This year marks the 21st annual Novartis Community Partnership Day, coinciding with the anniversary of the company’s founding. Over 24,500 Novartis employees in 52 countries participated in a wide range of volunteer activities to support communities where their offices are located.
The volunteer placements in the West Island, Montreal, and off-island are organized annually for the Dorval-based Novartis head office through Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Program. VWI worked again in collaboration with Lorraine-Noelle Pellicone, Corporate Communications Agent and the Novartis Corporate Communications Team.
Over 120 enthusiastic company volunteers lent a hand at nine community groups that provide crucial services to residents. These included Le Nichoir; l’Armée du salut; Héritage Laurentien; Moisson Montreal; Omega Community Resources; WIAIH; Welcome Hall Mission; West Island Cancer Wellness Centre; West Island Palliative Care Residence. In addition, they collected used printer cartridges and phones to finance guide dogs for the MIRA Foundation, toiletries and other items for residents of the long-term care facility Denis-Benjamin Viger, and prom dresses and accessories for underprivileged high school seniors for the group Fées Marraines.
“Community Partnership Day is an important day for each one of us at Novartis. The event allows us to contribute to some of the many vital community organizations and causes that form such an important part of our social fabric,” stated Janice Murray, President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. “We are very gratified to know that many [employees] go above and beyond by taking part in more volunteer work in their communities throughout the year.”
The Coordinator of VWI’s Corporate Volunteer Program concurred: “Volunteering in community groups familiarizes Novartis employees with a variety of front-line services many people don’t realize exist and provides the non-profit organizations with added visibility. Volunteers often return on their own, or through our Individual and Youth Volunteer Recruitment programs to help the groups they first encountered on the Community Partnership Day,
“Novartis associates are very proud to take part in our annual Community Partnership Day. This year, our associates provided volunteer support to nine remarkable community organizations in the Montreal area. We couldn’t organize this day without the invaluable help of Volunteer West Island who play a critical role in connecting us with the organizations. We look forward to continuing this important partnership for many years to come”, stated Katrina Lucking, Head of Country Communications and Pharma Corporate Communications, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
On Rock Community Services will be receiving a special delivery from FedEx on a regular basis: rotating teams of enthusiastic FedEx volunteers are providing much appreciated assistance at On Rock’s twice-weekly Diner.
“Each of us at our department – we are a staff of six – will try to help out at On-Rock at least once a month going forward, stated Adam Paterno who is coordinating this volunteer outreach in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program.
Kim Reid, President and Founder of on Rock Community Services, explained that the Community Diner is one of programs On Rock offers. The Diner is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00pm and provides a low cost meal to all who come, combining a healthy mid-week supper with the opportunity to socialize.
Steven Malboeuf, Volunteer Coordinator at the Diner, was happy to answer questions and provide helpful details. He warmly welcomed members of the FedEx team, integrating them seamlessly into the workings of the popular program.
In the words of the FedEx volunteers, it was “an amazing time, and it was a privilege to be able to give back to the great people in our city, and participate with like minded individuals who shared a common goal of providing assistance and time to those in need. This is definitely a place we would love to go back to!”