Vancouver employees support local non-profits
Methanex is committed to making a positive impact in the communities in which we live, work and play. That is why this year we have focused our teambuilding activities on volunteering in our communities. In May 2016, our Vancouver, B.C. based Corporate Development and Supply Chain teams volunteered their time with local non-profits.
The Methanex Corporate Development team volunteered with the Harvest Project (www.harvestproject.org). The Harvest Project is a community-based urban relief organization that connects with more than 1000 North Shore residents each month by providing physical, emotional and spiritual support that empowers each person to take positive steps in their lives.
The team kicked off their support with a fundraising pancake breakfast, whisking and flipping more than 200 pancakes at a well-attended breakfast. “Methanex has a program to match employees’ non-profit donations,” explained Carson Yeung, Business Development Analyst, Methanex, Vancouver, B.C. “With that support, we were able to donate more than $3000 to the Harvest Project.” The team also toured Harvest Project's facilities, taking part in an interactive workshop and spending the afternoon tidying up the organization's garden.
The Methanex Supply Chain team supported PALS Autism Society (www.palsautismschool.ca), the only school and adult program in British Columbia specializing in teaching core education, life and employment skills to children and young adults with autism so that they can become independent members of their communities.
After receiving a warm welcome from PALS students and staff, they went to work relocating furniture and reorganizing the workspace. At lunchtime, the Methanex team was treated to snacks from the PALS Café. Students took orders, prepared sandwiches and cookies, and served the meals and drinks to the volunteers.
In addition to supporting the local community, employees appreciated the opportunity to get to know each other away from the office. "It's inspiring to see your colleagues engaged and passionate about helping others," said Jessica Wood-Rupp, Global Supply Chain Planner, Methanex, Vancouver, BC.
Methanex has a long standing commitment to community involvement; it supports employee participation with grants and participates in United Way Days of Caring. This is just one of ways we aim to be a respected and valued corporate citizen. Spending time together volunteering gives us the opportunity to bring a different kind of energy to Lower Mainland communities, and to create positive impacts where we work and live.
Learn more about our commitment to the community on our Responsible Care pages.