homeless youth.


Second Cup is Canada’s largest specialty coffee retailer, operating more than 360 cafés across Canada.[1] Founded in 1975 by Tom Culligan and Frank O’Dea, Culligan eventually purchased O’Dea’s shares. After building it to a 150-store chain, he sold it in 1988 to Michael Bregman.

As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Khalil Al Gawad took Second Cup public in 1993 and in 2002, sold the company to Cara Operations Limited.[2]

On November 16, 2006, Cara sold it to Dinecorp Hospitality Inc. Dinecorp which was controlled by former Cara CEO Gabe Tsampalieros, who became chairman of Second Cup. Gabe died on March 11, 2009 after battling a blood disorder[3].The Trademark Rights were subsequently split between Canada (The Second Cup Ltd.) and International (The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc.). Stacey Mowbray leads the Canadian company (Second Cup Ltd) and Jim Ragas leads the International company (The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc.).[4]

All Canadian Second Cup locations offer free wireless internet access, with the exception of The Home Depot locations.[5]

When All You Have Is Hope

Book Description

For entrepreneur Frank O’Dea, it was a long road from street life to the high life. Born in Montreal to an upper-middle-class family, Frank’s life took a downturn as a young man when he was sexually assaulted by a priest. He began drinking at an early age, smashing up 17 cars. Soon he was destitute, living in degradation on the streets of Toronto. By way of a sympathetic employer and the Salvation Army, O’Dea quit drinking and started a small business that developed into the Second Cup coffee chain. Over the years, his philanthropic activities extended to AIDS fundraising, child literacy in the Third World, and landmine removal. His message is simple: HOPE, VISION, ACTION.

From the Author

John Lawrence Reynolds is the author of eight non-fiction books, including the award-winning Free Rider: How a Bay Street Whiz Kid Stole and Spent $20 Million and six mystery novels. He has also won two Arthur Ellis Awards (for best mystery novel) and a National Magazine Award. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.
we all go through stuff………..there is a light at the end of the tunnel……….you have to believe that things will get better:)))  ~ Vaq



John Rennie High School Food Drive

CBC Montreal is proud to partner with the students and staff of John Rennie High School who are attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest food drive. All proceeds collected go to Dans la rue, a community-based organization that works with street kids and at risk-youth founded by Father Emmett John “Pops” in 1988.

The current record stands at 509,163lbs. Picture roughly 18 tractor trailers of canned soup!

Here’s a story CBC Montreal did on the project. In September 2011, the Guinness Book team will be coming to John Rennie. Until then, the students and staff are working hard to collect food and funds. If you’d like to get involved or give to this project online, you can do so please visit John Rennie’s Guinness Book page


~ Vaq


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