OTTAWA, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Scouts Canada and UPS are teaming up to promote diversity across Canada. With the help of a $50,000 grant care of The UPS Foundation, Scouts Canada will be able to enhance and increase its diversity training and workshops for volunteers and deliver programming to youth in diverse neighbourhoods and First Nations communities. The grant will also help subsidize the cost of its programs for new Canadians and disadvantaged families so that more children and youth have access to Scouts Canada programs.
"Scouts Canada recognizes and values the richness of human diversity in its many forms and welcomes all to its membership regardless of gender, race, culture, religious belief, sexual orientation or economic circumstance," said Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors for Scouts Canada. "Our mission is to help children and youth develop into confident and well-rounded individuals and we are committed to ensuring that everyone in Canada has the opportunity to benefit from the Scouting experience. The funds from UPS will go a long way in enriching the lives of children and youth in the Scouting program and within communities across Canada."
Diversity is an important priority for Scouts Canada and plays a significant role in the organization's revitalization efforts to drive growth and provide dynamic, relevant and progressive programming and opportunities for children and youth.
"UPS is proud to provide the necessary tools needed to support Scouts Canada through this $50,000 grant from The UPS Foundation," said UPS Canada President Michael Tierney, "The UPS grant program highlights our company's philosophy of striking a balance between financial contributions and hands-on volunteer hours. Congratulations and thank you to UPS Senior Analyst, David Rosenberg who volunteered nearly 200 hours to make this grant possible."
UPS presented Scouts Canada with a cheque for $50,000 at its impACT 2012 conference on Oct. 13, 2012. impACT 2012, Scout Canada's national youth leadership conference, took place from Oct. 11-14 at Camp Samac in Oshawa, Ontario. The four-day conference included keynote speakers, collaborative breakout sessions, community outreach projects, and skill development sessions. With the generous support of UPS, conference sessions were created around the themes of Scouting Creates Change and Safe Space, where youth learned about diversity in Canada and around the world, and through community service projects, had the opportunity to become ambassadors of change within Oshawa and their home communities.
About Scouts Canada
Scouts Canada is the country's leading co-ed youth organization with more than 100,000 members nationwide. Scouts Canada offers programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in more than 19 languages, reflecting Canada's multicultural landscape and communities. Kids in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn't discover elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. For tens of thousands of children and youth across Canada, Scouts is the start of something great. For more information visit scouts.ca
Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
About The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
Image with caption: "UPS Senior Analyst, David Rosenberg presents Dylan Reinhart, National Youth Commissioner for Scouts Canada a cheque for $50,000 to help promote diversity training and programming across Canada. (CNW Group/Scouts Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121016_C7401_PHOTO_EN_19431.jpg
SOURCE: Scouts Canada
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