A Chilliwack-based travel agency servicing first responders and frontline workers has launched a cookbook leading up to Christmas.
Vacations For Heroes released its 85-recipe book Cooking With Heroes at the beginning of December as a way to bring new dishes into peoples homes all while raising money for Wounded Warriors Canada.
“All the recipes are submitted by clients. We’re all intertwined somehow with RCMP, military, nurses, doctors,” said Lindsay Schile, manager and groups coordinator.
Vacations For Heroes has been booking dream vacations for families of first responders, police, military and teachers for more than 20 years. It is a subsidiary of CM Travel Ltd. which was founded by retired RCMP inspector, Jack Skrine, and his wife, Connie, who has owned a travel agency for 17 years.
There are more than 26,000 Vacations For Heroes members across Canada and into the U.S. and it’s some of those members who submitted their recipes for the cookbook.
“For most of the recipes, it’s either something that came from their family heritage that meant something to them, or something they picked up along the way as far as their travels are concerned,” Schile said.
Included with many of the recipes are photos, and some even include back stories such as the person’s military history.
The travel agency and its members are like a family, she said. They’re all connected in their line of work and the agency takes “great pride” in servicing its clients.
But COVID-19 has hit them hard.
“The current quarantine restrictions have wreaked havoc on the tourism industry,” Schile said.
Cooking With Heroes is their way to stay connected to their members, bring in some money for the company and give back at the same time.
The profits from the cookbook will be split between the Chilliwack-based business and Wounded Warriors Canada.
Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health service provider and a charity which supports Canada’s ill and injured veterans, armed forces members, first responders and their families.
Cooking With Heroes is available as an ebook ($20.99) and a paperback ($36.99).
Paperback copy: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08PJM378L
Ecookbook order form: (viewable on iPad or kindle and comes with a printable PDF and an app): https://form.jotform.com/203285365463054