Meeting Professionals International (MPI) chapters across Canada have been hard at work contributing to their communities. Chapters have sorted, cooked, donated, fundraised and volunteered for a wide range of causes, and in turn have reaped the benefits of giving and giving back.
Here are reports from the Atlantic, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Toronto chapters on their recent good works.
- A group of 18 volunteers went to Feed Nova Scotia in Halifax and spent four hours in its warehouse sorting and repacking boxes of food from grocery stores and other vendors to determine if it is consumable. Over the course of the morning, they sorted 12 pallets of food, which translates to over 8,000 kilograms of donated food product. They were able to salvage almost 10 pallets of food for consumption. This is food that would have otherwise been destroyed. It was a great day of giving back to the community and the consensus was that even a small group can make a big difference when working together.
- In two hours, members sorted and packed food in the Fredericton Food Bank / Greener Village Community Food Centre warehouse including approximately 1,000 pounds of potatoes. They also went through about 100 lbs. of clothing and miscellaneous items as well as doing some food prep in the facility’s new teaching kitchen. The Chapter also reports that the Fredericton Convention Centre is now purchasing all of its cleaning rags from the Fredericton Food Bank. It is both a green initiative and an opportunity to support the food bank.
- Two women from the chapter have been working with the Stardale Women’s Group, which is a support group for Aboriginal women from the ages of 10-16. They have provided lunches and transportation to get the women around the city and also attended the ballet with them. A big part of the volunteering has been acting as a mentor (volunteering takes place March to the end of May).
- For the past five years, the chapter has donated any profit from its National Meetings Industry Day event to the Edmonton Food Bank. This year, they presented a cheque for $2,000.
Montreal & Quebec Chapter
- For the past three years, Freeman Audio Visual Solutions kicked off the Holiday season of giving by providing a truck and driver to assist La Grand Guignolée des medias. By December 9th, 2013, La Grande Guignolée overall success with the Chapter (and Freeman as one of their sponsors) had raised $281,182 plus the equivalent of 2,878 grocery bags of non-perishable food items. The money and food collected were shared among three organizations – Moisson Montréal, Saint-Vincent de Paul, and Sun Youth.
- Every year Sun Youth relies on the selfless participation of more than 1,000 volunteers to pack food, wrap presents, and help distribute Christmas baskets and brand new donated toys to 4,500 needy families. This past Christmas, individual MPI members joined with employees from some 550 companies, including Freeman, Guidatour, Urgo Regional Sales, Marriott Residence Inn, Manoir Saint-Sauveur, Hotel Omni, and Novotel Montréal Airport, to help make Sun Youth’s 2013 campaign a success.
- Supports the Ottawa Network for Education’s School Breakfast Program as part of a fundraising dinner that follows the CSAE Tête-à-Tête Tradeshow event in February. The program, which is the Ottawa chapter’s principal recipient charity, provides a nutritious breakfast for 11,300 children and youth in 148 schools across the city. In addition to making a financial contribution, MPI Ottawa members also assist the program by serving breakfasts at schools across the city over the course of the year. The 2014 Annual Charity Auction and Dinner raised $25,715.
- Clothing Drive (November 2013): Chapter members brought with them to a monthly meeting, gently used winter clothes in support of Toronto’s Yonge Street Mission. A total of 15 bags of items were collected to help protect the cities less fortunate from the harsh winter weather. Freeman Audio Visual generously delivered the clothing to Toronto’s Yonge Street Mission
- Chef’s Table (February 2014): As a part of the program surplus food from the venues is efficiently and safely delivered for distribution to those who can use it to create nutritious meals in the local community. The Chapter had arranged a monthly meeting to take place at BMO Institute for Learning where the venue graciously made and donated 250 hot meals that were delivered to the Scott Mission. While the meeting was cancelled due to weather, the Scott Mission still received the donation.
- Book Drive (May /June 2014): In support of the Children’s Book Bank in Toronto, the chapter asked its members to bring in gently used children’s books to the Signature Series taking place in May and to the Toronto Education Conference in June. A goal of 300 books was made and as of May 5th, 269 books had been donated. Freeman Audio Visual once again graciously is delivering the books to the Children’s Book Drive.
- With the success of the 2013 / 2014 Chapter year, MPI Toronto will incorporate an ECOS initiative / component to every event held during the 2014/2015 MPI year.