Maria Esteves

Founder, Maria Esteves

Founder, Maria de Fatima EstevesMaria Esteves has held positions in the banking, medical, governmental and entrepreneurial fields prior to being diagnosed with Lupus Erythematosus 39 years ago.

For the past 34 years Maria has been involved in a great number of volunteer efforts by implementing, organizing and promoting extremely successful events in fundraising to promote awareness of child poverty and hunger in our communities.

Her passion for children and Christmas started the journey to help even more and she founded, with the loving support of her husband Henry and their daughter Silvie, the all volunteer run, non-profit charity Breakfast With Santa Foundation.

With time, she realized her charity could do much more to reach hungry children in need than just at Christmas time.  Breakfast With Santa Foundation started programs feeding hungry children throughout the year, including the summer months.

An avid cook, Maria wrote a cook book based on traditional Portuguese cuisine.  A children’ short story is in the works.

Maria has been recognized for her work in volunteerism in the House of Commons, has received several awards with the latest being the Absolutely Fabulous Women over 40 and The Brilliant Minded Women Charity of the Year Award.