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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Ted Moroz, Prez of Ontario Beer Store and Team Make a Difference

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This evening I received a note from Ted Moroz, President of the Beer Store system in Ontario. He was recounting the reasons that he and his team engage in an annual fundraising effort for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. I will let you read it for yourself. It is a terrific reflection on how we can make a difference for those in need. Thanks for sharing Ted and thanks for letting me share on our blog. Cheers to the difference that you and the employees and customers of the Beer Store continue to make.

Here it is…

“Why do I raise funds to fight Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Blood Cancers?

A couple of years ago, while participating in our annual “Returns for Leukemia” bottle drive at the Alliston Beer Store, I noticed members of our team approach a mom and her little boy, who were beginning to pile empties on a cart, to explain what we were doing – collecting empty beer, wine and liquor containers and cashing them in to donate to blood cancer research. The mom replied that her young son, who we figured was about 9 or 10, had just spent several hours cleaning up the garage and gathering up the empties so the refund coming back was rightfully his. We smiled understandingly and started to help them with the empties regardless. We were out of earshot, but saw the little boy tug on his mom’s sleeve and she bent down to speak with him. The mom rose to look at us with a tear in her eye and she relayed that her little boy had a friend at school who was sick with Leukemia and he wanted to donate these empties to help his friend.

A few months ago, a very close friend and one of the best bosses I ever had buried his son after he lost his battle with Lymphoma. I don’t think any parent should ever have to bury her or his own child and experience such unbearable agony.

There is an employee at our Brampton distribution centre by the name of Chris Bidner. And Chris’s wife Jane is also a beer store employee and 12R24 member who works at one of our Guelph locations. Besides being all round nice people, Chris and Jane have always been big supporters of our annual fundraising campaigns and Chris is a real go-getter when it comes to raising the bar and encouraging his co-workers at Brampton DC to help out. Chris and Jane’s four year-old grandson Nevan has been diagnosed with Leukemia and will endure treatments for the next 2 years.

Last year at the Quarter Century meeting, a celebration we have for employees upon achieving twenty five years of service, I ran into Jim Silva and his wife Margaret. Jim is a store manager in Toronto. Margaret went on to tell me how proud she was that her husband’s company, along with UFCW Local 12R24, raised so much for Leukemia research. Their 18 year old daughter Samantha, who had just started school at the University of Guelph, and had made the Lacrosse team, had been diagnosed with Leukemia. Samantha is in remission thanks to the advances of modern day research and returned to Guelph last year helping her Lacrosse team make it to the finals. Jim also wanted to pass along how vitally important it is to donate blood.

So why do I help raise funds for Leukemia research? I do it so little kids can just be little kids and not have to worry or see their friends have leukemia. I do it so parents do not have to bury their children who have succumbed to the awful diseases. I do it so Jane and Chris Bidner can watch their grandchild grow and other four year olds do not have to go through multiple years of chemotherapy. I do it so that Jim and Margaret can cheer on Samantha and her lacrosse team. That’s why.

This past year, The Beer Store and Local 12R24 raised over $1.7 million in the fight against blood cancers. Next year’s campaign is officially underway and I am going to once again run a half marathon (21K) to help out and raise money for the fight.

If you have already made a donation to someone on our team or your company has already donated then I apologize for sending this to you. Thank you and by all means “delete’. But if you have not donated and would like to make a donation to support my participation in Team In Training and help advance LLSC’s mission, that would be greatly appreciated. I hope you’ll visit my web site. Cheers and thank you for your support!

Ted Moroz

You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below:

Ted’s Pledge Page

You will receive an email confirmation, along with your tax receipt for your donation and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation. I thank you in advance for your support, and really appreciate your generosity!!”

Thanks Ted ! @MolsonFerg



Monday, March 11th, 2013

Chapman Mills Pedestrian Bridge Nearing Completion

Last year through Molson Coors Community Cheer, the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation received a $30,000 grant to help build a new pedestrian bridge across an inlet of the Rideau River.

With a few more tweaks, this 35-metre bridge will be available for public use and complete a hiking trail network in one of the busiest conservation trails in Ottawa. “The community now has a permanent pedestrian link to the 12 km network of lovely forest, wetland and field trails right in the middle of the burgeoning southern Ottawa area,” says Charles Billington, Executive Director of RVCF.

Chapman Mills Pedestrian Bridge

The bridge was delivered on March 6th in two pieces with a lot of work still to be done. One of the nearby streets had to be closed for a few hours in the night for specialists to reassemble it. Then just after midnight, the new bridge was swung into place with a giant crane.

“As much as this project was out of our comfort zone, it was the best example of collaboration I have ever experienced. Everybody took their part and did a bang up job,” said Kristy Giles, Conservation Lands Manager for RVCA.

Photo via Manotick MessengerChapman Mills Pedestrian Bridge

This is a shining example of what we can accomplish when we all come together with a common goal to build a positive community. Kyle Robertson, Sales Representative at Molson Coors, is just one of many who are looking forward to traversing on the new bridge: “Being a dog owner and active community supporter, this project is a very exciting one. Not only does it allow for permanent exposure to the beautiful sights and sounds around the Rideau, but it helps promote more active lifestyles in the community which is incredibly important.”

Charles Billington also sent his thanks to the team at Molson Coors and the 250 people who cheered for the project during “Cheering Phase” that took place early last year. “We are delighted with the result and I hope you can share our pride in bringing this amazing new feature to the outdoor walking facilities in the area.”

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Family Day Weekend

Greetings to you and yours on this early Sunday morning (ET) of what is known in three provinces in Canada as “Family Day Weekend”. Tomorrow is a day granted as a statuatory holiday to spend time with family, recharge batteries, take in the art gallery, museum, local fascination that you’ve never seen before. Since I’m in Detroit at a hockey tournament with my son’s Midget Junior team I note that it is also “President’s Day” tomorrow, being the third Monday of February and marking a holiday in the US. Like in Canada it is perhaps one of those days to just be home to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the day in what ever special way you might have in mind for you and the family. Some may travel, some may catch up, some may get their place straightened out in aniticipation of spring around the corner. Regardless it is a reminder for us (for me anyway) that all we do is really about family. So a toast to you and yours on this family day weekend in Ontario Canada. May you enjoy being with those around you or just connecting with those in your family that may be distant but just a phone call or click away. Cheers…and how will you be spending your family day weekend ? @MolsonFerg

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Molson Coors lève son verre au dynamisme de la communauté de Sherbrooke!

Patinoire à Sherbrooke Patinoire à Sherbrooke 1
Patinoire à Sherbrooke 2

Le coup d’envoi des festivités du marché de Noël de Sherbrooke a été donné au début décembre que déjà des milliers de Sherbrookois ont eu la chance de patiner sur le tout nouveau sentier glacé réfrigéré.

L’obtention d’un don de 75 000 $ de Molson Coors a en effet pavé la voie à ce projet unique qui en sera à son premier hiver. D’une longueur de 154 mètres, le sentier glacé situé entre l’Hôtel Times et le lac des Nations s’ajoute aux nombreuses attractions de ce coin de la ville déjà fort intéressant, particulièrement durant le temps des Fêtes. L’aide de Molson Coors a en fait permis de payer le tapis réfrigéré qui sert de base au sentier.

Le projet en entier est évalué à 170 000 $ « Le tapis, c’est la surface sur laquelle nous arrosons pour pouvoir patiner par la suite. Son avantage, c’est qu’il se construit à l’aide de blocs, un peu du même type que les blocs LEGO. Cette façon de faire nous permet de construire n’importe quelle surface et d’assurer une belle surface glacée peu importe les caprices de Dame Nature », a expliqué Frédéric Farrugia, président de la Corporation du marché de Noël de Sherbrooke.

La patinoire réfrigérée est ainsi l’un des 21 projets retenus à travers le pays par Molson Coors, et a obtenu le montant maximal alloué par le programme avec 75 000 $, ce qui démontre bien la qualité du projet et le dynamisme de la communauté. « Par sa contribution de 75 000 $, Molson Coors est fière d’avoir été l’instigateur qui a su rallier différents partenaires, dont la ville de Sherbrooke, dans la réalisation de ce projet exceptionnel. Ensemble, levons notre verre au dynamisme et à la passion de la communauté Sherbrookoise » a souligné Olivier-Paul St-Germain, représentant chez Molson Coors, lors de l’inauguration de la patinoire.

Pour connaitre les activités de la Corporation du marché de Noël de Sherbrooke :


Thursday, November 8th, 2012

A toast to the Chapman Mills pedestrian bridge!

Photo via the Manotick Messenger

Back in June, Kyle Robertston (Molson Coors Sales Rep) presented a $30,000 donation on behalf of Molson Coors Community Cheer to the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation. The money is going towards the building of a new pedestrian bridge spanning across an inlet of the Rideau River.

On Sunday, Kyle organized a huge celebration with the community complete with great food, live music and even a special beer cocktail sampling session! Word is the event was fantastic and everyone enjoyed beer cocktails like the Miller Chill Mojito, Blossom Shandy and M-Bellini.

Construction of the new 35-metre bridge is planned for late Fall, and after it’s built, it will complete one of the busiest conservation trails in Ottawa!