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“Making Meals Meaningful” Connects Families Around The Dinner Table

TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012, 2012 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) –UNICEF Canada, Maple Leaf Foods and Dr. Karyn Gordon join forces to get
families talking about important issues

Mealtimes are a great opportunity to
foster discussion and share experiences that bring us closer together.
“Making Meals Meaningful”, a partnership between UNICEF Canada, Maple
Leaf Foods and Dr. Karyn Gordon, aims to help Canadian families connect
around the dinner table. The program features themed conversation
starter cards that parents can use as a guide to have engaging
discussions with their children about important and sometimes
hard-to-discuss topics including acceptance, compassion, empathy,
generosity and selflessness.

“Parents want their children to be more aware, appreciative and kind to
others,” says Dr. Gordon, one of North America’s leading authorities on
understanding and connecting with youth. “Sitting down as a family
over dinner is a great place to teach these important values.”

“Mealtimes are precious opportunities for families to nourish their
minds and bodies in a hurry-up world,” says Lynda Kuhn, Senior Vice
President, Maple Leaf Foods. “With the holiday season approaching,
this is the perfect time for parents to broaden their children’s
empathy for people around them and around the world.”

“Making Meals Meaningful” cards are complimentary and available through
the UNICEF Canada website until the end of December. The cards are divided into two sets: one
for children aged five to nine and one for teens aged 10 to 16.

“The great thing about these cards is they can be used with your
children all year long as a building block to have deep and meaningful
conversations about the importance of showing empathy and generosity to
those less fortunate,” says Sharon Avery, Chief Development Officer,
UNICEF Canada. As part of the U.N., UNICEF is active in more countries
and saves more children’s lives than any other humanitarian

EDITORS NOTE: Please join Dr. Karyn Gordon for a live chat on Maple Leaf
Foods’ Facebook page on December 5, from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm to talk
about the “Making Meals Meaningful” program and to answer your

About Dr. Karyn Gordon
Dr. Karyn Gordon is one of North America’s leading relationship experts
specializing in Gen Y, and her mission is to inspire people to develop exceptional relationships with themselves and
others. For 14 years, she has provided her expertise through national media.
Along with her busy speaking schedule and regular media appearances,
Dr. Karyn has maintained her thriving consulting practice for families
for the last 15 years called ‘dkb coaching & wellness studio’ in
Toronto and one in New York City to serve organizations and families.
She has also authored four practical resources for teens and parents.
Her latest book (published by Harper Collins) is called Dr. Karyn’s Guide to the Teen Years.

Dr. Karyn has a Bachelor in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling and a
Doctorate in Marriage and Family. She has also done extensive studies
in organizational systems, personality and generational differences and
leadership in the workplace.

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian
organization. Supported entirely by voluntary donations, UNICEF helps
children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the U.N.,
we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization.
Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. We go wherever the
need is great. Because no child is too far.

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About Maple Leaf Foods
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food company, headquartered in
Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 19,500 people at its
operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom,
and Asia. The Company had sales of $4.9 billion in 2011.

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or to coordinate an interview with Dr Gordon, please contact:   Sylvia Sicuso Maple
Leaf Foods 905.285.1626  Melanie Sharpe UNICEF Canada
416.482.6552, ext 8892