MONTREAL — Pomerleau has announced donations worth over $600,000 to organizations working in health care, health research and food support for vulnerable populations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The campaign is labelled Love is an Essential Service, explained a June 1 release. The contribution includes personal donations by the two company owners, Pierre and Francis Pomerleau.
“As we are all deeply touched by the countless human and economic challenges caused by this historic pandemic, we wanted to continue the spirit of giving and goodwill,” said Pierre Pomerleau, president and CEO, in a statement.
“This is where our love value truly resonates: for 50 years, and now more than ever, Pomerleau has been committed to the well-being and prosperity of the communities that have welcomed it. In today’s environment, it was only natural for us to offer them our support through donations in addition to our generous annual philanthropic program.”
The recipients are all involved in pandemic relief efforts: Doctors of the World; Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer of the Universite de Montreal; Community Food Sharing Association, St. John’s; Food Depot Alimentaire, New Brunswick; Food Banks of Quebec; Moisson Beauce, Saint-Georges, Que.; Moisson Quebec, Quebec City; La Tablee des chefs, Montreal; Ottawa Food Bank; Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest Food Bank, Toronto region; Food Banks Alberta; and Food Banks BC.
Pomerleau employees are also raising money for charities by getting involved in athletic fundraising events. On May 14, employees in two teams started on opposite sides of the country to cover the distance separating Pomerleau’s office in St. John’s and its worksite in Victoria, B.C. by running, biking and other fitness activities. For every kilometre completed, Pomerleau will donate $2.50 to its Love is an Essential Service campaign.
“Our employees have once again demonstrated their solidarity and determination to push their limits by accepting this challenge head on,” said Pierre Pomerleau. “In fact, they are so competitive that we had to expand it from a Canadian to an around the world tour. I couldn’t be prouder of their resilience and enthusiasm.”