Deborah Leonard

Soup Daddy’s opens its doors in Prince Rupert

A new business opened its doors, with an aim of selling delicious lunches and helping individuals with mental disabilities find work.

Early last week, a new business opened its doors in Prince Rupert, with an aim of selling delicious lunches and helping individuals with mental disabilities find work.

Soup Daddy’s is owned and operating by Fairview Management Services Ltd., with Fairview’s director Alice Compagnon being a partial owner. The take-out restaurant provides an opportunity for individuals with developmental and dual diagnosed disabilities to learn necessary skills for working.

“They are learning skills like how to work as a team, how to work with money, how to manage a place… all of that. We’re preparing for out there in the real world,” explained Val Whomes from Fairview Management Service Ltd.

“Hopefully this will help them to be ready when they apply for a job.”

Every thirty days there will be two individuals from Fairview Management working at Soup Daddy’s, learning about the workforce. There will also be a number of job coaches working with the individuals to help guide them. Each month after the bills are paid, remaining funds generated from the restaurant will be divided between individuals working at the shop during that month.

Since opening last week, Debra Leonard and Sandy Twan have been working at Soup Daddy’s.

Leonard, who has received her Food Safe Certificate, says that her favorite part of working at Soup Daddy’s is making the buns.

“I pick up a big, fresh batch of dough from Baker Boy, pay for it, come back here and put my gloves on and start slicing it up,” she said.

Twan says she also really enjoys helping Leonard with the buns, but while she works on getting her Food Safe Certificate, she enjoys helping out by doing the moping, sweeping and dishes.

All cooks and prep cooks participating have a Food Safe Certificate and follow a Food Plan.

Soup Daddy’s is perfect for lunch, offering soups made fresh daily from scratch, homemade buns, muffins, cookies, ice cream, coffee, mocha’s, lattes, and twisters. Eventually, they are hoping to have a specific soup for each day of the week, so people know where their favorite kind is available.

Operation hours are Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., although workers are in 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All service is take-out at 200 4th Street.

The establishment is funded by Community Living British Columbia (or CLBC), a provincial crown agency that delivers support and services to adults with developmental disabilities.

Just Posted

Rough seas delay Prince Rupert/Haida Gwaii ferry

Northern Expedition is expected to leave Prince Rupert for Haida Gwaii at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Piano duet claims Rupert’s Got Talent crown

Best friends, Pia Khaira and Alan Phuong, were named the winners of the Prince Rupert competition

Prince Rupert trades apprenticeship program receives $20,000

Funding from Industry Training Authority supports hands-on workplace experience for students

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Heart of Our City: Teaching the next generation

Sadie Dennis is passing on her knowledge of fishing and canning to youth at the Friendship House

Prince Rupert Rampage suffers its first loss of the season.

Prince Rupert’s perfect season comes to an end with a 4-3 loss at the hands of the River Kings

Delivering the paper as a family

The Northern View is looking for newspaper carriers in Prince Rupert, join our team today

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Most Read