At Equitable Life, we believe in giving back to the communities in which we operate. In these communities we support a variety of charitable initiatives. Most notably, our annual United Way campaign which helps strengthen our community and improve the quality of life for those living in Waterloo Region.

Our employees have also demonstrated tremendous generosity for the Autism Speaks Canada Walk, and our annual Adopt-a-Family initiative to support local disadvantaged families during the holiday season.

 

2017

Bowl for Kids' Sake

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Team Equitable received honorable mention for donations to Bowl for Kids’ Sake. On March 7 at the KingPin Bowlounge at Bingemans, local teams bowled to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region. The teams participating raised a combined $9,070.00, with Team Equitable raising $3,919.00.

Each year, Equitable Life enters a team to participate in this event.

Kids Help Phone

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As part of our ongoing commitment to giving back to the communities in which we operate, Equitable Life has recently made a donation to help support Kids Help Phone. World renowned for their expertise and continuous innovations, Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 counselling and information service for young people. Equitable Life is proud to support this by providing funds that will help ensure access to their online chat capability for kids experiencing challenges.

Bell Let’s Talk Day

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Bell Let's Talk is about more than just donating money. It’s a day focused on dialogue and conversation to break the silence and end the stigma around mental illness. Equitable Life joined the conversation this year by having a guest speaker talk to employees about ‘A New Attitude – The Truth About Mental Illness’.

2016

Adopt-a-Family

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For over 35 years Equitable Life employees have been organizing Adopt-a-Family, a program that gives families in need in our community, gifts for their children that they wouldn’t otherwise be able give. Employees buy clothes, toys and books for the children, household supplies, grocery gift cards and always make sure that there is something special for the parents too.

United Way

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In 2016, Equitable Life and its employees raised more than $116,000 for United Way.

Sunbeam Residential Development Centre

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For the fifth consecutive year, employees have given their time to the Sunbeam Residential Development Centre to garden at one of their residential homes.


rare Charitable Research Reserve

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In the spring, employees helped weed and plant vegetables which were harvested and given to local food banks. The 15,660 square foot dedicated Food Bank Garden plot is expected to produce more than 3,000 pounds of fresh organic produce this year.


Heatwave Volleyball Tournament

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Equitable Life employees raise funds every year for SickKids through the Region of Waterloo Heatwave Volleyball Tournament. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to end childhood cancer.


Waterloo Walk for Autism Speaks

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For the fifth year Equitable Life was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Waterloo-Wellington Walk for Autism Speaks Canada. The goal of Autism Speaks Canada is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

Photo by: Sylvia Pond Photography

In Running Colour

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Proceeds and pledges from In Running Colour will go to support Special Olympics Ontario Kitchener-Waterloo.

 

2015

Multiple Sclerosis Cake Sales

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In December, this employee took her Employee Volunteer Day and sold cakes and cookies on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS). “I am very appreciative to Equitable Life for the Employee Volunteer Program. It gives all of us an opportunity to be engaged in our community. Volunteering is just the best feeling. The anticipation before you go, the reality of it all while you are there, and the true satisfaction when the job is done.”

Adopt-a-Family

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For over 35 years Equitable Life employees have been organizing Adopt-a-Family, a program that gives families in need in our community, gifts for their children that they wouldn’t otherwise be able give. Employees buy clothes, toys and books for the children, household supplies, grocery gift cards and always make sure that there is something special for the parents too.

Multiple Sclerosis Society Bike Ride 2015

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This employee raises awareness and funds every year since 2010. The year her brother was afflicted with an aggressive form of MS. “I bike for a cure, I bike for courage, I bike for inspiration, I bike for hope, I bike because MS is still robbing those affected and their families of their lives, I bike for my brother, Mike, and most of all, I bike because I can.”

Sunbeam Residential Development Centre

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For the fourth consecutive year, employees have given their time to the Sunbeam Residential Development Centre to garden at one of their homes.

Multiple Sclerosis Yard Clean Up

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Employees spent a day cleaning up the gardens and tidying up outside of the local MS Society's office. Learn more about MS.

Adopt-A-Road

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Equitable Life employees clean a section of highway twice a year in Waterloo Region as part of the Adopt-a-Road program.

Heatwave Volleyball Tournament

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Equitable Life employees raised over $1,800 for SickKids through the Region of Waterloo Heatwave Volleyball Tournament.

Along with raising money for charity the employees had a great time playing volleyball and won the tournament for the fourth year in a row.


Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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For the fourth year Equitable Life was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Waterloo-Wellington Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada. Equitable Life and its employees volunteered at the event and raised more than $26,000.

The goal of Autism Speaks Canada is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

 

2014

Adopt-a-Family

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Equitable Life employees donated clothing, toys, food and more for 17 families in Waterloo region and beyond. Volunteers collected a mountain of teddy bears at the KW Rangers’ Teddy Bear Toss for our adopted children this holiday season.

Movember

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Mo Brothers and Sistas raised more than $24,000 at Equitable Life in support of Movember.

Held every fall to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer, Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache.

Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society

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The exterior of Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society building got a facelift this summer thanks to Equitable Life employees.

Sunbeam Residential Development Centre

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For the third year in a row employees have given their time to the Sunbeam Residential Development Centre to garden at one of their homes.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Canada

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ALS Canada received more than $1,000 from an Equitable Life employee who participated in the annual ALS Walk in her community. She walked, with her daughter, in memory of her dad who passed away this March after being diagnosed with ALS earlier in the year.

Habitat for Humanity

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A dozen Equitable Life employees happily volunteered to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Kitchener, Ontario.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

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Team Equitable Life raised more than $25,000 for Autism Speaks Canada as part of the third annual Waterloo-Wellington Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

As the presenting sponsor of this event we are always excited to see employees support this event by walking, donating and/or volunteering!

 

Heart and Stroke Big Bike Ride

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Our Markham office employees participated in the 2014 Heart and Stroke Big Bike Ride in June.

This year the team raised $3,806. Over the past four years the Markham team has raised over $11,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation through this event.

Heatwave Volleyball Tournament for SickKids

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Equitable Life employees raised over $1,805 for SickKids through the Region of Waterloo Heatwave Volleyball Tournament.

Along with raising money for charity the employees had a great time playing volleyball and won both the recreation league and the competitive league.

2013

Adopt-a-Road

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Equitable Life employees take pride in cleaning their stretch of road that was adopted in 2012. Learn more.

Relay for Life

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With the support of her colleagues, this Equitable Life employee raised nearly $4,000 for the Relay for Life. She stayed awake all night and nearly the whole time.

"We can't always choose the direction life takes us, but we can help pave the road so others can have a smoother ride," she shares.

Climbing Grouse Mountain to fundraise

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An Equitable Life employee participated in Seek the Peak 2013, a 16km, 4100 ft elevation gain uphill challenge raising money to support Breast Cancer research at the BC Cancer Foundation.

Other BC colleagues sponsored the team which helped them raise nearly $9,000. Making this the highest donation of the Seek the Peak 2013 event.

Grand River Motorcycle Ride for Dad

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In June of 2013, over 650 participants rode in the 10th Annual Grand River Ride for Dad and collected pledges of $125,000 in pledges for awareness and research for Prostate Cancer.

Riders followed a 15 km parade route and then embarked on a 180 km tour with stops in Waterloo, Elora, Guelph, and Cambridge.

Supporting United Way's Day of Caring

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Equitable Life employees participated in the United Way's Day of Caring on June 11th by gardening and cleaning up the exterior of Mary's Place in Kitchener.

Volunteering at Sunbeam Residential Centre

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Employees volunteered at the Sunbeam Residential Centre in June. This is the second year in a row that Equitable Life employees have volunteered to garden at Sunbeam.

Heatwave Volleyball Tournament for SickKids

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Equitable Life employees raised over $1,000 for SickKids through the Region of Waterloo Heatwave Volleyball Tournament.

Along with raising money for charity the employees had a great time playing volleyball and won each of their seven games.