Desjardins members, clients and agents working to support their neighbours.
We can't ignore the crisis happening around us. The pandemic has become a reality, both here and in the global community. But it's also important to seek out the acts of kindness we're sharing with one another. These acts and our cooperative spirit are what bring us together as neighbours and as human beings.
Desjardins has announced various relief measures for our members and clients, and we've also announced additional measures to support our communities. But right now, we'd like to shine a light on the community support being given by our members, clients and agents. No matter how big or small, everything they've done has a positive impact. Their actions can inspire all of us to help combat COVID-19. These are just a few of their stories.
Desjardins members and clients
We're very proud of our members and clients. As a cooperative, we're inspired by organizations who give back and support their community.
Collège Boréal recently donated their medical equipment to help transform the Clarion Hotel into a care site for patients from Health Sciences North (Sudbury, ON). In total, 19 hospital beds were lent to the cause, along with nightstands and CPR boards.
Stack Brewing, of opened their doors in 2013, serving the Sudbury community. They were so popular that they soon expanded their distribution throughout Ontario. After COVID-19 affected their operations, Stack had a surplus of food that they donated to vulnerable families in need.
Desjardins Insurance has over 460 agents in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick. They're local business owners and active community members. Many of them are working hard to not only serve their clients, but to support their communities as well.
Crystal Metz has been serving the Medicine Hat, AB, community for 10 years. In response to COVID-19, Crystal and her team purchased 350 loaves of bread from their local bakery to support their local food bank. Crystal has also done a live webinar for her local business support group on best practices from working from home. She continues to encourage her employees to think of ways they can support the community and to offer their help wherever they can, even if it seems small. Last year, Crystal donated $2,000 to the BeYouth Centre in support of the Medicine Hat community.
Ted Byrt is an agent who's been serving Edmonton, AB, since 1995. When he heard that a local restaurant was closing their dining room and offering take-out and frozen food, Ted teamed up with them to donate food to hospital workers in the area. Thanks to Ted and his team, $500 of healthy frozen soups were donated by the restaurant to hospital workers. His leadership has inspired other businesses to pick up the same torch and support their community.