YPN Ontario Committee Recognizes Members Who GIVE Back

EFC’s Young Professionals Network stands on three core pillars: Gather, Grow, and Give.

For years, YPNs hosted live ‘Gather’ events, in-person ‘Grow’ training sessions, and have met up to carry out charitable ‘Give’ initiatives. But with the declaration of a global pandemic, YPN members have had to pivot their strategies this year.

Instead of in-person gatherings, ‘Gather’ and ‘Grow’ events were held on virtual platforms.

And rather than meeting in-person to stuff shoeboxes with essential items or collect donations for local shelters, ‘Give’ initiatives were shared by YPN members, across the province, on their social networks.

At the start of the month, EFC’s YPN Ontario committee asked members in their region to use the hashtag #YPNGIVE when sharing theses various give-back initiatives and volunteers efforts on their social platforms. Whether you tagged us or not, we want to recognize the following member companies for giving back to their communities this season.

You’ve shown us that together we can make a difference!


To start this off, EFC would like to thank all our members for contributing to our charity of choice, Habitat for Humanity Canada. Every year, members from across Canada contribute their time and effort to Habitat for Humanity, helping thousands of Canadians gain affordable and safe housing. Thank you again for supporting this meaningful cause!


Eaton Gives Canadians Access to Affordable Housing

Eaton is honored to be part of another Habitat for Humanity International project in the Toronto area, an initiative that gives people access to affordable housing. Their team extends a congratulations to the families that have moved into their new homes and are can now live in a vibrant community. View the LinkedIn post. | Watch the video

Thank you to Umesh Patel for sharing this story.


Service Wire Builds Healthier and Safer Communities

Service Wire made a generous donation to Habitat for Humanity. Their contribution ensures more families have a safe and affordable place to call home before the end of the year. View the LinkedIn post


To view a list of members who have contributed to H4H, click here to view the 2019 impact report.


Now let’s spotlight our members ‘give-back’ initiatives:


ABB’s Annual Giving Campaign Supports Charities

ABB has setup an Annual Giving Campaign that focuses on giving back to its charity partners, Canadian Red Cross, HealthPartners and United Way Centraide. The goal of their giving back initiative was to uplift more communities, including the ones where they live and work.

ABB matched all its donations – dollar for dollar.

This is an internal employee program shared by YPN Ontario committee member, Robert Hennessey.


Beghelli Canada’s 12 Days of Christmas Helps Conquer Cancer

In 2011, Robin Billingsley started the 12 Days of Christmas. In honour of her memory, Beghelli Canada donated $12000 to The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. This donation will help support research in the fight against cancer. View the LinkedIn post here.

Thank you to Jennifer Simmons for sharing this story.


City Electric Supply Raises Over $2000 Towards its Make-A-Wish Milwaukee Campaign

City Electric Supply raised over $2000 towards its Make-A-Wish Milwaukee Jobsite Radio Raffle campaign. All contributors to this campaign were entered into a draw. 10 winners were selected by City Electric Supply who received new Milwaukee radios. View the LinkedIn story here.

Thank you to Sabrina Stalteri for sharing this story.


Gerrie Electric Makes Holiday Dreams Come True For Children in Need

For many years, the entire Gerrie team has contributed to the local Salvation Army Toy Drive.
Though 2020 has been a challenging year for so many, Gerrie Electric still wanted to ensure every child has a toy under the tree.
Gerrie Electric gave a special thanks to their teams for their generosity during the holiday season, and Tammy Leavitt, an employee from their Burlington Branch, who has been facilitating the toy drive for more than 25 years.  View the LinkedIn post here.

Thank you to Joanna Kwant, YPN Ontario chair, for sharing this story and leading this campaign.


HPS Electric Solutions Inc. Brings Comfort and Joy to Their Communities

HPS and its employees donated $47,729 to local foodbanks and ‘giving tree’ programs this holiday season. View the post.

Thank you to Stefanie Bradley for sharing this story.




Omni Cable Doubles Their Give-Back Efforts

Through the OmniCable Foundation, this holiday season, Omni Cable employees donated to any charity of their choice. To maximize their give-back efforts, OmniCable matched all employees’ donations dollar for dollar. View the LinkedIn post here.


Signify Lights Up More Neighbourhoods

While more people have access to electricity, there’s still room to reach more communities. Signify recognized this opportunity and donated solar lights to off-grid communities. Their donation has helped more people feel safer and more connected in their neighbourhoods. Learn more about their initiative here: https://signify.co/2SuqbAw | View the LinkedIn post here.

Thank you to Ilval Vasavada for sharing this story.


Southwire Gives Hope for the Holidays in Final Phase of $1 Million Donation

Southwire provided ‘Hope for the Holidays’, during the months of November and December, by giving a total of $250,000 to organizations like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army, Angel Tree, Feed My Starving Children and more. This brings their total amount of donations, this year, to $1 million.

This Southwire initiative started back in April after they announced that they would be expanding their philanthropic efforts by donating a total of $1 million toward COVID-19 relief. To kick this off, they made a $500,000 donation to Feeding America® and other similar international organizations across its communities. Then in July, Southwire held a virtual ‘Back to School’ event in celebration of its $250,000 donation given through more than 35,000 bags of free school supplies that were shipped across the country to local children in need. On top of this, the company hosted a virtual ‘Hope for the Holidays’ fundraising event to celebrate its 70th anniversary, with a goal of raising an additional $70,000 to help more communities. Read more.

Thank you to Maria Sial for sharing this story.


Stanpro – Katy’s Donation Day

Every year in December, the Stanpro family celebrates Katy’s Donation Day, an initiative started by Stanpro’s President and CEO, David Nathaniel’s late sister Katy Shebath. On that day, a percentage of all their clients’ purchases are allocated to various charitable organizations across Canada. This year, Stanpro’s annual Katy’s Donation Day was held on December 2nd, 2020. Learn more about the program here: https://lnkd.in/epEdtwuView the LinkedIn post here.

This story was shared by YPN Ontario committee member, Nicole Griffo.


Viscor, a Leviton Company Steps in to Ensure Food Can Reach Canadians Who Need It

As part of its ongoing give-back efforts, Viscor regularly provides an essential service to those that are food insecure through the North York Harvest Food Bank.
Viscor did not slow down these efforts in a pandemic! This year, they collected several bins of non-perishable goods to support the campaign to end hunger in vulnerable communities. View the LinkedIn post here.

This story was shared by YPN Ontario vice-chair, Lori Bagazzoli.