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KPMG in the Community: A Passion for Sustainability

Jenn Dumaran

In preparation for Earth Day (April 22nd) and National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), we want to recognize an individual who donates their time to environmental stewardship and conservation.  We asked our friends at KPMG for a team member who embodies a commitment to nature, and they told us about Tom Darling.

Passionate about sustainability, Tom has volunteered with Sustainable Hamilton since 2012. In 2016, Tom helped Sustainable Hamilton develop a Carbon reporting framework that will enable small organizations to measure and reduce carbon emissions. He has inspired other volunteers to get involved with the social enterprise and helps train them in sustainability reporting. As leader of the Sustainable Action Initiative, Tom helped develop the framework and tools to empower local organizations to report on carbon emissions and other quantifiable sustainability metrics.

Thanks Tom & KPMG for all you do in the community and for the environment!

Tom Darling, KPMG Manager Regions East (Hamilton, Ontario), enjoying mother nature on the Bruce Trail.

Tom Darling, KPMG Manager Regions East (Hamilton, Ontario), enjoying mother nature on the Bruce Trail.

If your passion and interest is in environmental causes join the volunteer movement and pledge hours at Timeraiser150 or Online150 (coming summer 2017).  Through Timeraiser your goodwill gets you great art.  Donate your skills and time to the causes you care about and get an original work of Canadian art in exchange.

For suggestions on where to give your time and expertise to environmental and sustainability initiatives, visit https://earthday.ca/ and http://volunteer.rcen.ca/.

TD in the Community: Cynthia's Volunteer Story

Jenn Dumaran

As a nonprofit and primarily volunteer led organization, the Timeraiser program would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.  TD Canada has supported Timeraiser since 2006.  Over the past 11 years TD has helped Timeraiser invest over $1 million in the careers of emerging artists and helped to facilitate more than 156,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofit organizations.  Working with TD we’ve discovered that giving back to the community is part of their cultural DNA.  Beyond their contributions as a company, TD employees are also inspiring us daily with their volunteer efforts.  Here’s Cynthia Amoah’s volunteer story

Cynthia Amoah on the cover of TD's 2015 Corporate Responsibility Snapshot Report

Cynthia Amoah on the cover of TD's 2015 Corporate Responsibility Snapshot Report

Timeraiser: What prompted you to get involved in the community? 

Cynthia: The community is where I live; where we all live and connect our lives. My natural compassion for people and being of service has always been a part of my career, so I make sure to nurture it as much as I can as it helps to keep me humble. For my most recent volunteer work at Junior Achievement, I was inspired by the work that TD does in the community and it prompted me to get involved with some existing programming.

TR: How has volunteering/involvement impacted you?

CA: Out of the various volunteering that I have been doing I have found a passion in working with children and financial literacy. It's extended my comfort zone as far as public speaking goes- I am now able to get in front of a room and deliver material and have tough conversations about financial choices and how they can affect our lives. Volunteerism has taught me how to be confident in myself, and in whatever task is asked of me- Especially when it comes to youth and financial Literacy!  

TR: How has TD supported your volunteer efforts?

CA: TD provided me with inspiration to get involved with financial literacy as they have a strong relationship with Junior Achievement and ABC Life Literacy Canada.  I have had tremendous support from my leadership team and they enable me to go out in the community to fulfill my volunteer commitments even if it's during work hours.  The TD Volunteer Network – our online portal for all things volunteering- has made it easy to find opportunities that suit my schedule, interests, and skillset.

I will be getting the TD Volunteer Grant this year for the first time ($500 that goes to the charity I volunteer with) and it feels good to know that TD supports and recognizes the work I am doing in my community. I was featured on the front cover of our Corporate Responsibility Snapshot Report for 2015 and on TD's intranet site alongside my teammates labeled "The Everyday Hero"! It feels good to be recognized!

TR: What advice would you give a first-time Timeraiser winner trying to find the right volunteer opportunity?

CA: Your life is not your own, so knowing that you have so much of yourself to give is truly the birth right of humanity.  

You are impactful, so find an initiative that will give you more depth in your life rather than just what looks good on a resume.

Make sure you're ready to dedicate the time to your cause. This can be made easier by finding something that's truly important to you so that you enjoy the volunteer work you're doing.

Find something that allows you to do work that matters to you that you may not have the opportunity to do in your current role/life that will create a sense of purpose and satisfaction.

N’est-ce pas une bonne affaire? Pour quelques heures de bénévolat, cette œuvre d’art que vous pouvez voir à Honest Ed pourrait être à vous

Jenn Dumaran

An Honest Farewell offre un avant-goût des enchères qui se tiendront dans 10 villes canadiennes. Un avant-goût de Timeraiser150 Toronto sur CBC Arts. Vous pouvez lire l'article complet ici.

Vous aimez ce que vous voyez ? Pour quelques heures de bénévolat, ceci pourrait être à vous. Vous pouvez visiter les installations des enchères Timeraiser à Honest Ed's (Avec la permission de Timeraiser).

Vous aimez ce que vous voyez ? Pour quelques heures de bénévolat, ceci pourrait être à vous. Vous pouvez visiter les installations des enchères Timeraiser à Honest Ed's (Avec la permission de Timeraiser).

How’s this for a bargain? For a few volunteer hours, this art inside Honest Ed’s could be yours

Jenn Dumaran

'An Honest Farewell’ offers a preview of a unique art auction taking place in 10 Canadian cities.

Like what you see? For a few volunteer hours, it could be yours. Installation view of Timeraiser auction items on display at Honest Ed's. (Courtesy of Timeraiser)

Like what you see? For a few volunteer hours, it could be yours. Installation view of Timeraiser auction items on display at Honest Ed's. (Courtesy of Timeraiser)

A preview of Timeraiser150 Toronto in CBC Arts.  Read the full article here.

L’œuvre d’art par laquelle tout a commencé

Jenn Dumaran

Écrit par Anil Patel et publié pour la première fois le 24 avril 2013.

Tout d’abord avoir été récemment reconnu par le Globe and Mail comme un catalyseur d’initiatives est une incroyable leçon d’humilité. Merci à la personne qui m’a nominé.

Ensuite, Deirde Kelly du Globe and Mail et moi-même avons échangé une série de questions-réponses par courriel la semaine dernière. Elle m’a demandé « pourquoi les arts et les jeunes artistes ? » Assis à la table de ma salle à manger, essayant de trouver une réponse concise à cette question, j’ai juste eu à lever les yeux de mon ordinateur et la réponse était devant moi : la première œuvre d’art que j’ai achetée. C’est toujours l’une de mes peintures favorites avec des couleurs vives et les lumières d’une ville lointaine visibles à l’arrière-plan.

Ma famille a grandi à plusieurs kilomètres de Chatham dans l’Ontario. Lorsque les nuits étaient très, très claires, nous pouvions voir les lueurs de plusieurs communautés autour de nous.

Sentant l’émotion m’envahir, je pensais à ma mère. Elle était avec moi lorsque je n’arrivais pas à décider quelle œuvre je voulais m’acheter avant de partir pour l’université et de commencer mes études. Au moment où je les ai finies, elle a été emportée par un cancer.

Ma réponse à Deirdre fut dès lors simple : l’art est souvent suggestif et émotionnel. Lorsque je regarde le tableau, il me remplit toujours de sentiments qui sont profondément personnels et très importants.

En partageant ceci avec l’ensemble de la communauté Timeraiser, j’espère renouer le dialogue autour du soutien que nous devons apporter dans tout le pays aux jeunes artistes locaux.

Bien que nous n’ayons pas la prétention de dire que Timeraiser va résoudre le syndrome de l’artiste affamé, nous pensons pouvoir réduire ses effets de façon significative (tout en récoltant en même temps de nombreuses heures de bénévolat). Votre travail est important et vos carrières méritent d'être encouragées.

Ainsi que nous l’avons déjà écrit dans des contributions précédentes, beaucoup de ceux qui ont accompli les heures de bénévolat qu’ils avaient mises aux enchères se sentent épanouis parce qu’ils ont consacré leur temps à des choses qui leur tiennent à cœur et qui sont importantes pour leur communauté. Ils ont aussi établi un lien très fort avec l’œuvre d’art qui est à présent accrochée sur leur mur comme un testament de leur bonne volonté : suggestif et émotionnel.