We give where we live.
Disclaimer – I am a #TeamTELUS advocate and this post was written in affiliation with TELUS. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are my own.
Volunteerism is high on our list of values we want to instil in Little One. Service to community, whether it be the involvement in labour, fundraising, baking, or other, every bit of help is valuable.
Our family has a few charities and causes that are close to our hearts and we support these causes year-round. Since Little One was born at 28 weeks and was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, we support the hospital and the NICU monthly. The work the doctors, nurses, and staff do is incredible. Little One would probably not be here today if it were not for the medical team and the NICU staff at Mount Sinai. To them we owe our deepest thanks.
Because of my father’s heart condition, we support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. John and I have both lost loved ones to cancer, so we feel it is important for us to support the Canadian Cancer Society and the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Our daughter will be turning ten years old next week, and the message we try to hit home is that acts of service and volunteering are important not only because they are needed, but because they give us a greater sense of the world around us. We tell her that we do not announce to everyone that we do what we do, but we do it because we want to and because it is important to us as a family. Acts of kindness without others knowing that you have done them have great value. It warms my heart to see Little One do things like leaving baked goods at people’s doorsteps or leaving positive Post-It notes wherever she goes. When she goes to the store to buy a treat for herself with money she has saved up, oftentimes she will buy an extra treat for a friend, for John or me, or for the Food Bank.
“You don’t have to tell people you’re doing something kind. Just do it.” This said, I’ve mentioned a few of the causes we support in this blog post, because I would love to get the word out and hopefully more people can support them.
We are trying to teach our child that what is important are acts of kindness from the heart (and without expectation of acknowledgement). The simple act of doing is the reward.
Volunteering is fun, connects people, makes a difference, enables one to be appreciated, learn new skills, become aware of what life is like for those less privileged, and those who volunteer can possibly explore job and career possibilities.
We give where we live
For us, supporting locally is also important. We support local businesses and fellow farmers. There are many fundraising events on the island, as well as many charitable organizations. Living in the rural North, it is common for us to attend spaghetti suppers at local community halls or a fish fry here and there!
Supporting locally is so important to us.
My first connection to TELUS was back in 2000 when I returned from two years of teaching overseas. I had a flip phone (which I thought was SO cool back in the day) and TELUS was my network provider. Almost nineteen years later, and they’re still my network provider! Only now, TELUS is so much more than just keeping me digitally connected.
TELUS’ community investment and philosophy of giving where we live is inspiring. They’ve cultivated a giving culture, where people across the nation along with the TELUS team have donated hundreds of thousands of hours of their time each year to various causes. In areas of health, education, and the environment, Canadians are giving where we live.
Because of the TELUS philosophy of giving where we live, I hold them in high regard. Taking care of community is a value we share. I was able to experience that first-hand when I was in Vancouver with TELUS this year. As #TeamTELUS Advocates, my peers and I were able to make a difference in the lives of children in the Greater Vancouver Area by packing 500 backpacks with food for Backpack Buddies.
In the past few years, with the help of TELUS, we have been able to give where we live.
The other year, we were able to help newcomers to Canada when a few Eritrean families were welcomed to the community. We were able to support learners of English as a second language by donating $500 for the ESL students at Assiginack Public School. The donation by TELUS on my behalf enabled the school to purchase an iPad and ESL apps and programs for the Eritrean students that attended the school.
Each year, Little One and I come up with a list of local organizations we would like to support. Though there are many causes we would like to support, this year, we chose to support Manitoulin Pet Rescue.
A BIG thank you to TELUS for helping us Give Where We Live!
On Manitoulin Island, there is a need for forever homes for kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs. Because Manitoulin Pet Rescue is a not-for-profit organization and is sustained by public donations, every donation counts.