2016 was a banner year for Admiral Halifax and its commitment to supporting community groups, teams and not-for-profit organizations within Halifax and the surrounding region.
Last year, the company earmarked over $25,000 towards charitable donations, not-for-profit sponsorships and community group support.
As an award-winning employer of choice, Admiral holds the belief that corporate social responsibility should be at the forefront of every organization’s values - a philosophy that extends far beyond basic cheque writing.
“We recognize that providing our workforce opportunities to become involved at a grassroots level is fundamental to taking our community involvement to the next level,” said HR Manager Nick Beynon.
Admiral’s volunteer program allows an employee to commit up to eight hours of paid volunteer time outside the office to benefit a community organization or charity of their choosing. Additionally, Admiral's commitment to supporting the community at large is underpinned by our Charity Champion and Community Chest programs which provide opportunities for staff on-site fundraising and direct corporate donations in support of youth groups, sports clubs and other local organizattions.
“If there is a charity an employee is passionate about, they can raise money in the office and Admiral will match the total amount. On the other hand, if an employee is seeking a contribution towards their child’s sports team, for example, the Community Chest program is also an option they can turn to, to avoid incurring those costs out of pocket.” Beynon added.
Outside of the Community Chest program, Admiral's largest single not-for-profit donation in 2016 was a significant commitment to Feed Nova Scotia that came straight from employees and was Beynon's personal corporate social responsibility highlight for 2016.
"Our staff holiday party had a nominal $12.50 admission fee. With 400 or so attendees, we were able to pool the attendance money hand-deliver a $5,000 cheque to Feed Nova Scotia. That money assisted them with coordinating 7,500 meals for those who otherwise may have had difficulty putting food on the table over Christmas."
All in all, Admiral proudly contributed to, volunteered for, supported and sponsored the following organizations, initiatives and causes in 2016:
2b Theatre Company
Adsum for Women & Children
Bide Awhile Animal Shelter
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halifax
Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation
Cole Harbour Wings Hockey
Feed Nova Scotia
Football Nova Scotia
Halifax Boys and Girls Running Club
Halifax Pride Festival
Halifax Queer Acts Theatre Festival
Halifax Sledge Grinders Hockey
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Phoenix Youth House
Admiral employee Laura Jarvie sold raffle baskets on site as part of her fundraising for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada’s Light the Night walk. Jarvie’s funds raised were doubled by Admiral through the company's Charity Champion program.
2016 saw Admiral re-affirm its commitment to The Halifax Pride Festival and sister event The Queer Acts Theatre Festival. Admiral was the sole corporate sponsor of the latter.
Local clubs and sports teams were a focus of Admiral's Community Chest activity in 2016.
Our donation to Feed Nova Scotia in Dec. 2016 helped the charitable organization provide 7,500 meals to its clients.