Why Give?

Why Give?

The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) is an extension of what public servants do: improve the lives of Canadians. In 2018, public servants and retirees gave close to $30 million to charities across Canada as part of the GCWCC.

Because... It Helps

To see how donations make a difference, we invite you to watch a special video series that tells the stories of four people whose lives were changed by GCWCC donations. This series is entitled: “The Faces of the GCWCC: Real People. Real Stories. Real Difference.”

Together, we can have a tremendous impact on the lives of those in need. Our gifts matter.

Part 1
The Faces of the GCWCC – Part 1 – Transcript

Guest 1 – Kimberly Mountain

My name’s Kimberly Mountain, and about five years ago. It was actually exactly five years ago I was on a date with my boyfriend.

We were in the car and I felt a twitch on my face. And then I woke up on the side of the highway with paramedics and firefighters there and I heard him say, you had a seizure.

Basically, I found out I had a brain tumour and was admitted to the hospital.

Guest 2 – Colin Lochalamoi

My name’s Colin Lochalamoi. I am 14 years old. I’m in grade 10 and I go to Woodroffe High School.

If I didn’t come to the Boys and Girls Club, I don’t think I would be going anywhere else. I would just stay home. There’s always something to do, and when you’re doing something, there’s always like a staff or a volunteer to help you out.

When I come here, I never feel alone. I’m always with my friends. I’m always having fun, and I just never feel down.

Guest 3 – Allie Holloway

My name is Allie Holloway. I’m the Supervisor of Programs here at the Ottawa Humane Society.

I work in our Outreach Department running all of our children and adult programs. My dog’s name is Flecks. He is three years old currently, and we adopted him when he was six months old. He came into the shelter at six weeks old through an investigation that was going on, and at that time, he wasn’t able to move his hind legs.

Guest 4 – Mélanie Lapensée

My name is Mélanie. I’m a single mother with five children.

I’ve had many challenges in my life these last few years: a separation, isolation, depression, substance abuse. I found myself alone at home with my kids, and at one point, I didn’t know what to do or where to get help.

Part 2
The Faces of the GCWCC – Part 2 – Transcript

Guest 1 – Allie Holloway

While Flex was in our care he received a ton of special treatment in our clinic from our onsite veterinarians, and he also spent a few months in foster care really being rehabilitated and learning to walk again. Ever since we’ve adopted him, he’s been great at walking. He loves to swim, he loves to run, and it’s been a really nice addition to my family. I’m very thankful for everything the OHS does to help animals like Flex find a new home.

Guest 2 – Mélanie Lapensée

After a painful separation, after a period when there was – you know, looking back, it was a time when there was depression, illness, a separation. I had to leave my home for several months, with my kids. There was violence. All of that drove me to isolate myself and to drink. If there hadn’t been people around me to support and help me, like Les Enfants de l’Espoir de Hull, I would have had a much tougher time getting through this.

Guest 3 – Kimberly Mountain

The thing I was most afraid of with chemotherapy was that I was going to lose my hair. I mean as soon as you start losing hair, people know that you’re sick. That’s a very obvious sign that something’s wrong, and it’s hard to stay positive when you look like you’re sick. And most people wouldn’t know this, but because of the radiation and the chemotherapy combined, my hair did not grow back on one half of my head, and it won’t ever. So I am forever bald on the whole right side of my head and so I’m basically wearing wigs for life.

Guest 4 – Colin Lochalamoi

When you come to the Boys and Girls Club, there’s multiple things to do physically and mentally, so you can do like math, science, or like get help with homework. There’s always like sports and activities like basketball, soccer and hockey. The Boys and Girls Club is like a big, big family. We’re all – maybe we’re not related or like look the same, but we will have common interests and for some people it’s like a second home.

Part 3
The Faces of the GCWCC – Part 3 – Transcript

Guest 1 – Allie Holloway

The support that we get from the United Way Giving Campaign really allows us to do the work that we do. All of the donations that come in help support our programs and services that we already have in place as well as new services. I mean we just launched our new mobile spay/neuter clinic which is going into low income neighbourhoods of Ottawa and spaying and neutering those animals that wouldn’t otherwise have that care. It helps cover our rescue investigation services, our adoptions, our onsite clinic where animals are getting those lifesaving surgeries that they need. It’s really helping make a difference with every animal we see come through our doors.

Guest 2 – Colin Lochalamoi

My dad is currently in school to be a youth worker. My mom is a child – youth worker as well, and my little brothers go to school. Some things we couldn’t afford for – like just soccer and stuff, but with the Boys and Girls Club, we got the same experience for no price.

Guest 3 – Kimberly Mountain

Canadian Cancer Society Wig Salon was the first ones to let me try on a wig. I mean I had no idea where to go for a wig or what you’re supposed to do. It’s not something you would normally know until you went through this. And they had a sign up in the hospital saying, “You can come to the Wig Salon and we’ll fit you with one.” So the first wig I ever got was a free one donated by the Canadian Cancer Society, and I mean I felt good, but I didn’t look good. So once I put the wig on, I felt like finally I was me again.

Guest 4 – Mélanie Lapensée

When times were hardest, I was able to go to Les Enfants de l’Espoir, where they always welcomed me with open arms and I never felt judged. And that’s the great gift, the way I was welcomed, whether I was having a really hard time, just crying or not finding any more solutions to my problems. That’s precisely when they were the most welcoming, that’s when they listened. That’s what really helped me.

Part 4
The Faces of the GCWCC – Part 4 – Transcript

Guest 1 – Mélanie Lapensée

C’est extrêmement important les dons pour les organismes, les maisons de quartier, les maisons de famille pour aider les enfants, les familles dans le besoin. Il y en a beaucoup plus qu’on pense. C’est extrêmement important que ces organismes-là continuent à être où ils sont et à aider les gens.

Guest 2 – Kimberly Mountain

I really feel like people’s donations they should know make a huge difference for little things. Like me, they don’t realize could make a big difference for people’s self-confidence like a wig or research when they need it, but even like every little dollar could go towards something that could make a huge difference in someone’s life.

Guest 3 – Allie Holloway

The Ottawa Human Society is a great choice for your donations to go to. We’re always going to work harder and harder to make sure that we’re caring for Ottawa’s animals the best way possible. We’re not just caring for them here when they come in, but we’re also doing a lot of advocacy. Your funding will help us be able to reach people and let them know how to be responsible pet owners and how they can get the help that they need, maybe with our obedience classes, maybe with learning how to take care of a pet for the first time. We’re trying to do a really holistic approach to addressing animal welfare in Ottawa.

Guest 4 – Colin Lochalamoi

I want to go somewhere else for university and college, but I really want to come back and help the Boys and Girls Club to improve it for the future.

Guest 1 – Mélanie Lapensée

So please know that your donations are important and that you should continue to give in order to help families. It really makes a difference in people’s lives.

Because... I Care

Public servants and retirees are a diverse and compassionate group with a strong tradition of supporting those in need. Their reasons for giving to the GCWCC are just as diverse. Read about what motivates some of them to give.

If you have a story to share, we’d like to hear from you at gcwcc.ccmtgc@canada.ca.

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“…it matters because, we all matter…”

“Being a member of the public service affords certain privileges that do not extend to everyone in Canada. As such, I recognize that it is luck, chance, and opportunity that have given me “more” than what hundreds and thousands of people experience in their daily struggles. I care because poverty and inequality form part of a system that is not disconnected from me, as a public servant and a Canadian. I give because I can. It is crucial for us to drive our efforts towards those who are in need. And it matters because, we all matter.”

Sarah Ul-Haq, Canada School of Public Service, Ontario
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“…Our support is essential to our community’s diversity and vitality!”

“I feel privileged to be part of the large public service family and to have so many opportunities in my magnificent adopted region. However, we must not forget to look beyond our daily bubble and realize that others have not been as fortunate. Our support is essential to our community’s diversity and vitality!”

Cédric Kinnard, Canadian Coast Guard, Ottawa, Ontario
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“…my dollars will actually help change lives…”

“The GCWCC makes it convenient for me to give and I feel proud knowing that my dollars will actually help change lives. I have been privileged to see some of the impact of United Way and Health Partners’ work in our communities. One pillar of UW’s important work is to help kids be all they can be. By supporting multiple after-school programs, United Way is helping these children to feel like part of a community that cares for them. Most importantly, this provides a safe and positive space to spend their after-school hours.”

Marie-Chantale Bédard, Western Economic Diversification Lower Mainland, British Columbia
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“…I believe that it is our duty to care and feel compassion…”

“As a proud Muslim-Canadian, I believe that it is our duty to care and feel compassion for one’s fellow human beings. By giving to charity, we are not only helping those in need, we are also providing an invaluable benefit to our community and ourselves. Ask anyone who regularly gives to charity and they’ll tell you how good it makes them feel.”

Owais Khan, Health Canada, Ontario

Because... It Matters

The GCWCC helped more than 5,600 charities in over 90 Canadian communities deliver services and supports that are making a difference in people’s lives. Look below to see the impact of your donations to the 2018 campaign and the important causes and community investments you supported.

Infographic: How $30 million raised by 70,476 donors supported United Way, HealthPartners and many other charities.

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At the top of the infographic, the text states that, “$26,594,567 Donated by public servants + 3,165,286 Donated by retirees = $29,759,853 raised by 70,476 donors!”

On the left-hand side, the infographic shows that donations to United Way Centraide were distributed as follows:

- $4,947,795 helped people live healthier lives

- $4,260,602 helped children grow and succeed

- $2,748,775 lifted people out of poverty

- $1,786,703 built strong communities

On the right-hand side, the infographic shows that donations to HealthPartners were allocated as follows:

- $2,684,382 saved lives through R&D

- $2,210,668 kept Canadians healthy

- $1,539,572 made us smarter about our health

- $1,460,619 supported families

At the bottom, the infographic indicates that the $395,507 donated to ProjectBe supported initiatives focused on Youth Mental Health, Refugee Settlement and Addressing Homelessness and that $8,120,736 was donated to a wide range of other registered Canadian charities.

Thank you!

Your generous gifts are having a real impact on the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

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