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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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

team ted

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, July 8th, 2013

Molson Coors remet 10 000 $ à la Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec

Le vendredi 5 juillet dernier, avait lieu la soirée feux d’artifice du toit de la brasserie Molson Coors à Montréal. Le pays représenté était Hong Kong, Chine. Le repas servi était excellent et le toit de la brasserie est un lieu privilégié pour observer les spectacles de pyrotechnie qui se tiennent à La Ronde. 

Les profits de cette soirée, 10 000 $, ont été remis à la Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec. La Fondation de l’athlète d’excellence du Québec est un organisme regroupant des intervenants de divers milieux, notamment du milieu des affaires, de l’éducation et du sport. L’organisation a pour mission de soutenir financièrement et d’appuyer les étudiants-athlètes dans leur poursuite de l’excellence académique et sportive et de contribuer à la promotion de modèles dans la société québécoise.

Ce généreux don a été rendu possible grâce à la participation de 120 employés et leurs invités, à Eurest qui a fourni la nourriture et au Club Molson Coors. 

De plus, les Anges Molson étaient présentes et offraient à la fin de la soirée des coupons de taxi pour un retour à la maison sécuritaire.

Feux d'artifice_5 juillet

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Moncton Brewery Fights Hunger

For the second year in a row, our team in Moncton has teamed up with the food banks of New Brunswick to collaborate on Hunger Awareness Week fundraising efforts. This year our team came together to host a barbeque for more than 350 people, while offering brewery tours, hosting a live radio broadcast, and having members of the Moncton Wildcats hockey team onsite to sign autographs!

Hunger Awareness Week 1

Hosted over the lunch hour, the event saw support from dozens of companies in the local business park, including many who donated corporately for the opportunity to host an NHL Playoff viewing party at the brewery during this year’s playoffs.

Hunger Awareness Week 3Hunger Awareness Week 5

New this year, we added a Molson Give-R event hosted at Overtime Sports. That event also saw C103 broadcasting live, as well as a sampling of some of our new products. The night ended with a draw – done in collaboration with Food Depot Alimentaire – to send a lucky winner to Montreal next season to see the Canadiens host the Maple Leafs.

By the end of it, our team ended up raising more than $9,000 to support the local food banks!

Hunger Awareness Week 4

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Andrew Molson reçoit un prix de la CCEM – Andrew Molson receives an award from the CCEM

Marjolaine Deslauriers et moi-même avons eu le plaisir d’assister hier soir à la soirée des Prix Estim de la Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal où Andrew Molson a reçu le prix Orchidée. Le prix Orchidée est remis annuellement à une personne afin de reconnaître leur apport remarquable au développement économique et social de l’Est de Montréal. Une phrase provenant du programme souvenir explique bien pourquoi ce prix lui a été décerné: ‘M. Molson est un homme accessible, généreux, attentif et qui redonne dans sa communauté. Merci de votre engagement!’ 

Il est photographié en train de recevoir de Mme Carole Bellon, Présidente du conseil d’administration de la Chambre de commerce de l’Est de Montréal, le prix Orchidée. 

Au nom de tous les employés de Molson Coors, félicitations Andrew!

 Andrew Molson

Marjolaine Deslauriers and I were honored to attend an event last night organized by the Montreal East Chamber of Commerce where Andrew Molson received the “Orchidée” award. The “Orchidée” award is presented annually to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the economic and social development of Montreal East. A quote from the souvenir program explains well the reason why he received this award: “Mr. Molson is accessible, generous, attentive and gives back to the community. Thank you for your commitment!

Andrew is pictured receiving the “Orchidée” award from Carole Bellon, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montreal East Chamber of Commerce. 

On behalf of the Molson Coors employees, congratulations Andrew!

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Spring Has Sprung

sun over lake

The sound of morning birds high in the trees singing their early morning calls…toss and turn at 453 am…dog out to do it’s business…coffee on and i thought, “why not sit down and write a spring blog”. After all, three days of 20 degree + celsius and it actually feels like spring has sprung in Toronto. I must also admit that some other factors contribute to this overwhelming shift in season for me. Obviously with the NHL playoffs commencing this week, after what might have been a lost season, the city is truly excited. I was blown away by the sea of blue and white downtown and on the subway on Wednesday night. Love to see the community spirit. As a partner with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens we actually celebrated a little playoff BBQ at our head office on Tuesday, just to get the team in the spirit of spring playoffs. Our President Stewart Glendinning and Chief Legal and People Officer Kelly Brown and fellow leadership team members helped host staff over the lunch hour…a little competitive spirit added of course. And we can’t forget our third sponsored club in the first round of playoffs of course - Ottawa Senators.

Stewart and Kelly hosting

Stewart and Kelly hosting

And then of course there is the return of the summer rep. Gosh, 32 years ago I sat in a similar seat as a young representative from northwestern Ontario. It was the summer of the Jeux Canada Games in Thunder Bay. What a grounding experience that has carried friends and memories for me across my entire 29 career at Molson Coors. A toast to our returning summer reps and those who have just joined us. I know that they will represent us well at events and promotions coast to coast to coast and always flying the responsible choices banner as they go about their business.

summer reps

Another sign of spring is the annual Randstad awards night. Randstad does a great job at reaching out to 7000 prospective employees across the country to assess the attractiveness of 150 employees. Proudly Molson Coors ranked eleventh this year. A special treat this year was Debbie Travis presenting her “ten commandments” for success. Inspiring and entertaining to say the least !

debbie travis

A toast to our employees and all that they do to carry the passion, commitment and drive for our business…over the past 227 years. Now that’s heritage. Naturally we are nothing without those who carry our products to market and the beer drinkers who support us at the taps, retail store or your favourite drinking occasion. We appreciate and value your business.

Economic Club Toast_n

And of course the beer business and all that we face in regulations, taxes, mark ups. Provincial budgets are another sign of spring and the Ontario budget was filed yesterday by the Wynne government in Ontario. Good news for beer drinkers and customers in Ontario is that there is not any increase in the beer taxes. Now that’s worth a toast on a sunny day at the legislature with blossoms in bloom at the memorial to Queen Victoria !

spring blossoms at leg

Another sign of spring is the renewed commitments to community. Across this great land we engage with community leaders in so many ways. Whether they are local festivals and events designed to instill community spirit and celebrate the arts, local sports events and team get togethers or support for a charity or not for profit of choice. The Beer Store in Ontario will be undertaking their annual drive for Leukemia. Hats off to them and their union membership and Beer Store customers who donate their empties and the difference that they make in our community. May 25th and 26th please donate your empty deposit refunds.

Perhaps you have a thought on spring being sprung. I hope you’ll share it. A toast to you and yours this spring weekend. No doubt we’ll all be seeking a patio, a television screen to watch playoffs and some great quality time with family and friends as the weather warms. Cheers to a great wrap to the week and start to the weekend. @MolsonFerg