We are committed to giving back to our community and take our corporate social responsibility very seriously. We have a long history of dedicating time and resources to a variety of organizations.
NEW WATER SYSTEM FOR SCHOOL AND ORPHANAGE IN KENYA
In December 2017, we partnered with an orphanage and boarding school in Kenya to install a new water supply system. The facility is located on the outskirts of the City of Eldoret in northwest Kenya. The municipal water supply serves the facility, but service was intermittent at best, and during the dry season, no water could be provided. In 2014, the school installed a dug well. Water was withdrawn with a bucket and a rope, which created both health and safety and water quality issues.
Staff from our Ottawa office pitched in to purchase a full solar-powered system, which included a pump, controller, new water tower, solar panels and a full treatment system (TSS removal and UV disinfection). With some of our staff on site, we commissioned the system. The solar power system provides more than enough power for the water system and plans are in place for additional lights and other appurtenances at the school.
Charity of Choice
We recognized that if we focused our corporate social responsibility efforts on a single organization for a year, we could have a larger impact on the community. We created the Charity of Choice, a program that solicits employee suggestions on which organization to support.
Our Charity of Choice for 2021 was Kerr Street Mission, an organization transforming lives by serving people in Oakville living in economic, social and spiritual poverty. Through diverse programs, they have been making a positive difference in the lives of families, seniors, socially isolated adults, youth and children in their community. We donated 8 dozen Smile Cookies to Kerr Street Mission to support Food4Kids Halton. All proceeds from our Smile Cookies and those purchased at Tim Hortons in Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills went to their organization.
Our Charity of Choice for 2019 was YWCA Toronto, a charity that helps women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. They offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; they also engage in systemic advocacy.
Our Charity of Choice for 2018 was Canadian Mental Association York and South Simcoe, a voluntary organization that promotes mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Our Charity of Choice for 2017 was Food4Kids, an organization that provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 4-14 years with limited or no access to food each weekend. We donated proceeds from our annual golf tournament, which helped feed more than 400 children in the Halton region who struggle each weekend without food.
In 2016 we named LifeCorps Food Share, an organization that collects and distributes food to food banks and other agencies across the GTA, as our Charity of Choice. Proceeds from our annual golf tournament went towards helping LifeCorps Food Share purchase an additional truck, which will increase their capacity to deliver food six-fold. We also had an employee contest to see who could donate the most food.
In 2015 we named Nora’s House, a respite home for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, as our Charity of Choice. Proceeds from our annual golf tournament went towards helping Nora’s House renovate their kitchen, and we created a team to participate in the Walk for Memories. We also formed a team to help re-plant the garden at the house, which had been destroyed by an insect infestation. We were also proud to support the Forget Me Not Gala in January 2016.
Nora’s House Planting Day
In 2014, we named Interim Place, an organization that has been providing shelter and support services for women in the Peel region who face violence, as our Charity of Choice. Proceeds from our annual golf tournament went towards Interim Place. We participated in the Steps to End Violence Walk and had a clothing/gift drive during the holiday season. We also participated in the 3rd and 4th Annual Rays of Hope Gala.
We have been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity for a number of years and have participated in Habitat for Humanity Build Day at various sites around the GTA.
Habitat for Humanity Build Day