Owner/Operator Deb Feaver wanted to join the McDonald’s family because of what the organization does for young adults and the community.

Deb Feaver spent the early years of her career in the corporate sector at Canadian Tire and Volkswagon before becoming a McDonald’s Owner/Operator in 2008.

“My husband and I started talking about buying a franchise and running our own business. I wanted to become an Owner/Operator because of my passion for the brand, the training and opportunity for young adults and what the organization does to support the community.”

A good friend who worked for McDonald’s convinced Deb she’d be good at it, and she eventually acquired three locations in Scarborough in December 2008.

Helping her staff thrive in their jobs is a rewarding part of Deb’s work. “They like working here, we have fun, and I am forever grateful I was accepted into the McDonald’s franchise. It is truly a great brand for those who want to embrace it.”

Deb admires the way McDonald’s uses its powerful image to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). “The brand creates awareness. And then it’s the people who really spread the goodness – both the people in the restaurants, and top down from McDonald’s Canada. Awareness of the charity is in everything we do.”

16 years ago, a close relative of Deb’s delivered her first child prematurely. “To this day, she is grateful for the opportunity she had to stay at RMHC Toronto while her son was in the ICU. We all know the great work that RMHC Toronto does, but having first-hand knowledge of how the organization helps families truly solidifies our commitment. Our family is still grateful for their support 16 years later.”

On September 22, McDonald’s restaurants across Canada celebrated McHappy Day – the largest fundraising day of the year, where proceeds from all McDonald’s sales go towards helping local RMHC Chapters. At Deb’s Scarborough locations, the celebrations were in full swing.

“We always make sure McHappy Day is supported and successful,” says Deb. “My managers bring the excitement and the importance of fundraising to the restaurants. The fundraising, the creativity of the staff and crew, and spending the day spreading awareness of RMHC’s mission – it’s all very rewarding.”

Our thanks goes out to Deb and her team for their ongoing commitment to keeping families with seriously ill children together. Find out more about the incredible support of our Owner/Operator community.