The People Who Make It Happen
There are a few key people behind the scenes who work very hard to make sure that you get top quality product. These people deserve recognition for their hard work, and we want you to know a bit more about them. So we’re laying it all out for you on our website - no skeletons in these closets(That I know of anyways)!
Alvin founded this mill in the 1950s, and at that time it was called Scheresky Mill. He has a lifetime of knowledge on grains, soil, health and lifestyle in his head. Without his dedication, there would not be a Daybreak Mill today.
In the beginning, Alvin was growing, cleaning, milling, packaging AND delivering all of the products at the mill. He would load up his truck, and head out West stocked with grains, flours and cereals. He always came back with an empty truck, and was always able to make a living doing this. Things have changed in 60 years - today we use trucking services to deliver our grains, but we still grow, clean, mill, and package all of our products right here on the farm. Alvin started this company with the values of honesty, integrity, and quality and we carry on with these same values today.
I talk to Alvin frequently, and he is always happy to share his knowledge with me. We talk a lot about soil health, creating healthy products, the health problems facing our world today, and the value of good quality food. He is a mentor and an inspiration to me. I still have customers from his time that have carried on using our grains, because they got to know Alvin and his products in the beginning and have been loyal ever since.
Alvin Scheresky is featured in the Saskatchewan Encyclopedia as a pioneer of organics. You can find out more information about him by clicking here.
Brock & Sheila Aspinall
Brock is the man who makes all of our flours and cereals. He has been working here since August of 2006 down in the mill room, making the magic happen. He makes sure that everything we sell is top quality, and does a great job of this. There are piles of skids down at the mill full of product, and it never ceases to amaze me that he somehow keeps it all organized. He is our resident “Mill Man” and we’re very lucky to have him. Any Daybreak Mill products that you receive, he has created.
Brock lives here on the farm with his wife Sheila and their two young sons Josiah and Ethan. Josiah is always full of smiles and stories, and he brings a lot of joy to the farm. He and Ethan are keeping their mother very busy! Sheila is always willing to help out when she is needed but being a mother is a full time job and that is her main priority. They have a very happy little family out here in the country and are a great part of the Daybreak team.
Jolie has been working with us since early this spring and she is an incredible asset to the Daybreak team. She grew up on a farm and still lives on a farm now so she's not afraid of hard work. The country life has an obvious influence on her in many ways - she's a tough cookie with a soft centre. Sort of like a chewy peanut butter cookie in the best kind of way! She has a very positive yet realistic view of the world.
She is a gal that's up for any job, whether it's packaging flour, picking rocks or cleaning grain bins. She has said a few times that every day is the best day at the mill, and her positive attitude is contagious. It's rare to see Jolie without a smile on her face or a joke up her sleeve so it's real easy to be happy in her presence. She works mostly in the packaging room with Kaylah, and they share many, many laughs in there. We always joke that we have the happiest flour around! She is also a skilled photographer, and has been taking lovely photos for us. She went to school for photography in Kelowna and spent a year there learning all kinds of things about cameras and photo shop. She's been a great help with all things website and social media and most of our recent photos are hers. She originally started working at the mill part time helping with packaging, but her role at the mill is evolving and changing. She's now our main photographer, along with helping handle office and packaging duties, and who knows what else we might find for her in the future!
Jolie is a very health conscious person and cares deeply about the world around us. She makes conscientious choices about what she puts in and on her body and this is an attitude that we all share at the mill. She is an absolute pleasure to be around and we are so happy to have her on our team!
Kaylah started working with us in the fall of 2015. She is a local mother of two who was looking for some part time work. It has been a great fit! Kaylah started coming out a couple days a week to help with preparing and delivering small orders. Since then, she has taken on more responsibility and now manages our order desk. She is a pleasure to work with and we are so happy to have her.
Kaylah and I have been friends for over 10 years now. She can be classified as a non-committal hippie. She loves baking, crafting and all things homemade. She has an attitude towards life of simplicity and love and this makes her a joy to be around. She is a whiz in the kitchen, so she has also been helping to develop new recipes for our website. It's not unusual for her to come in to work with samples of new cookies, meat pies, or pastries that she's whipped up. We have many laughs together in the packaging room and in the kitchen. Kaylah is one of those rare people that I can talk with about religion, politics, spirituality and other controversial topics with ease. Even with differing opinions, there is respect and mutual understanding in our conversations.
When Kaylah first started working with us, I didn't realize what a blessing she would be. She now manages our orders with such efficiency that it allows me the freedom to work on new projects. I tend to be very dreamy at times, and she helps me keep my feet on the ground. She's the perfect fit for the job!
Kelsey started working with us in November 2015. She helps Brock in the cleaning plant with loading, cleaning and bagging grain. Kelsey is a hard worker with a heart of gold and we are so happy to have her. She grew up on a farm so she is familiar with the type of work she does here. Although she appears small and sweet, she's not to be underestimated! She is quite strong and handles our heavy bags of grain with ease.
Kelsey works here three days a week, and the rest of the time she keeps very busy. She also works part time at our local Nutters, is a certified yoga teacher, registered holistic nutritionist, trained in reiki and reflexology, and is a huge lover of animals. She has a passion for health and happiness that shows through clearly in the way she carries herself. She can be classified as a free spirited woman with the heart of a hippie. Kelsey is easy going, but also not afraid to speak her mind when necessary. Many of her values and beliefs are similar to those that we strive to put into our work here. She is a very welcome addition to our team!
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I took over ownership of Daybreak Mill in January 2012, after working here for just short of a year. Although sometimes I still can’t believe this is actually what I do, not a day goes by that I don’t have at least one moment that makes me appreciate how much I love my life. I grew up on an organic farm – it’s the only way of farming I have ever known. I helped out minimally with the farming growing up, moving cows, or picking rocks, or begging to go for horse rides. The horses were my favorite part of the farm. I lost interest in the farming probably sometime around my high school years, and after I graduated I had this idea that I needed to go somewhere else to be happy. So I moved to the ‘big city’ for a year, came home but still wasn’t satisfied, so left again for some time in BC and then overseas. Spending that time away from home and away from the country life made me realize how much it’s a part of me, and how much I do love it here in Southeast Saskatchewan.
When I got home from my travels, I started farming with my dad but it was winter and there is not much farming to be done in the winter months. He sent me out to the mill one day to pick up some product, and Ray asked me if I wanted a job. The rest is pretty much history!
I want to continue to supply you with the same high quality, nutritious products that Ray & Marianne did, and that Alvin did before them. I believe strongly in organic practices that are good for the earth and am humbled and awed by the opportunities that have been presented to me in the organic farming industry.
Ray & Marianne Aspinall
Ray & Marianne spent 9 years working to make Daybreak Mill what it is today. They worked hard to make Daybreak a successful business. Although they are not a part of our staff any longer, I feel that they still deserve credit because without them, there would be no Daybreak Mill.
In 2012, Ray & Marianne made the decision to semi-retire. They handed over the reins of responsibility to me (Nicole) in January, and did some travelling and mission work through the cold months of winter. They returned to Saskatchewan for the summer months so Ray could continue farming, and he still grows some of the grains that we sell. Ray grew millet and barley for us last year. Him and Marianne moved out to High River, Alberta in the fall and are enjoying their semi-retirement.
In my time working with Ray & Marianne, I have learned so much. There is always more to learn but they are both very knowledgeable about organics, and Ray is very much a seasoned farmer with years of experience under his belt. Marianne is wonderful in the kitchen, and many of our recipes come from her kitchen. They both believe strongly in good, organic products, living on the same path as nature and caring for the environment around them. Ray is very aware of soil and plant health throughout the growing season, making sure that our products are healthy and nutrient rich. They are both health conscious in their eating and lifestyle choices, and this mindset shows through in the company that they have built. They are both more than willing to share their knowledge and I am very grateful to them for all they have done for Daybreak Mill, and for me.