After attending the True Patriot Love dinner in Toronto last week in support of the families of our Military, it struck me how important it is for us to remember, and give thanks for the sacrifices made by our military. Growing up, Remembrance Day seemed to be more entrenched. Perhaps that is because we were in school and there were large assembly gatherings. Perhaps that is because of the fact that my generation would have grown up with great uncles and aunts that had fought in the Second World War. Or perhaps that parents had been part of the reserves in their youth. Another important thought is that Remembrance Day today is not only about those two World Wars, Korean War and Vietnam for which we give thanks and honour the sacrifice of the fallen or those left behind and the significance that they represent for us today. There are real day conflicts today where we continue to deploy our troops. Whether for peace keeping efforts, or in the midst of conflict, our men and women in the military fight for our freedoms. On November 11th in Canada we pause to give thanks and remembrance – the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour on the 11th day of the 11th month. The poppy is a symbol of that remembrance. Thanks to those who have served over generations and for those who continue to serve today. @MolsonFerg
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We’ve always known that being a great beer company involves more than just brewing. In that tradition, we couldn’t be more proud of the employees who volunteered in celebration of Our Beer Print.
That’s a whole lotta noodles!
Members of the Denver Supply Chain team took home cooking to heart while spending an afternoon volunteering at The Gathering Place. Working together, the team chose their own menu (spaghetti), shopped for the food, cooked and served the meal to more than 200 women, children and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty.
Connecting with the community
More than 20 Molson Coors employees helped to connect homeless people with health, social and economic resources at Project Homeless Connect. The annual resource fair is supported by more than 40 organizations and provides access to basic necessities and service. Onsite at the event, our team provided a variety of assistance ranging from navigating the event to coordinating lunches.
We also played a key support role before the event volunteering time and muscled to set-up the Convention Centre to host more than 1,400 attendees.
Golden Great Water Month
To wrap-up volunteer activities, four Molson Coors employees and their family members teamed up with 40 teammates from MillerCoors to get down and dirty as they spent their Saturday working to improve the Clear Creek Watershed.
Volunteers spent the day loosening the soil, applying more soil, seeding and covering the new area with a straw blanket to prevent erosion.
Here’s to increasing our positive beer print!
Our brewery in India is located in the state of Bihar, home to more than 100 million people. Once prosperous, Bihar is now battling issues such as illiteracy, inadequate access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation coverage. Surveys show that only 14% of households have access to a toilet facility and only 8% of Bihar’s 290 schools have water and sanitation resources.
We wanted to improve Our Beer Print and make an impact in our local community, so our team in India partnered with Water For People to build a fresh water well down the street from our brewery. The new well opened last month and will serve 500 families with safe drinking water. Our team also built a new toilet block and hand washing facility at the local school, which is helping to improve attendance.
We are very proud to be part of this project which will save lives, improve education and reduce the number of people suffering from water and sanitation-related diseases.
What is Water For People?
Water For People looks for creative, sustainable ways to help communities build and maintain their own reliable, safe water systems. Our project is a small part of their Everyone Forever Program, which has some audacious objectives:
- Increase water supply coverage from 57% to 100% (over 4 years)
- Increase water and sanitation coverage in schools from 8% to 100%
- Encourage hygiene behavior change through education
As the fall colours explode with abundance, even a “colour blind” person like me can see the wonderful contrast that autumn’s magic brings to our countryside. Naturally boulevards in the urban centres are beautified as well, but the magnificence of colour in autumn is certainly best experiences by a ride through the hills of any rural area, or a boat ride along the shores of the lakes and rivers of Canada. It is a time of thanksgiving. A time when family and friends get together for their favourite feast. Canadians tend to lean towards Turkey with all the fixings. It is a time that is caught between seasons, as we say farewell to summer past and enter into the autumn season. Oktoberfests abound, closing golf events, students home from their paces of study with family, families reuniting, new neighbours getting to know one another and a pause to just catch up with family and friends. So a toast to one and all to a great Canadian thanksgiving. Enjoy this time with family and friends. Cheers ! @MolsonFerg
For almost 10 years, our team in Atlantic Canada has been committed to “Give’R”, a community fundraiser that’s tagged “The Best Friday of Every Month, the Last Friday of Every Month.”
For each Give’R event, a local charity or community group is selected as beneficiary, a local bar secured to host, and one of our products is selected to be sampled. Guests pay a small cover fee which goes directly to the charity, and as thanks, we provide the first sample as people arrive. The event is run in conjunction with one of our major radio partners, who send one of their on-air DJ’s to host the event.
Thus far in 2013, the Give’R events hosted across the Atlantic have raised more than $16,000 for local charities, highlighted by the August Give’R in Nova Scotia, a signature event each summer that takes place out at sea on the Tall Ship Silva – one of Halifax’s most recognizable sailboats.
Final August Tally:
- 150 guests
- $1,250 raised in 50/50 draw (with the winner donating back half)
- $2,000 to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
- 1 best night all Summer