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Sunday, February 10th, 2008

National Mentoring Program Participants Hear from Paul Godfrey, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays


The National Mentoring Program participants attended a very imformative luncheon at the Toronto Board of Trade at First Canadian Place on Friday February 8th. Paul Godfrey, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre was the guest speaker. In this photo Paul Godfrey is joined by Amir Remtulla of Molson, Director of Government and Public Affairs – along with Queen’s University Student Bangsil Cho who has chosen a project with Volunteer Canada.

Paul Godfrey reflected on many of his pursuits in life ranging from City Alderman, Chairman of Metropolitan Toronto, Publisher and CEO of the Toronto Sun and most recently the Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre. He also referred to the importance of networking and being open to listening and learning through life. The Queen’s University Students, who are all enrolled in the Corporate Social Responsbility Certification program,  and their Molson Mentors attending engaged in dialogue with Paul Godfrey over lunch where they inquired about insights that he could provide in pursuing their goals and engaging in charitable work in the community. Paul spoke of his personal commitment to contribute a day a week to charity. He reflected upon the tremendous efforts that he and his wife Gina have accomplished through the Herbie Fund in association with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

The students and their mentors are embarking upon a program that will result in meeting a challenge that has been brought to them by a chosen non profit/charitable organization. The Queen’s Students and their Molson Mentors will work on solutions for the non-profit organizations which will involve in a summer job for the students, funded by Molson, whereby the students will put their learning into action to assist the chosen non-profit organizations.

The National Mentoring Program has been designed by Mary Donohue, The Donohue Group. As a founding partner of the project, Molson is Proud to Play our Part in supporting the inaugural mentoring project from its concept stages through the summer of ’08. Stay tuned for more features of the individual projects that are being undertaken by the National Mentoring Project.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

National Mentoring Program revealed

I had the pleasure of attending the Queen’s University Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate program weekend retreat (as an observer and judge of debates).I was totally impressed with the caliber of debate, conversation and engagement by the students attending witnessed through their interactive modules and participation.

It was an honour for me to reveal a new program that Molson is piloting with Queen’s related to mentoring and providing counsel and support to charities – The National Mentoring Program. Molson managers at Molson will act as mentors to students that enrol in this unique program. Students and their mentors will be tasked with an issue faced by a charity or non profit organization.

Molson mentors and the student will work on the issue, assess opportunities, determine actions to take and then the student will have a summer job at that non profit organization paid for by Molson.

With this model we move from the traditional “funding” model to “three dimensional philanthropy”. Pardon ?? By three dimensional philanthropy we shift from the old style “grip and grin” cheque presentation to three dimensions of giving, engagement and learning.

I look forward to the results of this fascinating pilot.

Thanks to the Queen’s CSR certificate students and their faculty and for the rousing Oil Thigh to demonstrate their Queen’s spirit.