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570 News recognizes those who go “Above and Beyond”  in Waterloo Region. Every week we will choose someone who has gone “Above and Beyond” in our community. Tell us who you think is deserving of next week’s award by filling out the nomination form.

This week we shine the spotlight on a Kitchener woman who co-ordinates a completely volunteer-based organization whose mission is to provide personalized celebration cakes for families with children who suffer from life-threatening diseases.

Chrissie Boon was nominated by her husband, Justin Kozak, who says that earlier this year, Chrissie (a longtime volunteer with Icing Smiles Canada) stepped in after the director of charity resigned suddenly, discovering in the process that the organization was also about to lose its status due to a lack of funding.

Chrissie took over as director and saved the group’s charitable status.  She has also helped to more than double the baker database.  Justin says Chrissie is committed to “baking a difference.”  Says Justin, “On a day-to-day basis we receive a request from the family to create a cake.  She goes across the country and kind of figures out where these people are located, who is the baker that is closest and from there she initiates all conversation.”

If you’d like to help out by baking for the cause, go to www.icingsmiles.ca

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