CORNWALL – The owner of Cornwall’s Dairy Queen Grill & Chill has been given a national award for going above and beyond in fundraising for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
A humbled Nolan Quinn was presented with the 2019 Miracle Maker Award during a presentation by the company’s executive vice president on Tuesday morning.
The award recognizes a franchisee who goes the extra mile to support Children’s Miracle Network hospitals – in this case the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). They are nominated by other franchisees across Canada.
In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, Quinn says he was overwhelmed when he heard he was winning the award out of 675 stores across the country.
“To say I didn’t get emotional would be a lie. It did hit me hard. I have children of my own. I have nieces and nephews so to be acknowledged for the good you’re doing even though you don’t want the recognition, it does hit home. It’s one thing to be nominated but to actually be the winner. There’s been some pretty big winners. I’m with some of the bigger leaders in the Dairy Queen system so to be put in the same connotation as them means a lot.”
Quinn says it’s an easy charity to get behind because just about everybody knows someone who has accessed CHEO, including his niece who spent two months at the Ottawa hospital.
“Every story that comes out of the CHEO is always great. You’re treated like family so it’s an easy charity to get behind,” Quinn said. “I even had one of my employees who got served at CHEO when she got hurt here previously. We all know somebody that’s had a really good story at CHEO.”
In addition to several promotional events like Miracle Treat Day and supporting local events, Quinn says people may not know that DQ staff also donate to CHEO through their corporate discount.
“Every time they use their discount here, they donate $1 to CHEO as well. So every year, my staff are donating about $5,000 just through using their discount here. To me, it’s about the team effort in that regard and again that community effort. It’s takes a community to raise a child. Well, very evident with CHEO and our fundraising locally,” Quinn said.
In 2019, Quinn raised more than $40,000 for CHEO – almost double what was raised in 2018.
“Nolan, we are so proud of you. We are honoured that you won this award and keep up the great work and your leadership within the Dairy Queen system,” Executive Vice President Peter White said during the presentation.