Wednesday, January 13th, 2010
Today @MolsonFerg and I attended the launch of GetInvolved.ca’s (an online social network for the socially conscious in Canada) Power of the Hour campaign. Along with 21 other Canadian Corporate companies, we announced the national volunteerism campaign with a goal to raise 2,000,000 volunteer hours in 2010.
Mike Tierney, President of UPS & Chair of the Corporate Council on Volunteering announcing hours pledge by the Council
CEO’s and senior executives representing the 22 member companies of the Corporate Council on Volunteering and non-profit partners announced the hours THEY are pledging this afternoon at the TMX broadcast Centre in Toronto – in total, Corporate Canada is pledging 814,900 hours! Special thank you to the folks from Timeraiser/Framework Foundation for being Molson’s guests
Molson Coors Canada has pledged 6,000 hours this year which we plan to complete through our Corporate Volunteer Program (@MolsonFerg in the pic above)
The site: Pretty cool social site that allows any individual, business or group to sign up and track their hours, adding photos and descriptions for every hour counted. The running total of hours across Canada is always showing at the top of the site.
Other Features of the site:
- Connects to twitter, facebook, youtube, etc. so you can share your hours/activities with your networks and friends
- Power Tools Page – resource for hour counters and change makers (find volunteer opportunities, student, non-profit and business tools, news)
- Actions Page – you can check out what other ‘counters’ are up to and if you like what they’re doing, you can add their actions to your to-do list
Packed house at the TMX Toronto Stock Exchange for the launch – Big and small businesses, community agencies, media and others in attendance
S0 – Will you stand up and COUNT in 2010? Will you make the time to volunteer? How many hours will you pledge?
Friday, November 13th, 2009
Récemment, Héma-Québec a rendu hommage à Molson Coors pour ses 35 années de travail bénévole. Je veux féliciter Marjolaine Deslauriers qui est l’organisatrice de cette collecte ainsi que bénévoles de Molson Coors qui travaillent à assister le personnel de Héma-Québec. Également, je voudrais saluer tous les employés de Molson Coors qui font un don de sang, votre générosité est extrêmement appréciée.
Je vous invite à venir faire un don de sang lors de la prochaine collecte prévue le vendredi 23 avril 2010.
Marjolaine Deslauriers et Dr Francine Décary, présidente et chef de la direction de Héma-Québec
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
As we kick off United Way activities across Canada at Molson Coors this week I wanted to share a post by Johanne Drouin. Johanne had posted an experience on yammer this morning that she and her team had taken in. It just says so much about our employees and the support that we as a company provide to help our employees and the company play our part in the community. Way to go Johanne and your 9 colleagues…you are all an inspiration for all of us to make a difference in the communities in which we live work and play. Salut !
Johanne’s post (she gave me permission)
Yesterday, I participated, along with 9 of my colleagues, in a volunteering activity at one of the very rare women-only shelters in Montreal. Chez Doris is one of the 360 organizations supported by Centraide of Greater Montreal , and has been helping the most vulnerable members of our community for 30 years. They are doing a tremendous job at providing these women with a bit of dignity, and encouraging them to develop their skills and talents to improve their quality of life. My group’s tasks consisted in cleaning and organizing the collective kitchen, sorting out various items received through donations, and serving lunch to approximately 85 people. Rubbing elbows with these women made all of us realize that poverty has many faces and could touch any of us at any given time. I feel truly blessed I never had to face the harsh conditions these women have been dealing with every single day. Offering a few hours of my time is my way to show gratitude for the wonderful things life has offered me.
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
“Tis the season” for those year-end review stories, so we thought it would be fitting to try to capture some of the great work Molson and its employees have done in the past 12 months to help benefit community organizations in towns and cities all across Canada. With the holidays about to end, there’s still time for all Canadians to make a contribution in 2008 to their own communities. That being said, to help play our part, I’ve listed some details about the great organizations and individuals that we’ve been privileged enough to work with in the past year. We hope you’ll consider sharing a little of yourself this holiday with those less fortunate.
Some of the organizations and initiatives that stand out for me in 2008:
Raising the Roof is an organization that builds partnerships across the nation to help solve youth homlessness. Molson has supported their Youthworks program for three years, but also has a very special story with them. On February 5th, 2008, over 1,100 Molson employees sold toques on Toque Tuesday (RTR’s national fundraiser), raising just over $90,000 in about one hour. This event was also the day we launched this blog! To donate
I’ve written about Meal Exchange a few times on this blog and one of their employees wrote a great guest blog. Meal Exchange is a national student-founded, youth-driven, charity organized to address local hunger by mobilizing the talent and passion of students. To donate
United Way….wow – this a great one. Every year Molson has an internal United Way campaign, and this year was out best ever! We raised $610,000 this year (increase of 15% from 2007). Amazing effort from our employees across Canada. To donate
Framework Foundation promotes volunteerism amongst Canadians in their 20s to 30s by helping volunteer agencies find the skilled people their organization needs – Molson is a founding sponsor of Timeraiser, an event that is part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town that connects volunteers with volunteer agencies. I took part in the Toronto Timeraiser for the first time this year and it was one of the best events I went to in 2008.
A national literacy organization that Molson has worked with for years. We were given the Frontier College Fitzpatrick award this year. To donate
Again, these are just a few of the MANY organizations that Molson was involved with across Canada in 2008 – the above are initiatives that I was lucky to directly be a part of.
In 2008 Molson reached out to just over 200 organizations. Here are links to some of them organizations (by region), and to view all the Molson in the Community photos from 2008 — click here.
What is YOUR favourite community organization/initiative this year?
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
On Monday, September 22nd Cam Atchison, the District Sales Manager for Ottawa, and his team joined me at a Volunteer Canada initiative in Ottawa to help create a community garden.
Over 100 volunteers from VC’s Corporate Council showed up for the event which was a collaborative effort between Sustainable Living Ottawa East and Lady Evelyn Elementary School that was driven by the Grades 4/5/6 students. The children were the planners, workers and visionaries behind the entire project! Teams added value to the project by helping to complete some of the larger structural projects such as the installation of fencing, preparation of planting beds and building shade structures, with one student leading each volunteer group. Dirt was moved, posts and student-painted pickets were installed, sitting benches were built and walking paths were put down and our Molson team performed with their usual eagerness and good humour.
The students were appointed junior team leaders and were passionate about getting the job done to their expectations. Each one was delightful and so proud to take the leadership role in converting a small park into this amazing community garden. Several members living in the community also stopped by to personally thank us for helping out. The transition of the park in just three hours was remarkable.
Thanks Cam, Travis, Martin, Kyle, Shannon, Wayne, Grant, Jeremy and Chris! It was a fun-filled morning working together. I just hope your muscles fared better than mine!
Monday, May 12th, 2008
Last week, the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources (CAVR) and the Professional Administrators of Volunteer Resources (PAVRO) joined together for its annual conference at the Sheraton in Hamilton, ON. Molson was invited to join in the conversation on a panel format.
Scott Ewart, Molson’s Chief Legal and Public Affairs Officer was there along with four other panel members to discuss challenges, opportunities and issues impacting volunteerism in their sector, as well as their vision of the future of volunteerism. Other panel members:
I was lucky enough to join Scott in Hamilton and listen to (and video! — below) some of the panel discussion. One of the most interesting topics that Scott discussed was the concept of 3-dimensional philanthropy, a model of philanthropy from Mary Donohue, founder of the National Mentoring Program. Watch the video below to learn about Molson’s 3-dimensional involvement.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
As we recognize National Volunteer Week, I am so proud to be part of a corporation that celebrates its employees who have made such a difference in our communities. I have been the Donations Officer at Molson for over 17 years and have seen first hand the passion and commitment of our employees.
Molson introduced its Molson Volunteer Program (MVP) in April, 2006 and I was assigned to oversee and help execute the program for English Canada, organizing volunteer events for our employees. We used Mayor Miller’s Clean up Your City Day as the launching event with 100 employees from Toronto heading to Centennial Park, led by our President, Kevin Boyce, to beautify the park by getting rid of the garbage that accumulated over the winter months., We picked up over 100 bags of trash in one hour! The Mayor’s clean-up is now the springboard for Toronto employees to get outside, work together and clean up our grounds and prepare for the many volunteer activities that take place throughout the balance of the year.
The results of the MVP have been astounding! To date we have logged more than 6,000 volunteer hours which indicates the passion and commitment of our employees to make a difference. The MVP has provided several great team-building experiences and employees are embracing the program in true Molson fashion – working together, having fun and giving back.
I represent Molson on Volunteer Canada’s Corporate Council on Volunteering , where I work with appointees from 24 other corporations to promote volunteerism in Canada.
I am proud to work with such an enthusiastic group of employees who give so generously of their time to make a difference to the charitable sector in Canada by reaching out to those who need a helping hand. Thank you Molson volunteers — We are all Proud to play our part!