2021 Holiday Season
This holiday season, Oshawa Community will be supporting a variety of charities and are asking for your support!
For more than 15 years Oshawa Community has supported the annual Salvation Army Toy Drive. Help make a child’s Christmas a little brighter by bringing in a new, unwrapped gift to the branch between December 1st – 20th.
In honour of Sharon Clark’s memory, Oshawa Community and staff will be supporting the Durham Children’s Aid Society by making an annual donation at Christmas time in her name. Also, our members, who have been selling their homemade goods; Lady Marmalade’s preserves (jams, pickles, beats, relishes, jellies and “the best” antipasto spread imaginable – great for holiday parties) as well as Clancey and Gale’s Maple Products, produced locally in Pontypool, have generously agreed to continue donating 10% of profits to The Durham Children’s Aid Society.
To help those affected by the flooding in southern BC, Central 1, Canada’s largest payments processor for credit unions, has teamed up with the Canadian Red Cross to create a donation portal for credit unions. This donation portal will allow credit unions and their members to make donations directly to the Canadian Red Cross to fund emergency relief for those impacted by the natural disasters in BC through Oshawa Community’s website.
It really is in us to give. Some people shy away from giving to charities because they’re skeptical whether the funds are used responsibly. Over 4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion each year. When you give blood, it doesn’t cost you anything except an hour of your time. Furthermore, there’s no question that your donation will help someone who desperately needs it. Bonus: to help stabilize your blood sugar and fluid levels you always get free snacks!
Every few months, Administration Manager and Compliance Officer, Linda Treen graciously organizes a team outing for employees to donate blood. On October 19th, 2021, Oshawa Community employees Amy Munro, Patricia Albrecht, Linda Treen and CEO John Remillard, donated blood at the Canadian Blood Services Centre in Oshawa.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30th marked Canada’s first National Day of Truth & Reconciliation. To commemorate this day, we took the opportunity to educate ourselves and our members about what happened to the Indigenous Canadians in the past, how we are taking steps to make amends and to learn about the Indigenous culture.
Longtime member and Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, Rick Bourque works for several local organizations including UOIT and Ontario Shores. We were pleased to have Rick lead the staff in a smudging followed by a Sun Dance on this day.
Oshawa Community also held a draw for members to win 1 of 5 award-winning books relating to the tragic events that took place at the Residential Schools, as well as short stories written by revered Indigenous authors. Oshawa Community also made a $1000 donation to Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwag Services Circle (NASC) in Peterborough. NASC is a non-profit organization that provides services for Indigenous women and their families who have experienced violence or are at risk of experiencing violence.