The Mackenzie Room has always sought to effect change within the community in which we are located, as well as throughout the communities we are directly affected by. As a small team with big hearts, the clear path was always to give in the ways we were best suited to, without feeling the need to share the details as the success of our impact was determined by those who directly benefited from it. Our primary objective as a business was to cultivate the voice and lens of The Mackenzie Room - one that reflects our culinary and hospitality based goals.
Recently, as our team has grown, as our roles have evolved, we have had the space and time to create a clearer position around our charitable campaigns. Katie Jameson, one of the core partners and founders, has been working tirelessly to advocate on behalf of several foundations and initiatives that are dear to The Mackenzie Room. As such, we are lucky and grateful to welcome her to the newly created position of Charitable Director.
An explanation around the name of the restaurant, receiving a diagnosis, and pledging a life of raising awareness.
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When we chose this space Oppenheimer wasn’t full of tents, and was treated more like a backyard to everyone in the neighbourhood who had nowhere to go. It had support through city works. It was clean and safe. Now, changes to the current government has impacted the aesthetic and safety of the park. It’s no longer clean, and it’s less safe for the people who live there. The residents themselves remain engaged, grateful to have somewhere to go, and have formed a community. We continue to choose to be a part of it - though for safety reasons our interactions with it have changed.
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The Mackenzie Room is owned in part by parents who discovered that parenting can be hard! We went though various hardships with all the kids, and in our efforts to raise well-rounded kids and to be a part of a community of parents who like us, face challenges, we have made a commitment to pay forward the kindness we received and further the education that we benefitted from.
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We started our careers in the arts. Opera, theatre, music, and of course the culinary arts lead us to this exact place in our lives. Through the lens of the arts we developed a language to express our passions. The arts taught us integrity and discipline, and our love of the arts have informed our understanding of hospitality.
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Down Syndrome Awareness
Down Syndrome Awareness (why - The Mackenzie Room, mofos)
- DSN network?
-Advocacy in the form of Talks, Social Media platform, and Safe Space Creation
BC Children’s (why - parenting is scary)
- Sip and Savour
- Breast Feeding Advocacy? / Healthy messaging around parenting
Grief Counselling (wording?) (Lochlan)
Downtown Eastside Community (why - neighbourly)
- Sandwich Walk
- Political Education w/o Advocacy
- Misson Possible?
- First Aid Training for staff
Family Oriented (why - we are parents)
- YWCA, One Girl Can, Mealshare
The Arts (why - opera + theatre)
- Firehall Arts Center
All things on the left need LIVE LINKS, and ways to participate
Link to Katie’s Social Media
Donate button for some charity of our choosing —> likely should be neighbourhood related, and goes directly to a page for advocacy that has nothing to do with us (for example http://bcpovertyreduction.ca/)
Upcoming or Past event Listed, with the impact or ask