, Dec. 19, 2013
/CNW/ - This holiday season, Siemens Canada
is recognizing employees who "walk the talk" when it comes to Corporate
Social Responsibility. The company is donating a total of $30,000
four Canadian non-profit organizations in recognition of the winners of
an internal employee contest called the Greatest Community Supporter Contest
Through their inspiring applications, contestants demonstrated their
dedication to supporting their communities through volunteering and
fundraising activities; in total they raised more than $46,000 for
non-profit organizations and volunteered more than 11,500 hours, or the
equivalent of 480 days of their spare time.
To enter the Greatest Community Supporter Contest, Siemens employees
from across the country shared their stories of community involvement.
Applications were shortlisted by Siemens employees through online
voting and winners were selected by a committee made up of members of
the Executive Management team that oversee Siemens' corporate social
responsibility (CSR) activities.
Two top winners were selected to receive $10,000 donations to their
charities of choice, with two runner-up winners receiving $5,000
donations to their charities.
The winner of the fundraising category, Steve Mainguy of Oakville, ON,
chose to support the Coast To Coast Against Cancer Foundation with
Siemens' donation. Mainguy fundraised more than $13,000 for the
organization by cycling 1,349 kms over eight days at two annual cycling
events. His team raised more than $385,000 for the cause. Learn more: www.coasttocoastagainstcancer.org
The winner of the volunteering category, Scott Nameth of Cambridge, ON,
chose to grant the donation to the Scorpions Youth Volleyball Club.
Nameth organized a developmental volleyball program for boys in Grades
7 and 8 for the club, engaging local youths to participate in sports.
Learn more: www.scorpionsvolleyball.ca
The runner-up in the volunteering category, Katie Cobb of Montreal, QC,
supported the West Island Association for the Intellectually
Handicapped in her hometown with Siemens' $5,000 donation. Cobb has
volunteered for many years by spending time with teens and adults
supported by the association and most recently supported their annual
fundraising walk. Learn more: www.wiaih.qc.ca
The runner-up in the fundraising category, John Marett of Peterborough,
ON, donated the $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes.
Marett is a member of a cycling team that fundraised $23,000 for the
charity through the Team Steffie Foundation, a non-profit organization
that focuses on raising funds for youth organizations. Learn more: www.bgckl.ca
The Greatest Community Supporter Contest is a bi-annual competition organized by Siemens Canada's Caring Hands
Employee Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to championing CSR
activities at Siemens.
"Our employees have made a remarkable impact in their communities
through fundraising and volunteering activities and it is inspiring to
see them setting the example for all of us by incorporating social
responsibility to their lives. Giving back and walking the talk is
paramount at Siemens Canada, as is having a platform to recognize our
employees' CSR activities. Congratulations to our exceptional contest
- Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada Limited
About Siemens Canada
For more than 100 years the innovative ideas from Siemens have helped
make Canada a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more
than 4,500 employees in Canada work together to provide answers that
last in the fields of industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure
solutions for cities. Since it was federally chartered in 1912, Siemens
has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and
reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada in fiscal 2013 (ended
September 30), were $2.0 billion CAD. The company has 46 offices and 13
manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada. Further information is
available at www.siemens.ca.
About Siemens Caring Hands and the Caring Hands Employee Committee
The Siemens Caring Hands program was established in 2005 to coordinate
and bundle corporate social responsibility activities, including
donations, volunteerism, disaster relief and sponsorships. In 2010
Siemens Canada formed the Caring Hands Employee Committee to further
unite the efforts of Siemens employees from coast-to-coast and to
champion Caring Hands programs throughout the year including
benefitting Siemens' charity of record, Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Siemens Caring Hands represents a culture of giving that is cultivated
by Siemens Canada and focuses on support for humanitarian and
environmental non-profit organizations. Over years, Siemens Canada has
made a significant impact in enhancing lives through its charitable
SOURCE Siemens Canada Limited