Community champions continue to help others

For several years, Finlayson Hospitality Partners and their ambitious teams have worked tirelessly to serve the residents of York Region through their McDonald’s restaurants. Owners Marcia and Todd Finlayson, with help from their teams, have spearheaded multiple initiatives where they have assessed the need and provided support.

While the couple agree that a key point in their restaurant operations is community relations, they’ve recently gone above and beyond to strengthen and establish new relationships, supporting frontline workers and facilitating Black Lives Matter initiatives.

“It has been a most interesting year and we are not only very proud of our crew’s operational response to the pandemic but also that our amazing team was able to do so much to help the community during this time,” said Marcia Finlayson.

Serving more than 1,000 meals to various healthcare sectors, and donating $2,000 to the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Foundation to support their COVID-19 assessment centre, the Finlaysons have truly ‘found the silver lining’ amid the pandemic by supporting the community in any way they can. In 2020 and since the onset of COVID-19, a total of $80,000 has been channeled back to the Ronald McDonald Room at Markham-Stouffville Hospital.

The McHappy Day fundraising team is in full swing for their McHappy Day 2020 campaign which has a goal of $120,000. The money raised will help support the Markham Stouffville Hospital. Your contribution to the 2020 campaign will ensure the vitality of this tremendous service to families in your community.

But the support does not stop there. Finlayson Hospitality Partners is a place where employees can feel safe, learn and grow and also a place where the Finlaysons are there to listen. With the help of restaurant manager William Letts and 3rd year Seneca College Graphic Arts student Kayla Edgar, the couple were able to bring black representation and brilliance to the forefront, putting on an art display in their restaurant windows, promoting diversity, respect and equality.

Photo: Healthcare workers holding their McDonald’s gift cards that they received from Marcia and Todd Finlayson.


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