On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, in celebration of the company’s 23rd annual Community Partnership Day, close to 400 Novartis Canada associates joined their colleagues around the world to give back to their communities. Overall, Novartis associates across six continents and 53 countries are supporting local non-profit organizations, representing more than 100,000 hours of combined community service.
“Community Partnership Day is a great opportunity for us to give back”, said Christian Macher, newly-appointed President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. “I am very proud to kick off one of my first days as President supporting the communities where we live and work. Together with all Novartis associates, I feel privileged to volunteer for these invaluable organizations and to participate in this inspiring day.”
Kathleen Greenfield, Coordinator of Community Relations for Volunteer West Island (VWI) helps Novartis organize the day for Dorval-based associates through the VWI Corporate Volunteer Program. “Novartis employees often return on their own to volunteer with the groups they first get to know through Community Partnership Day. They also encourage their friends and even their children,” she said. “The groups eagerly welcome back the teams from Novartis and are very appreciative of their help.”
In the Montreal area, associates volunteered in a number of ways including cleaning, cooking and food prep, gardening, and yard work with 11 organizations across the city, including:
- Héritage Laurentien
- Le Nichoir
- Omega Community Resources.
- Salvation Army
- Tyndale St-Georges Community Centre
- Welcome Hall Mission
- West Island Cancer Wellness Centre
Sandoz associates in Boucherville will be working on projects with several organizations in the South Shore area of Montreal throughout the year including l’École secondaire de Mortagne and la Source Bleue de Boucherville.
About Novartis in Canada
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field, is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative products to improve the well-being of all Canadians. In 2018, the company invested $52 million in research and development in Canada. Located in Dorval, Quebec, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,000 people in Canada and is an affiliate of Novartis AG, which provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. For further information, please consult www.novartis.ca.