United Way partners with The London Chef for Spooktacular Witches’ Finger Cookie Making Workshop

October 20, 2020 / by United Way

This Halloween make Witches’ Fingers Cookies for your family and help raise some dough for United Way’s Imagination Library project

Victoria, BC (Oct 20, 2020) – United Way Greater Victoria (UWGV) is excited to partner with The London Chef (Dan Hayes), along with the creator of Witches’ Finger Cookies, Emilie Dore, UWGV team member, for a fun, interactive, online event for the whole family in order to benefit United Way’s Imagination Library project.

A ‘lunch and learn’ for the Spooktacular Witches’ Finger Cookie Making Workshop is the next installment in UWGV’s Local Love Cafe webinar series and will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020 from noon -1pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

During the exclusive workshop, Emilie will share the secret to making her Witches’ Finger Cookie recipe that was first featured in Canadian Living Magazine and has become one of their most requested recipes.

Additionally, celebrity chef Dan Hayes, The London Chef will create a savory coffin crostini with caramelized onions and parmesan cheese that will put your taste buds under a spell.

As a guest, all you will need to do is sit back and enjoy the cooking experience as a special video link will be provided to you afterwards so you can make the cookies at your leisure. You could make it a family affair!

“I am really excited to be part of this upcoming fundraiser for the Imagination Library. I am a big supporter of United Way and its various programs and projects but this is one of the most exciting endeavors yet. I love reading to my girls and fully appreciate the value of kids being exposed to reading and books as much as possible. If I can be part of bringing some of the magic of reading into people’s homes I am all for it,” said Dan Hayes, London Chef.

Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the Imagination Library project, a community based early literacy book-gifting program that aims to boost literacy and parental bonding. In the program, children under the age of five in the CRD will have access to an exciting new book delivered to their home each month.

“Through research, we know that children who are read to and then develop a love of books at an early age, are at a significant advantage as they enter school and are therefore better positioned for a lifetime of possibilities,” said Mark Breslauer, CEO at UWGV.

By helping to fund the Imagination Library, we’re helping to prepare children for school and in turn helping one of society’s most essential workers – teachers.

“Teachers are an incredibly important part of our children’s lives, and given the current COVID-19 pandemic, there are more complexities to deal with,” said Breslauer. “We expect this initiative can help position many for success.”

The first five years lay the foundation for a child’s life. No child should be left behind. Your donations can make a real difference.


About United Way Greater Victoria

United Way is a trusted leader, influencer and catalyst for change. In response to COVID-19, we are focusing our efforts on urgent community needs such as mental health outreach services and counselling, meals and companionship for isolated seniors, and essentials for families in need. United, we accelerate change to improve the lives of our neighbours who need it most, making our local community stronger. We believe everyone in Greater Victoria should have the opportunity to reach their potential. Our vision is to build a safe and resilient community where happiness and belonging connect us. Last fiscal year United Way raised $4.7 million thanks to over 7,000 donors and over 250 workplaces opening their offices to run employee giving programs. These funds allowed United Way to support over 90,000 people. Show your local love today by making a gift to United Way at uwgv.ca.

Media Contact
Heather Skydt
United Way Greater Victoria
Director Marketing and Communications
Mobile: 250-686-3606
Office: 250-984-2269