Philanthropic Contest

iA employee favourites!

Announcement of the winners: Week of December 6, 2021

The winners

Quebec

Winner of an additional $5,000

La Bouchée généreuse
Provide food and clothes

For the past 15 years, we have provided 210 children with new winter clothes. With the ever-increasing demand, we would like to provide adequate winter clothing to more children in need, so that will be done with a portion of the donation. Also, every Thursday, we distribute food baskets to more than 600 families in the greater Quebec City area. This distribution reaches over 700 children per week. The other part of the donation will help us improve the food baskets for families with children, including nutritious snacks and prepared meals for school.

Charity’s mission

La Bouchée généreuse contributes to community improvement by meeting the needs of the underprivileged in Quebec City and the surrounding area. Our services include food distribution, a low-cost clothing and furniture counter, a community grocery shop, the services of a lawyer, an optician on Thursdays, summer camps, distribution of winter clothes to 210 children and unconditional listening.

Ontario

Winner of an additional $5,000

Autism in Mind Children’s Charity
School Readiness Program

This program is designed for children with autism, ages 3 to 6 years of age, who are preparing to enter school for the first time. Our aim is to help kids transition smoothly to a public-school environment. This program will be run by behaviour therapists, supported by occupational therapist and speech therapist in a 1:2 or 1:3 low teacher: student ratio to provide opportunities for children to learn basic group readiness skills.

The short-term outcome is to help the children to learn basic skills required in a group learning environment. This will help reduce the anxiety and behaviour when going to public school system for the first time. It will ultimately give the children at an early age the ability and confident to function in a group setting so that they have same opportunity to learn and participate in their community.

Charity’s mission

Raise awareness and acceptance in our communities, challenge the social stigmas of autism. Help others to understand that children with autism deserve equal opportunity to live up to their full potential. Enhance the lives of children with autism through our programs and support their participation in the community.

https://www.autisminmind.org

Western Provinces

Winner of an additional $5,000

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
STAR Initiative

This grant of $100,000 would support us in participating in a new initiative to support children with Sickle Cell disease under 10 years of age.  Collaboration is important to analyze a larger set of data to confirm this hypothesis and make this the standard Sickle Cell treatment for young children in the future.

It will support CancerCare Manitoba's participation in a clinical trial to determine if an early stem cell transplant from a young sibling donor is a safe and more effective method for transplantation.

Charity’s mission

CancerCare Manitoba's mission is to reduce and, where possible, eliminate the burden of cancer on the people of Manitoba and their pediatric oncology department is committed to reducing the rates of childhood cancer and blood disorders and increase childhood survival rates.

https://www.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/

Atlantic Canada and Northern Canada

Winner of an additional $5,000

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador
Kids Eat Smart

$100,000 = 100,000 Breakfasts. Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL serves 5.3 million meals every school and on average $1 is a breakfast for a child.  There are many reasons why children come to school hungry.  In Canada, 1 in 3 children go to school hungry. Sadly, our province has the largest proportion of students who do not eat breakfast at home.

We support school age children - kindergarten to grade 12 and protect those most vulnerable who may not have food at home.We are the only school feeding program in NL that ensures every child has access to food at school.

Charity’s mission

Our vision is that every school age child in Newfoundland and Labrador has access to food at school, at no cost to families. Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is a registered charity that partners with schools, communities, volunteers, and sponsors to support the education, health, and well-being of school age children through Kids Eat Smart Clubs. Run by volunteers in schools and community centres throughout NL, we serve 31,000 meals every school day.

https://www.kidseatsmart.ca/