Meet Wayne and Christina, the new team behind the bread at COBS Bread The Brewery District in our newest Edmonton bakery!
Wayne took a moment to share a little bit about who they are and why they chose COBS Bread. We are thrilled to welcome them to the team and eagerly await the bakery's opening for Community Day on Wednesday, December 14th!
When did you join the COBS Bread family and what inspired you to do so?
We began the journey to become COBS Bread franchisees in the Spring of 2016 and were patiently waiting and expecting to open a bakery in 2017. Things changed in hurry when we received a phone call in August that the new bakery opening in The Brewery District was available. We jumped in with both feet, earlier than expected, but full of enthusiasm. It has been literally a whirlwind of activity ever since.
What did you do before working at COBS?
Christina has always been the real entrepreneur of the two of us. She has been involved in her own businesses since she was in her twenties and continues to this day, staying busy in the pharmacy industry, where she has developed a successful career.
I grew up in the bread industry. When I was 6 years old, my Dad was a salesman for a large commercial bakery in Edmonton. During high school, I also worked there part-time and that turned into a 36-year career. I did everything one could possibly to do within the bakery and outside the bakery. Following that, I have worked for four years as an Operations Manager in the industrial area, and now, here I am, fully engaged as a COBS Bread bakery owner.
What do you enjoy the most about becoming a Franchisee? We both love the aspect of being our own boss. We did our research and knew that with COBS Bread, we would be involved in a business with a proven track record and an amazing support and training system.
The other part of the enjoyment has been finding out the overall feeling and knowledge people have about COBS Bread. While conducting job interviews for the bakery, it became quite clear people recognized COBS Bread for everything they stand for, and they wanted to be a part of that type of team.
Which charities will your bakery donate end of day products to?
We were surprised at how quickly we were in contact with local charities when we put the word out. We already have a waiting list of charities and we have had the good fortune to be able to support Hope Mission, Operation Friendship Seniors Society (OFSS), Boyle Street community Centre, and Multi Cultural Health Brokers (MCHB). We also contacted COBS Bread’s national partner, Breakfast Club of Canada and we will be supporting two schools through our End of Day Giving program.
On our community day, we will be donating 100% of sales to the Zebra Child Protection Centre, which is a program supported by a community of professionals who offer stability and support to children who are in need of familiar and friendly faces throughout their journeys.
How are you planning on getting involved with The Brewery District and Oliver community?
We planned to get totally immersed into the community thru sponsoring local events, local schools, local clubs and wherever else we feel we can help out.
A little more about you…
Between the two of us, we have four adult children aged 23-27, and one grandchild. We both enjoy our time when we can with our children but also love our time together with each other.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sometimes there’s not a lot of spare time! For many years, I was involved in coaching soccer at a high level and that kept me busy-- and also provided a lot of great memories. Now I spend my time cheering on my favorite sports teams the Oilers and Blue Jays! Christina is always busy doing something as she is one to never sit still. Full of energy and ideas, she never stops.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a professional baseball player and made it up to Triple A ball, but my fastball just wasn’t fast enough back then. Christina has always wanted to be her own boss and be successful and she has indeed accomplished that.