Our lives become more meaningful when we start making efforts to put a smile on someone’s face. What could be a better day than Valentine’s day to make people smile? With an intention to spread love in the community, PACE in collaboration with Warmtoes brings the third annual, ‘The Warmtoes Potluck Luncheon’ on February 14, 2017.

“Warmtoes has been a way to give back to the community.”

Warmtoes is a micro-charity that raises money to purchase socks for refugee immigrant families, homeless, and families struggling to make ends meet. It was launched in Winnipeg in 2011. The organization revolves around a simple concept of warming hearts by warming toes.


(Warmtoes, n.d.)


What makes this partnership of Warmtoes with PACE so special is that Warmtoes was launched by a PACE alumni, Rod Salm along with his family. Rod and his wife wanted to do some charitable work that their kids could be a part of. It was their daughter who initially came up with the idea of Warmtoes of reading Lily and the Paper Man by Rebecca Upjohn. “Warmtoes has been a way to give back to the community and us as parents teach our kids the importance of that.”, he says.

Rod Salm with his kids

(Facebook, n.d.)

Rod was taking the Public Relations and Marketing Management Diploma at PACE in 2014 when during a class project, the class and their PR instructor, Heather Plett, came up with the idea of collaborating PACE with this micro-charity. The PACE students participate by bringing in a home-cooked dish along with a pair of new socks. In the first Warmtoes Potluck, about 900 pairs of socks were collected.

Mekala Wickramasinghe, the student life coordinator at PACE says, “The purpose of the event is to give an opportunity to all the PACE students and staff to give back to our community, and the students love it! The fact that the first event was a student initiative and that we are continuing it makes this event a meaningful tradition and its initiators really proud. The creative ideas of the students in the planning committee makes this event unique and different every year.”

Certainly, this event holds a special place in hearts of the students and staff of PACE. Once again, this Valentine’s Day Warmtoes did warm hearts.


(Warmtoes at PACE 2017)




My hand slides around it, I hold it firmly and bring my face closer to it. Its aroma fills me up. Coffeegasm! Go grab a cup of coffee before reading this post because by the end you surely would want one.


For a lot of people coffee can just be a beverage but for some people, it is a very essential part of their lives. Those before work conversations, that nervous yet filled with excitement date conversation, friends meeting after years and gossiping. All these conversations and few cups of coffee. Love and coffee that encapsulate such bonds. Every day I see students from PACE standing in line at Tim Hortons and laughing with their friends. The thread which weaves these beautiful moments is coffee.

I wasn’t always a coffee fan but now it is something that keeps my brain and body functional. A cup of coffee and I can conquer the world. There is one place which played a major role in making coffee special for me: PACE. It has not only made coffee special for me but for all the other students as well. Every morning before entering the class, during the mid-intervals and the lunch break if there is something that is constant for most of the PACE students, it is COFFEE.



It was my first day at PACE and as I entered the classroom, I saw almost everyone with a coffee cup. I wondered if it was just a cool trend or a necessity. For me as an international student coming from India, it took me some time to understand the role of coffee in everyone’s life. After one week into this program, even I had a coffee cup to comfort me.

PACE students have three favourite spots: Tim Hortons, Stella’s and Starbucks. These coffee stations are the closest ones to PACE. All these places have their own unique coffee and coffee-derivative drinks that they serve. There are other coffee houses like the Second Cup and Thom Bargen that are also famous among the PACE students.




With time I realized that it isn’t just about coffee. It is about what kind of coffee becomes your ‘Soul Coffee’. Soul Coffee is the coffee that fills up your soul with its mesmerizing taste and aroma. It is the coffee that you swear by. You drink it every day and even do not mind drinking five times a day. It keeps you on fire the entire day.  After being in PACE for more than two months I figured out there are two kinds of coffee drinkers.


This kind of coffee drinkers that like their coffee strong. They do not like sabotaging the true flavour of coffee at any cost by adding cream, vanilla or caramel.  The darker their coffee is, the happier they are. They like adding extra shots of espresso to their coffee. If by chance they see you drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte or a French Vanilla, they wouldn’t even consider you as a coffee drinker.


These are people like me who just cannot have coffee alone. In fact, they like coffee along with milk/cream along with some chocolate/vanilla syrup etc. For them, all those mixed flavours are coffee. Irrespective of this, they remain very loyal to their cup of coffee. They will go to the same coffee station and get the same coffee every day.


Zoya Tereshchenko, PRMSC 2016)


I cannot live without coffee! Just love it. It makes me feel more relaxed in class. I love cappuccino. It is a coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with double espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam.”


Because PACE has enkindled the love for coffee in my heart, I have to talk about my favourite coffee (I mean coffee-derivative drink). It is a Tim Hortons ‘Half- French Vanilla and Half-Double Double’. It sounds weird but it is the perfect thing. It has coffee, vanilla, sugar and milk. A drink with wholesome goodness. This cup of coffee has acted as fuel for attending the  9 am to – 4 pm exhausting classes. My favourite part about coffee is its creamy texture and the way it gives a holiday candy feel. A lot of people from PACE do have French Vanilla as their favourite coffee drink. Nothing beats having a cup of your favourite coffee with your friends.

So all you folks thank PACE for the regular coffee treats in your lives and special bonds steaming out of it.



Thank you for reading  🙂

Written By:

Praneet Soni (PRMSC 2016-17)