A Sweet Connection: Building Dreams for the Future

Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation sponsor Habitat for Humanity GTA Gingerbread Build

There’s nothing like family traditions and for many, building a gingerbread house together is a special part of the holiday season.

“We’ve been coming here every year for 12 years to do this with all our grandchildren,” said Leslie Polson. “They look forward to it, they start talking about it about a month before, ‘gingerbread, gingerbread, gingerbread.'”

Her four-year-old grandson, Archie, agreed, "It’s so fun!” 

With a little imagination, some gingerbread and a whole lot of frosting, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation helped build big dreams for families as this year’s presenting sponsor of the Habitat for Humanity GTA Gingerbread Build. The event brings loved ones together to build gingerbread houses. Proceeds from the sale of gingerbread kits go to helping Habitat build homes in the Greater Toronto Area.

“We’re delighted to be the presenting sponsor of this event,” said Sherry MacDonald, President and CEO of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation. “This initiative helps make families’ dreams of better opportunities for their children come true. This is aligned with our own mission of helping families make post-secondary education possible by helping them take advantage of programs like the Canada Learning Bond.”

“We’re thrilled to have CST as our presenting sponsor of Gingerbread Build. This relationship between Habitat and CST goes back seven years and it’s such a smart relationship, because CST is all about families invest and build a better future for their children and Habitat is about building better future for children,” said Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA. See her message here.

CST Volunteers joined in the fun and shared information about the Canada Learning Bond at the Habitat for Humanity GTA Gingerbread Build.

Check out CST's Facebook Live post from the Gingerbread Build

For the past seven years, CST volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to join Habitat in building homes in communities across the Greater Toronto Area. This is the first year as presenting sponsor at the Gingerbread Build which was held for the first time in Toronto City Hall over the weekend of December 3, 2016.

750 families attended the event at Toronto City Hall over the course of the weekend.

Toronto Mayor John Tory attended the event as well, spending time with families.

Families enjoying the gingerbread build with Sherry, Ene, Toronto Mayor John Tory and of course, Santa Claus!

Sherry learning about the art of gingerbread decorating from Nathan who has attened the Gingerbread Build with his family for many years.

"It's a really good cause," said Polson as she and other families enjoyed covering gingerbread houses with candies along with the kids. The partnership is a sweet connection to helping families' dreams for a better future come true.

Building gingerbread houses together is a special time for many families. 4 year old Archie says the trick is to "use a lot of candy".

Confectionary creativity comes to life in this holiday tradition that helps families in the community.