Local Tim’s Donates Coffee and More to GBCSC

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured here with some of the donated items at the Centre (from left to right) are GBCSC Member Jerry Sheers, Joanne Smith, Tim’s franchise owner, Eric Walter, GBCSC Executive Director, Tamara Beelan, and Sid Beelan (outlet Operations Managers).

The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre (GBCSC) in Penetanguishene was recently the recipient of a much-appreciated donation from Joanne and Brian Smith, who own and operate Tim Horton’s outlets in the local area. The donation was something many of the Centre’s members enjoy when they come in for programs and services, a hot cup of coffee.

Along with providing the GBCSC with over a year’s worth of coffee and filters, the Smith’s also donated a Tim’s coffee maker along with 64 Tim-branded china mugs.

GBCSC Executive Director Eric Walter points out it can be scary for people when they first receive a cancer diagnosis. It’s a big step when they reach out for additional support and making them feel at home when they visit the GBCSC makes a huge difference.

“Being greeted with a smile and a cup of coffee goes a long way in making someone feel at home. That cup of coffee is a really important first step here for many.”

According to Joanne Smith, they are grateful for the opportunity to support the GBCSC and considers it a beacon of hope and healing for those facing the challenges of cancer.

“Walking through the doors for the first time with Eric, we felt that profound strength and support within the four walls of the GBCSC where resilience and compassion redefine the journey through adversity,” says Joanne. “We feel everyone has been touched by cancer, whether it be a friend, family member or co-worker. With each cup of coffee from Tim Hortons, we extend a ‘hug in your hands’ to the Centre’s members and appreciate the chance to contribute warmth and comfort to those who need it the most.”

The Smiths operate their Tim’s outlets as a family affair. Joanne notes the next generation, her daughter Tamara and son-in-law Sid, currently serve as Operations Managers.



The Mission of the Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre is to provide emotional, physical, social, spiritual support, education and information as  complement to the medical system for people affected by cancer.



 The Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre strives to be recognized as a source of support, education and motivation for people living with cancer. their families and caregivers. Our vision is to be recognized throughout North Simcoe and the surrounding communities as a place of hope, comfort, strength and courage.