Women's Leadership Development program collects non-perishable food
items in support of local food banks.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Around the world on March 8th, charitable and government organizations, educational institutions,
women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate International
Women's Day (IWD). The recognition and observance of this day
demonstrates the positive evolution towards the economic, political and
social achievements of women. IWD has been honoured since the early
1900s and now, thousands of events are hosted to inspire and
acknowledge women's successes during the month of March. Throughout
the decades the same message lives on; inspire and celebrate the
accomplishments of all women.
The Women's Leadership Development (WLD) program was founded by UPS to
recognize the importance of empowering women. Since 2007 this program
has offered a supportive environment that encourages and enables the
attraction, development and retention of talent through networking,
mentoring, education and community-based involvement. UPS employees
work amongst a diverse group of colleagues that each have a wide range
of work and life experiences to share. The WLD program has a
mentorship component that pairs senior staff with UPSers looking to
grow their career. It is the program's philosophy that the greater the
range of participants in WLD activities, the more effective the
networking and professional development becomes. The WLD program
strives to help its members be their very best.
"This is my first year on the WLD committee. As a relatively new
employee at UPS, I joined because of the opportunities it offers to
foster relationships," said Nikkol Zezza, Advertising and Event
Marketing specialist, UPS Canada. "The program has been helping me
build connections within the company, network outside of UPS at
professional events and get involved with community volunteer work."
The WLD program recognizes that in some situations women may be the only
provider for their family, and, in these tough economic times, it can
be difficult to put food on the table. According to Food Banks Canada
report 'HungerCount 2012', in the month of March, 882,188 people
received food from a food bank in Canada. During the same period,
3,912,239 meals were prepared and served by soup kitchens, shelters,
school breakfast initiatives and other programs. With this in mind and
in commemoration of IWD, members of the WLD program hosted food drives
at various UPS facilities across Canada. The worthy cause brought
together more than 40 UPS volunteers in 7 cities. All of the
non-perishable food items collected will be given to local community
"It is wonderful to see UPS's core values in action on such a
significant day like International Women's Day," said Dina Macera, WLD
Canada Chair and vice-president of Labour Relations, UPS Canada. "UPS
prides itself on its commitment to being involved where we live and
work and we look forward to participating in many more events where we
can help our local communities."
The food drives took place in the following cities: Vancouver, B.C.,
Burlington, Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., Montreal, Que., Fredericton
and Moncton, N.B. The WLD thanks all UPS employees involved in making
this initiative a success.
"This initiative is a great depiction of what the WLD is all about:
collaboration, community and leadership," Macera remarked.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range
of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced
technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and
territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
For more info on IWD: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
For more info on the WLD: http://www.community.ups.com/Diversity/Programs/Leadership+Development
SOURCE: UPS Canada Ltd.
For further information:
Erick Bauer, APEX Public Relations
Robyn van Teunenbroek, UPS Canada