More than 120 front office staff gave up their desks and emails for an entire day in order to spend time volunteering at local non-profit organizations.
In total, 15 different organizations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland received volunteers from Canucks Sports & Entertainment, all of whom were willing to lend a helping hand wherever it was needed.
“Canucks Sports & Entertainment is proud to actively support community initiatives and to give back to the communities we all call home,” said Victor De Bonis, chief operating officer for Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “We understand the importance of volunteerism and offering this opportunity to our staff has been very rewarding for our employees and community partners.”
Since the start of Live To Give Day four years ago, Canucks staff have donated more than 1,800 man-hours to 30 different charities across Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Langley. This is all in addition to the work that the Canucks for Kids Fund does in assisting BC charities throughout the year.
One of the highlights of every Live To Give Day is the large team of Canucks employees that spends the day at Canuck Place setting up thousands of holiday lights in the garden. This year 40 volunteers strung lights, decorated trees and set-up holiday displays under the forgiving November sun in preparation for Canuck Place’s “Lighting of the House” at the end of month.
“Spending the day in the garden at Canuck Place was not only fun, but also very rewarding,” said Rylan Jay of the Vancouver Canucks Premium Client Service department. “Knowing that I’ve helped make the holiday season a bit brighter for the families there made it a very gratifying experience.”
Across town at the Canucks Autism Network (CAN), volunteers were working with a class from Lord Byng Secondary to create a number of stuffed toys for one of CAN’s in-school peer-mentoring programs.
“I had a fabulous day at CAN making ‘Sir Helps a Lot’, a stuffed animal crafted from a sock which will be distributed to schools in BC as part of the ‘We CAN Be Friends’ program,” said Leigh Miles of the Vancouver Canucks Event Services department. “It was very rewarding to meet and work alongside some of the people involved with this amazing program – I’m looking forward to next year already!”
In addition to Canuck Place and CAN, Canucks staff spent time at several other locations around town:
Canucks Autism Network (CAN)
Canucks Family Education Centre
Dress for Success Vancouver
Free Geek Vancouver
Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society
John Howard Society
Nicomekl Enhancement Society
Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS)
Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities
Phoenix Academy of Learning (PALS)
Ronald McDonald House
Starlight Children’s Foundation of Canada
Union Gospel Mission