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.
Meals on Wheels (MOW) is a volunteer-driven program that promotes quality of life and breaks isolation by providing security checks and a home-cooked, nutritious hot meals to home-bound or isolated seniors and to those with reduced autonomy.
“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”.
Keller Williams recently celebrated RED DAY – a yearly tradition whereby employees put business aside and commit to giving their time to helping others – at Moisson Montréal, Canada’s largest food bank, supplying other food banks, families, and idividuals with much-needed assistance. Introduced in 2009, RED DAY – Renew, Energize and Donate – is Keller Williams Realty’s annual day of service where associates spend the day assisting non-profit organizations in their communities.
The volunteer initiative in the West Island was coordinated at the company level by Angela Carter-Norris, Director of Broker Services, in collaboration with Volunteer West Island’s Corporate Volunteer Recruitment Program.
“When you enter the warehouse of Moisson Montreal, the first thing that truly makes an impression is just HOW MUCH food they distribute! The staff were very nice and we had a great experience.” – Angela Carter-Norris
Volunteers sort donations, organize inventory, assemble food packages, and distribute them among clients on a daily basis to keep this essential community service running.
“It’s incredible how much food would actually go to waste if it weren’t for organizations like Moisson Montreal.” – KW Prestige Real-Estate Agent
KW volunteers were warmly welcomed by Moisson’s staff members and Volunteer Coordinator Axelle Delaplace. The many willing hands of the Keller Williams employees helped Moisson Montreal make a difference!
RED DAY at Keller Williams means volunteers for the community!