In 1982, the first year Evelyn Florendo volunteered to cook Christmas dinner for kids in custody at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre, one girl in particular caught her attention.
"She was only 15. She was very busy, working so hard, helping me, serving the food, cleaning up the food," said Florendo, now 81. Florendo asked a guard for the girl's name, and approached her at the end of the dinner. "I said, whatever leftovers you want, you can take them to your room."