Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton to benefit from
KIRKLAND, QC, May 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Less than one year after the
inaugural Merck Canada Community Action Day at the company's
headquarters in Montreal, the event is going national.
Today, more than 120 Merck employees will be leaving their regular work
and heading out in communities across Canada to volunteer their efforts
in a variety of ways at 16 non-profit community organizations. The
Community Action Day initiative is an important way for Merck employees
to work together in a collective effort for a common project:
supporting those most in need in their local communities.
One of the places they will be volunteering is Camp Bosco, a family
vacation camp for disadvantaged families near Valleyfield, Quebec.
Twenty Merck Canada headquarters employees have chosen to spend the day
doing spring cleaning of the daycare, chapel, kitchen, walking trails
and painting of outdoor furniture.
"The efforts of the Merck employees made a real difference to us last
year, so we welcome them back again this year with open arms," said
Diane Veuhoff of West Island Citizen Advocacy, a group that connects
volunteers with individuals who need help for any number of reasons,
such as physical or developmental disability. Last year, the Merck
volunteers cooked 43 meals for the residents of the Church Apartment
Program and this year they're extending their help to include packing
and gardening. "A small organization such as ours really benefits from
this type of initiative and we thank Merck very much for making this
possible. The employees are so keen and energetic. It's a delight to
The feeling goes both ways. "I got a lot of satisfaction volunteering
last year at Accueil Bonneau," said Susan Hammond, Medical Affairs
Coordinator. "Not only was it great to know we were helping out a
really good cause, I learned a lot about what the group does and what a
huge difference it makes in the community."
"We wanted to help out Operations Friendships Seniors Society, because
they do such important work in our community," said Martin Staub, a
Merck employee in Edmonton, Alberta. "My colleagues and I are very
excited to spend the day giving them a hand preparing and serving
meals. We're very pleased the Merck Community Action Day is spreading
across the country and that more employees have the opportunities to
participate, in the communities where they live and work."
The Merck Community Action Day is part of the company's global vision
that encourages and values employees' voluntary involvement. "It's very
gratifying to see how our colleagues across Canada have embraced this
way of giving back to our local communities," said Carlos Dourado,
President and Managing Director of Merck Canada.
Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Merck is a global
health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription
medicines, vaccines, consumer and animal health products. In Canada,
Merck markets over 530 pharmaceutical, consumer and animal health
products and is a leader in a broad range of areas such as cardiology,
immunology, infectious diseases, respiratory, vaccines, women's health
and sun care, and is focused on expanding offerings in other areas,
including virology, oncology and diabetes.
Merck is one of the top 25 R&D investors in Canada, with an investment
of $95.4 million in 2009. Merck also has a large manufacturing facility
in Quebec dedicated to the annual production of some 35 million units
including the Claritin® and Aerius® brands. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Merck employs over 1,600 people
across Canada. For more information about our operations in Canada,
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