SIX NATIONS – The newest addition to the Six Nations business line-up is yet another Tim Hortons location conveniently placed along Highway 54.
The grand opening of the drive-thru focused location attracted a crowd with free draws, food samples, giveaways and a live band performance by Faron Johns Band and special guest Murray Porter on Monday, September 18.
But the benefits of the establishment have reached beyond the grand opening.
“We have created 24 more jobs for our community,” said Owner Landon Miller. “A lot of youth come through here and we had at least four or five that were 16 and under that had their first job here.”
In other words, the establishment is working to give back the support the community has given, including support to young athletes.
“We’re starting to roll out all of our programs now through the Tim Hortons franchises,” he said. “Our Timbits Hockey is starting this year, our Timbits lacrosse is starting next year and so is our Timbits baseball. Those are things that will continue for as long as we’re here.”
The Timbits Lacrosse may also be the first of its kind in Canada. But not only will young athletes receive support; the Six Nations Tim Hortons donated all proceeds of the smile cookie program to the Everlasting Tree School to help support the continuation of Haudenosaunee languages.
Chief Ava Hill noted that the establishment certainly has benefited many.
“It’s done a lot for our community,” said Hill. “We know that it’s created a lot of employment and it’s going to create more employment.”
“I think that over the summer it really helped a lot of the young people with summer employment, so we’re really grateful for that because that’s what we want. We want our young people to get employed and spend time in our community,” she said.
It is hoped that soon the same success within Ohsweken will continue for the new location.
“The success in Ohsweken has been phenomenal so this was like the next step in what we wanted to do here,” said Miller. “The support from the community has been great.”