B.A. in Management Economics from the University of Guelph and attends the YPO Presidents’ University at Harvard Business School. He has also served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph, on the boards of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Ontario chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and of the Canadian Stage Company, and as Chair of the Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities.
Follow Evan Siddall on Twitter @ewsiddall
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Announcing our 2017 emcee: Robert Fisher
We are delighted to announce that Robert Fisher will return as emcee for our 10th Anniversary breakfast. He was an engaging host at our Porridge for Parkinson’s 2013 event and continues to be a friend to our cause.
Mr. Fisher is a well-known Political Analyst who has had a distinguished career as a journalist and broadcaster. “There is no one more knowledgeable when it comes to Queen’s Park politics than Robert Fisher,” said CBC Metro Morning host Matt Galloway in an interview in 2015 looking back on Fisher’s career. “He is one of the classiest people in broadcasting.” A versatile journalist distinguished by his humble approach, rapier wit and flair for the written word, Robert Fisher’s work has spanned radio, television and column writing. (CBC news)
Follow Robert Fisher on twitter @politicsfisher
Announcing our 2017 Chefs!
Jamie Kennedy CM — Owner Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Chef Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering.
Donna Dooher — Executive Chef, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
With more than 30 years of professional experience in foodservice, Donna Dooher has made her mark on Canada’s culinary world as a celebrated chef, caterer, TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur.
Joanne Yolles — Pastry Chef, Instructor, Recipe Developer
Formerly a celebrated pastry chef at Scaramouche and other notable Toronto restaurants, Joanne is an instructor at George Brown College and recipe developer. She has been involved with the planning of our PforP events since 2009.
@joanneyolles on Instagram
Jen Cerny and Noni Castonguay — Stircrazy Catering
The owners of the popular Stircrazy Catering have donated their talents to many of our PforP events. Known for their exquisite hors d’oeuvres, they offer a variety of delicious menus and services.
Sandra Katsiou — Baker and Scone
Sandra Katsiou is best known for her delicious sweet and savoury scones which are offered in over 40 traditional and innovative flavour combinations at her very popular St Clair West bakeshop.
Joshna Maharaj — Chef. Speaker. Activist.
We are delighted to announce that celebrated chef Joshna Maharaj will be joining us on Nov 12. Known for her talent and innovative food philosophies, she was most recently the Executive Chef for the Gladstone Hotel.
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A message from Honorary Patron Jeanne Beker
My dear mother, Bronia Beker, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about a decade ago. At the time, we knew precious little about the potential ravages of the disease, but certainly learned more than we wanted over the past ten years. It was heartbreaking to see my brilliant, “Energizer Bunny” of a mum slowly succumb to Parkinson’s, as she gallantly tried to fight one of the toughest battles imaginable. My mother was a Holocaust survivor after all. And though she was fortunate enough to be under the care of one of the best neurologists “Toronto’s brilliant Dr. Tony Lang” this cruel disease took its toll.
My beloved mum passed away in May 2015, at the age of 94. It was her time. But her indomitable spirit lives on. Since the very first Porridge for Parkinson’s breakfast, my mum delighted in attending, charmed to be able to meet and chat with others who were dealing with Parkinson’s, and very keen on learning more about the research progress that was being made. While I doubt she thought there’d be a cure in her lifetime, she certainly had hope that there’d be one in mine. In 2015, it gave me special pleasure and great honour to emcee this wonderful event. I know my mum was watching….
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Announcing our 2017 Honorary Patrons
We are very pleased to name Harry McMurtry as an Honorary Patron in 2017. Harry was our guest speaker in 2015 and has held very successful PD fundraisers, including his 500 Miles for Parkinson’s project in 2016. We are grateful to all of our 2017 Honorary Patrons: Aubrey and Marsha Baillie, Andy Barrie, Jeanne Beker, David and Fran Brown, Gay Evans, The Hon. Bill Graham and Catherine Graham, Dr. Philip Hébert, Harry McMurtry and Carol Grant Sullivan.
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A Conversation with Dr Brian Goldman & Dr Jonathan Brotchie
On May 11 2017 our Donors and Patrons enjoyed a special evening in the beautiful venue at Stikeman Elliot in Commerce Court. The program featured a lively conversation between Dr Brian Goldman from CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and Dr Jonathan Brotchie, who was the recipent of a Porridge for Parkinson’s Pilot Project Grant in 2015. Dr Brotchie is a Senior Scientist at the Krembil Institute at Toronto Western Hospital. Thank you to the Drs., to our hosts Glen Zacher and Nuria Bronfman, and to our Chefs Joanne Yolles and Jen Cerny.
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What a great event!
On Sunday November 8 2015 we held our Porridge for Parkinson’s breakfast at the Vaughan Estate. The event was sold out and 300 guests enjoyed fabulous breakfast cuisine prepared by our wonderful chefs. (see their names below). Longtime PforP friend Jeanne Beker was again our emcee and our special guest Harry McMurtry, delivered an inspiring speech titled Things Can be Better.
Read it here.
Thanks to the chefs and our generous donors and supporters our net proceeds exceeded our ambitious target! Photos of this lovely morning taken by our photographer Jo Dickens and a few others have been posted in our gallery. We would like to express our deep appreciation to our generous donors and supporters. Please click the links for our list of Benefactors and Silent Auction Donors. Thanks to all who attended for again making this event a great success!
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Chefs UPDATE: View this personal message from notable Pastry Chef Joanne Yolles
Our Porridge for Parkinson’s 2015 participating Chefs will be preparing and serving a range of PforP favourites and delightful new treats. We are excited to announce: Jamie Kennedy, Jamie Kennedy Kitchens; Joanne Yolles, formerly of Scaramouche and Pangaea; Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen; Martin Kouprie, Pangaea; Jen Cerny and Noni Castonguay, StirCrazy Catering; Sandra Katsiou, Baker and Scone; and David Wolfman, Aboriginal TV Chef and Culinary Arts Professor. (Video copyright Porridge for Parkinson’s)
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Announcing our 2015 special guest speaker: Harry McMurtry!
Harry McMurtry was a litigation lawyer until Parkinson’s disease cut short his professional career. Harry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 at the age of 42 and retired from the legal profession in 2010. He had DBS surgery the following year. With encouragement from a friend with the disease, Harry started fundraising for various Parkinson’s causes. In 2011, he raised over $20,000 for Parkinson Society Canada through Parkinson SuperWalk. The next year, he put on a concert and raised almost $35,000 for PSC. In 2013, Harry aimed higher. Relying on his good friend Tom Cochrane (whose father, coincidentally, suffered from PD), they raised $460,000 for the movement disorders centre at the Toronto Western Hospital.
Harry has assembled an amazing team to organize 500 Miles for Parkinson’s, an ambitious transnational project with events to be held in 2016 and with a goal of raising over $500,000 for Parkinson’s research. Harry lives in New York City with his wife, Deborah Bradley. He has three children from a previous marriage and three stepchildren.
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We are delighted to announce that Jeanne Beker will be our 2015 Emcee!
Jeanne Beker is a Canadian Journalist, Media Personality, and Fashion Entrepeneur. She was host of the internationally syndicated Fashion Television (FT) which aired for 27 years and had viewers in more than 120 countries. Jeanne has been an editor and author for numerous publications and is currently a featured style columnist for the Globe and Mail and Post City magazine. She was recently named Style Editor of The Shopping Channel and hosts a regular series for the channel. Her fashion credits include her clothing line, Edit by Jeanne Beker as well as a number of product lines. Jeanne has won numerous awards and was recently appointed to the Order of Canada.
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A Conversation with Dr Brian Goldman & Dr Philip Hébert
On April 28th our Donors and Patrons enjoyed a special evening at Charles Pachter’s Moose Factory Gallery, which featured an engaging conversation between Dr Brian Goldman from CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and Dr Philip HÃ©bert, Physician and Medical
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Chef Jamie Kennedy & Shelagh Rogers
Listen to celebrity Chef Jamie Kennedy speak with Shelagh Rogers on The Next Chapter about his unique approach to food, his cookbook, JK: The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook and more… (second half of a great episode).
Andy Barrie in the short doc: The Voice
View this powerful film The Voice about former CBC broadcaster Andy Barrie and his journey with Parkinson’s Disease.
Listen to his interview with Carol Off on As It Happens.
Remembering our patron John Evans
Porridge for Parkinson’s Toronto was saddened to learn that our patron and longtime supporter, John Evans died on February 13, 2015. We offer our sincere condolences to Gay Evans and all their family. A memorial service was held at Grace Church on the Hill on Thursday February 19, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson Society of Canada. Globe and Mail Obituary Toronto Star Article
Congratulations Chef Jamie Kennedy
Our founding Porridge for Parkinson’s Celebrity Chef Jamie Kennedy has published a fabulous new cookbook called J.K. Interview and details here.
Congratulations Jeanne Beker
Our longtime Porridge for Parkinson’s supporter Jeanne Beker has been honoured with an appointment to the Order of Canada.
Jeanne Beker is a contributing editor to the Star and host of Fashion Television Channel. Watch her on CTV, E! and FashionTelevisionChannel.
Remembering Marg Meikle
Porridge for Parkinson’s Toronto was saddened to learn that our founding patron, friend and inspiration, Marg Meikle, died on December 21, 2013.
A memorial service was held on January 18, 2014 in Vancouver. We offer our sincere condolences to Marg’s family and friends.
Sheila Knox’s reflection on her friend Marg Meikle.