Again this year, much to the delight of a large number of non-profit groups who welcomed them, over 100 Bristol-Myers employees celebrated their Community Day by offering their services as volunteers. This annual event was again organized in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment program, and at the company level, by Melissa-Sue Quintin, Administrative Coordinator Market Access & Public Affairs.
BMS employee-volunteers engaged in a variety of activities such as cleaning, painting, gardening, removing invasive plants and replacing them with indigenous species, repairing and, tidying aviaries, decorating, refurbishing equipment, cooking and baking, sorting donations of clothing and household items, non-perishables and produce, packing and distributing food baskets – and once again making a positive difference in their community!
Among the community organizations that benefited from the enthusiasm and generosity of the volunteers from BMS were Animatch; Héritage Laurentien; Le Nichoir; Société canadienne du cancer; Omega Community Resources; WIAIH’s Head Office, Valois Residence, and Angelman Centre; Salvation Army Booth Centre; Tyndale Community Centre; The Teapot; Welcome Hall Mission; and Moisson Montréal.
Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Program SOX FOX Campaign has been collecting socks and adapted clothing for residents at Sainte-Anne’s Hospital in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
Tania Shand, Volunteer Coordinator at Sainte-Anne’s thanked VWI, “I received my first donation of socks last week and it made many residents happy…we had another request to have some diabetic socks. They are expensive but essential and some of our residents cannot buy them”.
Fortunately, the SOX FOX has good friends and immediately contacted the Rotarians. Within a short time Brenda Scalzo, Community Service Chair for the Montreal-Lakeshore Rotary Chapter, had worked her magic and, thanks to her and the generosity of the membership, it was a done deal!
Tania Shand received a donation of much-needed socks for diabetics from Ms Scalzo and her fellow Rotarians. Happy residents. Happy FOX.
Everyone deserves to have warm feet!