Twenty-two years and counting! Celebrating the company’s 22nd annual Community Partnership Day, approximately 500 Novartis Canada employees volunteered their time and energy, helping out in a wide variety of activities and projects in non-profit community groups across Quebec and Ontario. Over 23,900 Novartis employees across six continents and 58 countries supported non-profit and local organizations, their contribution representing more than 191,200 hours of combined community service.
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, in collaboration with Lorraine-Noelle Pellicone, Corporate Communications Agent and the Novartis Corporate Communications Team.
“We had a total of 160 associates volunteer at 12 sites – Moisson Montreal; Tyndale St-Georges; Saint-Antoine 50+ Centre; Welcome Hall Mission; Montreal Oral School; Le Nichoir; WIAIH’s Angelman Centre, Valois Residence, and the Pat Roberts Centre; WI Palliative Care Residence; WI Cancer Wellness Centre; and the Salvation Army”, stated Ms Pellicone.
Moisson Montreal is one of the local community organizations that has been has been working with Volunteer West Island and Novartis for over a decade. “We are truly grateful for the support we get from Novartis employees…They help make a significant difference in the lives of the 137,000 Montrealers who face hunger,” said Richard Daneau, Executive Director at Moisson Montreal.
“It’s reassuring to know that our organization can count on a large number of people who, each year, help us gather, sort, and distribute food to those who need it most.Community Partnership Day is about giving back; that’s our mission and we are glad Novartis is part of it.”
“Community Partnership Day is a fantastic opportunity for us to give back directly to our community. It is a privilege to work alongside these groups,” said Janice Murray, President, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. “Our associates got to spend time with local organizations to work on different kinds of projects. We encourage volunteer activities with all our associates and we are very proud that many of them take part in more volunteer work throughout the year.”
This annual event symbolizes the company’s commitment to making a difference in the communities where employees live and work. Volunteer West Island and Novartis constitute a winning team!
Keller Williams recently celebrated RED DAY, a yearly tradition whereby all employees put business aside and commit to giving their time to helping others. Introduced in 2009, RED DAY – which stands for Renew, Energize and Donate – is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service.
Each year in early May, associates spend the day assisting non-profit organizations in their communities. This year the event in the West Island was organized by Amanda Fincken, Director First Impressions, in conjunction with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Program. Teams of energetic Keller Williams employees turned out to assist Moisson Montréal where their efforts were were warmly welcomed by Moisson’s staff members and Volunteer Coordinator, Marc-André Roy, who actively coordinated the activity with VWI.
“We had a great time volunteering at Moisson Montreal”, stated Ms Fincken. “It was fun to work together…and help out the community. It was also nice to learn a bit about the background of Moisson Montreal and interesting to see how many volunteers help out daily… It’s amazing how big an impact we could make as a team once we all worked together; it just goes to show you that if every person volunteered any of their time throughout the year how much more of an impact we could make on many people’s lives.
Moisson Montéeal is the largest foodbank in Canada, supplying other food banks, families, and idividuals with much-needed assisatnce. Groups of volunteers sort donations, organize inventory, assemble food packages, and distribute them among clients on a daily basis to keep this essential community service running.
The many willing hands of the Keller Williams employees helped Moisson Montreal make a difference in the communities they serve!