The three Tim Hortons restaurant co-owners/operators pose with Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (CVHF) representatives to announce the 2017 Smile Cookie campaign and celebrate the opening of the new North Island Hospital Comox Valley campus. Left to right: Katie Maximick (CVHF), Jennie Brocklehurst (Tim Hortons co-owner/operator),  Tracy Caissie (co-owner/operator), Bill Anglin (CVHF Vice President) and Stephen Caissie (co-owner/operator),


This September four local Tim Hortons restaurants are helping celebrate the opening of the new North Island Hospital Comox Valley site by donating the proceeds of the 2017 Smile Cookie Campaign to the Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation (formerly St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation).

During the week of September 11 – 17th, four Tim Hortons restaurants will be selling their iconic Smile Cookies to fundraise for CVHF. Each cookie sells for $1 plus tax, and $1 from each cookie sold will directly benefit healthcare in our community.

“My partners Stephen, Tracy and I really enjoyed the public tours (of the new hospital) that recently took place. It’s an incredible facility,” said Jennie Brocklehurst, co-owner based out of the Ryan Road Tim Hortons. “I was taken aback by the advances in technology that will be available in the new hospital that will be beneficial to patients and staff alike.”

“We are pleased that we were able to select the Healthcare Foundation for this year’s campaign.”

Nationally Tim Hortons restaurant owners support more than 460 local charities, hospitals and community programs through the Smile Cookie campaign. Originally the campaign began back in 1996 to help raise funds for the Hamilton Children’s Hospital in Ontario, and since then has become a major fundraising event across the country.

Last year alone the Smile Cookie campaign raised over $7 million across Canada.

“We’re truly grateful to Jennie, Stephen and Tracy to choose us as the recipients of this year’s Smile Cookie campaign in our community,” said Katie Maximick, Communications and Fund Development for CVHF. “Not only will this help raise funds to support local healthcare needs; it will also help raise awareness for who we are and what we do for the Comox Valley while celebrating the opening of the new hospital on October 1st.”

“This is a really exciting time for healthcare in our community, and we love to see businesses like Tim Hortons and many others in the area coming together to help us celebrate the opening of this amazing facility while giving back.”

To ensure as many cookies are sold as possible during this campaign, Brocklehurst encourages people and businesses to order larger quantities of cookies at a time like for meetings, lunches, customer appreciation and functions to help give back to local healthcare needs.

“I have such a sense of pride that such a state-of-the-art and stunning hospital is right here in the Comox Valley,” Brocklehurst said, “And this is a really yummy way to support it and the Foundation.”

Smile Cookie week runs Sept. 11 to 17 at the four main Tim Hortons restaurants in the Comox Valley. Visit for more information.