Corporate and community leaders unite to dig in and make a difference

    OTTAWA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Giving back to the communities in which
they work and live - this is what drives the corporate leaders who invested
their time, skills and energy in the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa Clubhouse
today. Together with members of Volunteer Canada's Board of Directors, the
team of 32 volunteers strong helped renovate the Clubhouse's outdoor garden
and learning space.
    The corporate leaders are all members of the Corporate Council on
Volunteering, a Volunteer Canada program that has grown to become one of the
largest corporate volunteerism initiatives in the country. The Council aims to
encourage and enhance employer-supported volunteerism throughout the corporate
community and calls on businesses of all sizes to follow their example.
    "The Corporate Council on Volunteering continues to lead the way in
demonstrating the need to focus more on the social responsibility of the
corporate sector and the tremendous potential of the corporate volunteer
movement," says Ruth MacKenzie, president of Volunteer Canada and co-chair of
the Council. "While Canada still lags behind many other countries in the area
of employer-supported volunteerism, it is the continued commitment and
leadership of the Council that will help us catch up to the rest of the
    Since its creation in 2005, through a partnership between Volunteer
Canada and The Home Depot Canada, the Council's membership has grown to
include 22 corporate leaders.
    "The corporate community has the energy and capability to ignite a
culture of employer-supported volunteerism across the country," said Annette
Verschuren, president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia and co-chair of the
Council. "By showcasing the impact of our efforts, seen here today at the Boys
and Girls Club of Ottawa garden, we want to inspire others in the corporate
community to follow suit and find ways to give back to their own communities."
    Today's event springboards the Corporate Council on Volunteering and
Volunteer Canada into a series of volunteering activities in which 900
employees from various participating companies will donate their skills, on
company time, to numerous projects at three Boys and Girls Clubs locations
across the country in mid-October.
    Participating corporate leaders in the day's event included: Annette
Verschuren, President, The Home Depot Canada and Asia; Sal Iacono, Senior Vice
President, Bell Canada; Bret Vincent, Senior Vice President, Customer
Relations, MBNA Canada; Michael Tierney, President, UPS Canada; Bryan Disher,
Ottawa Managing Partner, PwC; Bob Courteau, President, SAP Canada; Deanna
Monaghan, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP; Randy Gerrie, Regional Vice
President, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp; Lori Ross, Vice-President,
Marketing, STAPLES The Business Depot; Todd Empey, Vice-President Pilot
Stores, Future Shop; Bill Allen, Director Corporate Affairs, TELUS.

    About Volunteer Canada

    Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since
1977, the organization has been committed to increasing and supporting
volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special
projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in
research and training across the country. Working with volunteer centres,
community and national organizations and businesses, Volunteer Canada actively
leads national dialogues on how volunteerism is related to citizen engagement
and civil society and provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian
volunteer movement. To learn more about Volunteer Canada, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Manager of
Communications, Volunteer Canada, (613) 231-4371, ext. 226, (613) 266-9427

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