TORONTO — Donna Dooher, executive chef and co-owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Toronto, is officially the new chair of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) for the 2012/2013 fiscal year.
The chef, restaurant owner and TV personality assumed her new role at the CRFA’s 67th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the second day of the CRFA Show in Toronto yesterday, March 5.
It’s a position Dooher hasn’t taken lightly. “The health of the nation rests on our plates,” she said in her first speech as chair when she discussed the importance of continuing to spread the word about the value of foodservice in an evolving world that is excited about food. “Restaurants bring people together and help them through their busy days. They create jobs and give back to their neighbourhoods. Restaurants nourish our communities, and the CRFA is working on many different fronts to ensure they continue to grow and prosper,” added the chair.
In her first act as head of the Board, Dooher thanked past chair Warren Erhart, president of White Spot Restaurants in Vancouver, for his year of service to the association. Erhart was awarded a ribbon and Tiffany’s plaque and a scholarship was created in his name.
Roland Walton, COO, Canada, TDL Group Corp., and 2011/2012 CRFA treasurer, also reviewed the CRFA’s 2010 financials at the AGM, explaining that although there was slow economic activity, the “association is still on firm ground.”
For more details on the new Board, stay tuned to crfa.ca.