One sure and encouraging sign of spring is the advent of the Novartis volunteers in the community! Celebrating the 23rd annual Novartis Community Partnership Day, over 400 Novartis Canada employees joined their colleagues around the world to give back to their communities through volunteer work. This volunteer effort spanned six continents and 53 countries and represented more than 100,000 hours of combined community service in support of local non-profit organizations.
“Community Partnership Day is a great opportunity for us to give back”, said Christian Macher, newly-appointed President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. “I am very proud to kick off one of my first days as President supporting the communities where we live and work. Together with all Novartis associates, I feel privileged to volunteer for these invaluable organizations and to participate in this inspiring day”.
Locally this annual event is organized at the company level by Communication Coordinator Lorraine-Noelle Pellicone, in collaboration with the Volunteer West Island (VWI) Corporate Volunteer Program. Dorval-based Novartis volunteers helped out in a variety of ways, such as building, cleaning, painting, cooking, baking, sorting and organizing inventory, gardening and so forth at non-profit organizations across Montreal and the West Island. Among these were Animatch, Héritage Laurentien, Le Nichoir, Omega Community Resources, Salvation Army, Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre, Welcome Hall Mission, and West Island Cancer Wellness Centre.
Smiles were everywhere in evidence. Community groups look forward to the annual visit of the Novartis volunteer teams! Kathleen Greenfield, Coordinator of Community Relations and Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator at VWI, stated. “Novartis employees often return on their own to volunteer with the groups they first get to know through Community Partnership Day. They also encourage their friends and even their children. The groups eagerly welcome back the teams from Novartis and are very appreciative of their help”.
Ms Pellicone summed up, “Community Partnership Day symbolizes the company’s commitment to return more to society and make a difference in the communities where associates live and work”.