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!
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