First, providing background on Scotiabank’s commitment to support local charities, Cherie explains: “Scotiabank considers itself to be a service business with a well articulated philanthropic plan that is carried out at each branch level across Canada. The philanthropic work at a given branch depends entirely on the wishes of the staff members. Our branch of twenty-five members, perhaps because we are embedded in a community culture that is particularly open and giving, supports a multitude of local fund-raising endeavors annually, averaging about one a month.
When a cause meets Scotiabank’s criteria for support, our branch can match funds up to $5000, thus doubling the efforts of the organization’s fund-raising campaign.
While our Bright Futures program’s main focus is children and education, we do support a number of charities that serve adults, especially those that have difficulty raising funds by themselves.”
Suzanne Jones, a thirty-five year veteran of the local Scotiabank branch, explains her passion, her eyes dancing with excitement: “I have two passions – golf and Ty Watson House, so it was a natural for me to combine the two. Since I belong to the Alberni Business Ladies Golf Club, which decided some time ago to use its year-end scramble on the last Sunday of September as a fund-raiser for Ty Watson House, I realized that that was a perfect fit for Scotiabank’s Bright Futures fund-matching program. Eventually, every one of us could need the services of the Alberni Valley Hospice Society and we could be touched by the work of Ty Watson House for ourselves or for a family member.
So in 2010, we started to match the funds raised at the Business Ladies Scramble. Each year, our donation to Ty Watson House has grown with last year being our most successful to date when we were able to write a cheque to Ty Watson House for $11 050. Over the four years we have been involved, we have contributed $36 975!
On Scramble Sunday, we hold a giant day-long silent auction, to which 120 local businesses contribute – we simply couldn’t do it without the generosity of our amazing local businesses! The Men’s Club from AGC contributed generously to our cause this past year and several individual men golfers annually add to the efforts of our very generous ladies. A committed volunteer team of Scotiabank staff members runs the auction each year. It is always an exciting day and we get such a joy contributing to this highly worthy cause!”
Cherie closes: “As you can see from Suzanne’s enthusiasm, Scotiabank’s philosophy of giving back to your own community is infectious for our staff. As they give, they feel better about themselves. Feeling good about themselves and their place in our community, they give better service to our customers. It’s such a win-win situation.”
Please note that these figures do not include the significant donations from late 2014.