Holcim (Canada) Inc. celebrated the success of its Together for Communities (TFC) employee volunteer effort through a series of special photo exhibition events documenting the year-long initiative.
As part of a larger global movement in honor of parent company Holcim Ltd.'s centennial in 2012, the initiative encouraged all 3,000 Holcim Canada employees to give back to the communities where they live and work. Throughout the year, employees captured images of their volunteer acts, the engaging results of which form the content of the photo exhibitions, culminating in a special event today, to coincide with International Volunteer Day 2012.
Recently, in Montreal, Quebec, employees from Holcim Canada operations in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces, including Demix Agrégats, Demix Béton and Demix Construction, attended a private reception at La TOHU Performance Centre. On display were images taken by Holcim Canada employees of their experiences participating in the Together for Communities initiative.
The internationally-acclaimed Voxapella Choir – volunteers themselves –also gave a performance. In addition to community stakeholders, the event was attended by executive and senior Holcim Canada management, as they honored employees of the company that contributed to the initiative. Over the course of the year, Holcim's Quebec and Atlantic region engaged with more than 90 different organizations, which benefited from the TFC initiative.
Nancy Gagnon, manager of Maison Jacques Ferron, a shelter for people with serious mental health difficulties, said, “We are very lucky and spoiled to benefit from the extraordinary generosity and precious help of Holcim Canada's employees. With the Together for Communities initiative this year, Holcim Canada employees have volunteered for more than 1,000 hours to help us renovate the center. We are really thankful.”