Avison Young to hold third annual Global Day of Giving in five countries

Employees in all of the firm's markets to take part in community activities on October 13

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Mark Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young, the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm, announced today that it will hold its third annual Global Day of Giving this Thursday, October 13 in all of the company's markets in five countries.

"On October 13, employees in Avison Young's 79 offices in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe will again dedicate the day to participation in volunteer projects that promote social, economic and environmental sustainability in their respective cities," comments Rose. "At this time in 2015, we had 71 offices take part. This year, due to continued expansion, another 400 professionals and an additional eight offices will be involved. We're thrilled to expand our philanthropic efforts into Mexico and broaden our global contributions in support of people who deal courageously with disadvantages on a daily basis. This annual initiative is also our way of giving back to the communities that support our company and our causes throughout the year."

Avison Young's Global Day of Giving is part of the company's global citizenship efforts. Each Avison Young office has chosen its own community volunteer project in consultation with the charity that will receive the assistance.

Rose continues: "Avison Young's core principles of partnership and collaboration apply not only to our business operations, but also to our efforts to support the communities in which we live, work and play. The same goes for our aggressive global expansion program. We also want to expand our community contributions on a global scale. The 2015 Global Day of Giving was another unmitigated success, and we look forward to raising more awareness for many organizations that work so unselfishly to improve the lives of people in need and at risk every day. This year, we're striving to build on the efforts of 2014 and 2015 to raise more funds and other forms of support for selected local charities. By setting aside a day for all 2,400-plus Avison Young professionals to volunteer their time, we will continue to expand our philanthropic efforts as a company exponentially and strive to improve our communities steadily."

This year, in addition to Mexico City, Avison Young is expanding its Global Day of Giving to Memphis, Coventry U.K., Jacksonville, Boca Raton, Phoenix, Berlin and St. Louis.

"Avison Young's Day of Giving is a demonstration of our focus on, and commitment to, global citizenship," points out Rodney McDonald, Avison Young Principal and Practice Leader, Consulting & Project Management Services. "Numerous people and organizations around the globe benefit from our Day of Giving, and it is one opportunity for everyone at Avison Young to support our communities. The Day of Giving is also our way of showing that we embrace – and strive to uphold – the principles of sustainability within our communities as well as our company."

Local staff activities on October 13 will range from river and trail clean-up projects at local parks to landscaping and renovation projects at women's shelters and youth clubs to refurbishing a house for homeless families to collecting coats for a school.

Char Fortune, Avison Young's Director of Learning and Professional Development, says Avison Young is ensuring that the Day of Giving will be sustainable over the long term by actively recruiting people who are committed to philanthropy.

"Our Day of Giving is enthusiastically embraced by our young professionals, who take the lead on choosing the local charities that we support," says Fortune. "By investing personal time and effort into helping their communities, our young professionals learn first-hand why leadership in this area is so important. They have a natural inclination for it."

The following is a list of the charities to which Avison Young employees will be donating their time on October 13:



Women in Need Society


Food Bank of Edmonton


Boys and Girls Club - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Canadian Blood Services


Boys and Girls Club - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


Moisson Montreal


The Ottawa Mission

Quebec City

Moisson Montreal


Carmichael Outreach Centre

Toronto HQ

Melanoma Network of Canada

Toronto (property management)

Youth Without Shelter

Toronto North

Melanoma Network of Canada

Toronto West

Melanoma Network of Canada


Westminster House – Treatment Centre for Women

Waterloo Region

Guelph Humane Society


Koats for Kids



The Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta


Habitat for Humanity Restore

Boca Raton

City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation


Boston Cares - Charles River Esplanade

Chapel Hill

The Carying Place


Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity

Chicago Downtown

Friends of the Forest

Chicago Suburban

Friends of the Forest


Marymount Hospital & Retreat


Ronald McDonald House


Dwell with Dignity


Food Bank of the Rockies


Gleaners Food Bank


Norwalk Grassroots Tennis

Fort Lauderdale

City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation


Greenville County Parks, Recreation & Tourism


Boston Cares - Charles River Esplanade


Bo's Place


Agape Therapeutic Riding


Gabriel House of Care


Ijams Nature Center

Las Vegas

Opportunity Village

Long Island

Habitat for Humanity

Los Angeles - Downtown


Los Angeles - Santa Monica


Los Angeles North


Los Angeles West



Children's Museum of Memphis


Camillus House


House of Charity


Salvation Army

New Jersey

Morristown Neighborhood House

New York

Riverside Park Conservatory


Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Orange County



Kids House - Wayne Densch Children's Advocacy Center


A Woman's Place


St. Mary's Food Bank


Society of St. Vincent de Paul


The Carying Place


Habitat for Humanity


Move America Forward

San Antonio

Habitat for Humanity Restore

San Diego


San Francisco

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

San Mateo

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

St. Louis

Places for People

Suburban Maryland

Montgomery County Park & Rec/Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless/Stepping Stones Shelter


Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Tysons Corner

HomeStretch/Northern Virginia Family Services

Washington, DC

DC Central Kitchen

West Palm Beach

City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation


Mexico City

Hospital Juarez de Mexico



Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Brandon Marsh Nature Centre

London City


London West End


Thames Valley






AWO Duesseldorf


Local animal shelter


Local kindergarten


Munchner Tafel


Avison Young's Global Day of Giving is held annually in all of the firm's markets every October. The philanthropic effort continually expands as Avison Young opens new offices around the globe.

"We're delighted that our new Berlin office will contribute to the organic expansion of the Global Day of Giving along with our Mexico City location and other new offices," adds Udo Stoeckl, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director, Germany. "We're also proud to have our Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich offices participating again in local social projects with the rest of our Avison Young family. All of us at Avison Young look forward to providing local communities with our time, creativity and manpower to serve people in need – and assist the charitable organizations that serve so graciously."

Avison Young is the world's fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its principals. Founded in 1978, the company comprises 2,400 real estate professionals in 79 offices, providing value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management, financing and mortgage placement services to owners and occupiers of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties.


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For further information: For further information/comment/photos: Sherry Quan, Principal, Global Director of Communications & Media Relations, Avison Young: 604.647.5098; cell: 604.726.0959; Mark Rose, Chair and CEO, Avison Young: 416.673.4028; Rodney McDonald, Principal and Practice Leader, Consulting & Project Management Services, Avison Young: 416.673.4059; Char Fortune, Principal and Director of Learning and Professional Development, Avison Young: 404.865.3683; Udo Stoeckl, Principal and Managing Director, Germany, Avison Young: +49 69 962443111


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