Impacting lives, making a difference.
As a socially responsible organization, Equitable Bank has a core value of helping to create a better environment for everyone. Even if we can make a difference by helping one person at a time, we believe that difference will impact many in the long run. Here are some of the activities Equitable Bank participates in to help build a stronger connection with those in need in our communities - and with each other through ongoing teamwork.
40 Oaks - Throughout the year, Equitable Bank employees are volunteering to help serve freshly cooked meals to impoverished community members of Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, filling in for regular volunteers. 40 Oaks is a new building that includes affordable housing units and a community centre.
Madison Community Services, a registered charity, works to promote the health, recovery and community integration of those with serious mental health challenges. We provide ongoing financial and volunteer support to Madison and through the Equitable Bank (EQB) Madison Education Bursary, we directly support individuals living with addiction and mental illness to pursue a form of formal education or life skills development to foster independence.
The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) celebrated its second year in 2016. Toronto-based Trudy Erin Elmore took the first place award of $5,000 for her work, Stranded Assets. Trudy's piece has been added the bank's collection of modern and contemporary art and is on display at our Toronto head office. Four finalists were awarded $1,000 prizes. The EDAA is designed to foster experimentation in the work of emerging artists and build on funding opportunities currently available to those working in digital media. This annual award reflects Equitable Bank's commitment to support Canadian arts communities.
Preparing lunches for Calgary school children is something our Calgary employees have done enthusiastically and are on call for any time they're needed again to lend a helping hand. They signed on with the Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids Society (BB4CK) when they heard that one in 10 Canadian children live in poverty and some may be attending school without a lunch. BB4CK delivers more than 1,500 lunches a day to Calgary schools.
Montreal children's hospitals and charities benefitted from a golf putter auction at the Dankooz Golf Tournament, which we co-sponsored. Players in the tournament helped raise more than $100,000, split among Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation and La Fondation de l'Hôpital Ste-Justine, and others.
EQB Ride for Heart Team 2015 - The over 200-member Equitable team, made up of employees, their families and business partners, rode in Canada's largest charity cycling event dedicated to fundraise to support vital research and programs to help eliminate heart disease and stroke. We raised $48,864.66, and came in second place in the Financial Services category, winning a Silver Wheel award.
JDRF Ride for Diabetes Research is an annual multi-city event where teams of five each ride on a stationary bike for seven minutes at a time. To be participate, each team member must raise at least $150. All of the proceeds go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
ALS Plane Pull witnessed 3 teams and 30 members comprised of our staff, pulling a 37,000 pound plane successfully for ALS Canada at the Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto. Our team was among the top five fundraisers for the event.
Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation is our single largest charitable cause and one we have supported for the past 16 years as Title Sponsor of the Mount Sinai Hospital Classic Golf Tournament. Since its inception, the tournament has generated in excess of $4.5 million for research, patient care and medicine.