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January is a month for reflection and new resolutions. It’s a time when we take stock of what we’ve accomplished, who we helped and what we learned and then set new goals for the year ahead. It’s no different at Tarion.
Looking back, we find that many of the more than 220 employees at Tarion regularly gave back to the communities in which they live and work. Giving back has always been part of Tarion’s culture. In 2009, a group of eight employees from various departments put together a committee called Tarion Cares. This committee invites individual employees to nominate charities close to their hearts that all employees can support by making a donation to participate in casual Fridays. It’s a win-win! Our staff looks forward to taking a break from their heels and ties for a day, and we get to give back to our community.
Some of the charities we supported through Tarion Cares in 2015 were – just to name a few:
- Habitat for Humanity
- Red Door Family Shelter
- Asperger’s Society of Ontario
- A Children’s Voice Foundation
- Angel Hair
- Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides
- Red Cross
- ReThink Breast Cancer
- Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter
What we find special about allowing individual employees to nominate their own charities are the personal stories they share, and the appreciation they feel when their charity receives support from the rest of the organization.
We recently fundraised close to $500 for Wounded Warriors, a program that supports ill or injured veterans and their families. “My wife and I have many friends and relatives that are/were veterans of many conflicts going back to the First World War – a lot of those are now deceased. We both have a special passion for Canadian Military history and very much appreciate what Canada’s military has done for this country – Wounded Warriors is a way to give something back so that’s why I nominated this charity for Tarion Cares,” says Dan, a Tarion employee.
Another employee nominated Myeloma Canada because her favourite uncle had unfortunately passed away from Myeloma and she wanted to honour him and bring more awareness to this lesser-known type of cancer. Tarion Cares raised $400.
As a result of all of our employees’ charitable donations, we are proud to announce that Tarion Cares raised more than $16,000 for 21 charities in 2015.
Corporate social responsibility is an important part of Tarion’s cultural identity. It has a significant impact on our stakeholder relationships and the morale of staff. It helps reinforce our connection to the community we serve daily and builds confidence in our interactions. Last year, Tarion implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility Plan, integrating meaningful economic, social and environmental considerations into our business practices and fostering a culture of sustainability. The plan formalizes the previous commitments made by Tarion toward social corporate responsibility. Looking ahead into 2016, we look forward to strengthening our longstanding commitment to charitable giving and the community we serve.
Giving back not only benefits the receiver, but also to the giver. Multiple studies show that donating to charity promotes feeling of happiness, promotes cooperation and social connection and that when people give more, it reduces stress.
Tarion is committed to supporting humanitarian efforts and have adopted this within its business practice. Find out more in Tarion’s Corporate Social Responsibility Plan.
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