At Montridge, we see it as our responsibility to dedicate time and effort to improve our environment and community. Collectively and individually, we support and are involved with a number of charitable organizations throughout the year. Our ongoing initiatives are an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others by investing in education, people and social development.
In 2016 Montridge created a Holiday Staff Charity Fund with the money that has historically been spent on Christmas cards and clients gifts. Each December every Montridge staff member selects a charity close to their heart and a portion of the fund is donated to each charity of choice. The charities vary from Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation — raising money to help the hospital save lives, restore health, and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages to the Surrey Christmas Bureau — providing toys, games, sports equipment, winter clothing and Christmas dinners to low-income families.
2020 Charity Donor/Donees
Damien Lacey – Athletics For Kids
I have chosen this charity because I am a big lover of sport. I believe the essence of sports is captured best through children. In the past, in my home country of Ireland, I regularly worked as a volunteer coaching my local kids sports team annually and in the summer I worked at sports summer camps throughout the district. I think all kids should have the equal chance to play sports and the fact that financial restraints can hold children back from playing certain sports is something terrible.
Athletics for kids ensures all children (ages ages 5 to 18 who are currently enrolled in school) in British Columbia, regardless of socioeconomic status, can participate in organized sport by helping families with the expenses of doing it through providing financial assistance. More than 1/3 of Canadian children can’t participate in sports or recreational activities due to financial barriers.
Preet Pall – Global Change For Children
One of my passions is to backpack the world. Having been to many countries, I’ve seen how education and health care can uplift a person, a community, a city. As a mom, my heart goes out to the children. 11 years ago, a group of friends and I wanted to make a difference and be an inspiration to others. We started Global Change For Children with a mission to provide healthcare and education to children–using 100% of the monies raised at our annual fundraiser. We are 100% volunteer-run. We strive to keep 50% of the funds in Canada and 50% of the funds internationally. Montridge is a strong supporter–providing not only cash donations, but also a flexible work schedule to help run this small non-profit.
Some of our past projects include: Developing kids’ meal programs in the Yukon; In BC, partnering with Surrey Options and Cameray Family and Child services to support children who are victims of crime, abuse and trauma with healing tools; Building libraries and soccer fields in Africa; Bringing water to schools in Laos; Bringing medical care to burn victims in Peru;
Montridge is a strong supporter–providing not only cash donations, but also a flexible work schedule to help run this small non-profit.
Craig Miller – Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation
I would like to direct my donation to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation once again. They have set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to support our front-line caregivers which seems appropriate as this year continues. Their mission: raising money to help the hospital save lives, restore health, and provide comfort to seriously injured and ill patients of all ages. Our daughter was born at Royal Columbian Hospital more than 2 months before her anticipated due date. ‘Baby Schmiller’ spent over 7 weeks in the NICU at RCH before coming home with us–including the entire holiday season that year. Throughout our stay at RCH we received tremendous care, support, and guidance from all of the staff, physicians, and – especially – the nurses. For this, we will always be grateful.
Kandy Cantwell – Surrey Christmas Bureau
It’s been a year where I wanted to focus my donation on helping to provide some cheer & good memories as 2020 comes to a close. The Surrey Christmas Bureau’s mission is to provide toys, games, sports equipment, winter clothing and Christmas dinners to low-income families. They are a volunteer run non profit. Any contribution made will go toward the purchase and distribution of age-appropriate toys for children in Surrey.
Jaime Laprise – Kid Sport
Organized sport provides children with a setting to build confidence, friendships and skills that can last a lifetime. I had the privilege of playing sports throughout my childhood and couldn’t imagine how different my life would be without those great experiences. Every holiday season Operation Red Nose, and their generous volunteers, commit their time and effort towards generating donations for the benefit of Kid Sport – an organization that helps cover the cost of registration so that all kids aged 18 and under can play sports. The pandemic has prevented Operation Red Nose from taking place this holiday season so I’m throwing my support behind this amazing cause.
Judith Mewhort – Poppy Fund
This year I have chosen to donate to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund. The fund helps support Veterans and their families. As with many things this year, donations to the Poppy Fund were affected by the pandemic. Fewer people had access to the traditional poppy boxes in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day and donations to the Poppy Fund suffered as a result. In a year in which so many are in need of support, I have chosen to give to this cause after learning about the Legion’s amazing work in caring for members of our society who are often forgotten after giving so much in the service of Canada.
Corinne Prevost – BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation
As in years past, my charity of choice is BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation. This charity is especially important to me because I personally experienced the amazing care that BC Women’s Hospital provides when I was in emergency labour with both my daughters. The highest risk pregnancies and births and the most critically-ill newborn babies in the province are sent to BC Women’s for the highest level of specialized care. BC Women’s is Canada’s leader in educating and training doctors, midwives, nurses and allied health professionals in all aspects of women’s and newborn health.
Doug Birks – World Health Organization
For my 2020 charity donation, I have chosen the World Health Organization. This year, the world has shared the challenge of coming together in a global effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization has been a global leader in the fight by supporting vulnerable nations in prevention, detection and response; which is why I have chosen their Covid-19 Solidary Response Fund for this year’s donation.
Montridge currently supports the following organizations:
For the past 6 years Montridge has supported Motionball. The 2019 Motionball Marathon of Sport was the largest Vancouver fundraiser to date with 36 teams of over 400 young professionals and 40 Special Olympics participants raising a record-breaking $180,000 net in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation! Montridge employees are proud to participate in this event, teamed up alongside local Special Olympics athletes.
Benefits Of Caring
Montridge is a proud sponsor for the Benefits of Caring – a bi-annual charity auction event organized by volunteers from the benefits, pension and investment community in BC in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada, and is one of the largest contributors to Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC). Benefits of Caring events have raised over $800,000 for OCC.
Rotary Coquitlam Sunrise
The Rotary is committed to working on a number of local and global community projects. Projects range from packing food hampers or picking up garbage; to international projects such as packing shipping containers of much-needed supplies for less-developed countries, or working to eradicate polio.
Global Change for Children
Our associate Preet Pall is a Founding Director and Montridge is a proud sponsor of GC4C – an organization dedicated to helping children by providing financial and other types of assistance. Their objective is to promote and enhance the health, education, social and economic development of children in disadvantaged regions throughout the world.