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Making Acts of Kindness Less Random

Posted by Brian Summerfelt on Feb 26, 2019 10:31:05 AM

Some things are just a natural fit. 

February 18 to 22 was Random Acts of Kindness Week: a time when we’re all encouraged to do kind things for others. Spontaneity is encouraged: there should be no reward or ulterior motive. It's simply about doing something unexpected and kind, and feeling good about making our communities a little better.

We create a lot of our own kindness initiatives every year at MetCredit. We do blood drives, where employees receive a paid day off for donating blood. We are longtime sponsors of Kidsport Canada, helping less fortunate young Canadians get involved in sporting activities. Last Christmas we donated to Toys for Tots, as well as to homeless families and youth shelters in Vancouver and Toronto. It never stops, and I love it.

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Topics: Community Engagement, Donations

MetCredit Steps Up to Help Rescue Grande Cache Students’ Field Trip

Posted by Brian Summerfelt on May 11, 2016 9:05:52 PM

When the Grande Cache Coal Mine closed on Christmas Eve of 2015, it was a dark day for its 220 employees and an entire community. The mine was among the biggest employers in Grande Cache, and had financially supported many important activities in and around the Alberta town of 4,500. 

One of those activities was an annual Edmonton field trip for sixth grade students of Summitview School. Every year, the coal mine was a major contributor to a two-day adventure  with visits to the Alberta Legislature and Telus World of Science. It enabled small-town students to see first hand the inner workings of provincial government and get excited about science and technology. When the coal mine closed, it looked like the field trips – and the valuable experiences they brought – would be over.

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Topics: Community Engagement

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