Corporate volunteers roll up their sleeves for an extreme makeover at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Giving back to the communities in which
they work and live - this is what inspired the team of 300 volunteers strong
to donate their time, skills and energy to the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls
Club today. The volunteers represent over 20 national corporations that form
the Corporate Council on Volunteering, a Volunteer Canada program that drives
the corporate community to encourage and support their employees to engage in
volunteering activities across the country.
    "Showcasing the tremendous potential of the corporate volunteer movement
like this at the Boys and Girls Club is a strong demonstration of leadership,"
says Ruth MacKenzie, president of Volunteer Canada and co-chair of the
Council. "The Corporate Council on Volunteering continues to lead the way in
sharing their vision for stronger, more cohesive, and caring communities and
they are paving the road for the rest of the corporate community to follow".
    The Corporate Council on Volunteering has grown to become one of the
largest corporate volunteerism initiatives in Canada. Since its creation in
2005, through a partnership between Volunteer Canada and The Home Depot
Canada, the Council's membership has grown to include 21 corporate leaders.
    "We encourage the corporate community to join us in igniting 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
showing the country what we can do here in Toronto, we want to inspire others
in the corporate community to find ways to give back to their own
    The volunteers were divided into project teams, each assigned to a
specific extreme makeover activity. They painted and redecorated program
rooms, built display boards and AV cabinets, replaced flooring, and created a
large scale partition walls intended for quiet homework space. The Kiwanis
Boys and Girls Club relies on volunteer efforts, such as this initiative, to
help them serve the hundreds of children who walk through the club every day.
    "This voluntary initiative is so beneficial to our clubs," said Pam
Jolliffe, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. "Making club
spaces safe, inviting and fully functional places for children and youth to
flourish is an important priority for the clubs. Yet it's always challenging
to fund these very necessary building improvement projects. We thank the
hundreds of volunteers who gave of their time today to provide a very valuable
    The Corporate Council on Volunteering has just visited the Boys and Girls
Clubs of Calgary, Thorncliffe Club and the Dawson Boys and Girls Club in
Montreal. All of the clubs are benefiting from an extreme makeover through the
tremendous work of employer-supported volunteers.
    The participating businesses are all members of the Corporate Council on
Volunteering. Members of the Council include: The Home Depot Canada; Bell
Canada; Best Buy; Ernst & Young LLP; Future Shop.; IBM; Investors Group; KPMG;
Manulife Financial; MBNA; Microsoft; Molson; Power Corporation of Canada;
PriceWaterhouseCoopers; RBC Financial Group; SAP Canada; STAPLES The Business
Depot; TransAlta; TELUS; UPS Canada; and Wal-Mart Canada Corp.

    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

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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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