Issue #97                       

Otsuka Volunteers Lending a Hand in the Community

Over thirty enthusiastic volunteers from Otsuka Pharmaceuticals spread out across the West Island and Montreal recently, gootsuka 1ing to lend a hand at multiple non-profit community groups.  These included West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped, West Island Cancer Wellness Centre, Volunteer West Island (itself a non-profit organization), Moisson Montreal, and Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre.

The company’s aim was for employee-volunteers to have the opportunity “to sign up for a location that matters to them” according to Kristina Ganten of Bromelin People Practices who organized this volunteer event on behalf of Otsuka and in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program.

Allison Rosenthal, General Manager, and Joanie Michel, Senior Human Resources Manager, are strong supporters of Otsuka’s Community Day.  Such a teambuilding activity illustrates the impact of putting corporate social responsibility into practice in the real world and making a difference to others.

ROTARIANS TO THE RESCUE! Montreal-Lakeshore Rotarians and Volunteer West Island: Kindred Spirits, Effective Teamwork! 

Once again members of the Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Chapter reach out a helping hand to the community, or rather many hands at the recent Welcome Hall Mission Sale.Rotary 1

Volunteering is a habit for Rotarians.  This particular volunteer initiative was arranged in collaboration with the indefatigable Brenda Scalzo, Community Chair of the Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Chapter; Tania Togias, Volunteer Coordinator for Welcome Hall Mission; and Volunteer West Island’s Corporate/Group Volunteer Recruitment Program.  If there is a need, Rotarians will be there!

Members of the Montreal Lakeshore Rotary Chapter, a valued Service Group partner of VWI, continue to be active in the West Island and Montreal areas throughout the year, helping non-profit organizations and making a difference in the community.

They collected and assembled Care & Comfort Packages, including much-needed toiletries and warm socks, for residents of CHSLD Denis-Benjamin Viger.  At Easter they provided Easter treats and lily plants.  During the summer they joined D-BV volunteers and staff at an Ice Cream Day, organized by D-B Viger Special Care Counselor Renée Mathieu.  Another summer activity where Rotarians were present was the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation’s annual Duck Race coordinated by Anne-Marie Milard.

Frequently teams of enthusiastic members of the Chapter, again organized by Brenda Scalzo in collaboration with VWI, lend a hand at Welcome Hall Mission.  Such assistance is always appreciated by Ms Togias and the Welcome Hall Team, especially at times when there was a shortage of volunteers, an increase in food and clothing donations, and a high demand for the Mission’s crucial services during frigid winter days.

Prior to Christmas teams of Rotarian-volunteers participate annually via VWI connections in the LGHF’s annual Gift Wrapping Project at Fairview Shopping Centre –wrapping customers’ purchases, all ready for gift-giving.  Donations from grateful shoppers benefit the LGH Foundation.  In addition, Rotarians are collecting food items and toys, and assembling and delivering Christmas Baskets for 12 West lsland families through the Dorval Community Centre. Lending a hand is what Roarians excel at.

 Volunteer West Island

It’s about time…

…time to help others  www.cabvwi.org


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