As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday, I can’t help but think about how very fortuitous we are as Canadian’s.  Our country provides us with a surfeit of opportunities to help us grow — as individuals, as business owners, as newcomers, and especially for our children and youth.  This made me reflect on more ways that I can continue to flourish — individually, spiritually, introspectively, and also importantly, as a mother.

Growing up, my parents did a lot of charitable work for their community and for their church.  I  was fostered in a benevolent environment where compassion was vital and constantly reminded to be heedful towards others around you in need and our environment.  Of course, I had moments as a child where I just didn’t understand how picking up garbage in our local park or handing out water bottles to thirsty runners would make such a huge difference in our community, but after seeing how these acts of service brought together and strengthened a community did it start to click.  

I realize my kids may be young but nurturing them in a selfless environment, being a paragon and displaying the importance of philanthropy in a world of “Me, me, me!”, would someday open their hearts and hands to be, not only great leaders, but also great citizens, great neighbours, great humans.

My daughter volunteering at Big Little Race in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.

One of my favourite quotes growing up was:

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
~ Winston Churchill

The #MillionHours Movement

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, TELUS is challenging all Canadians to join in making a positive difference and help inspire the #Next150 years of giving. To participate, Canadians are asked to make a pledge to give one hour of their time volunteering in their own communities and encourage others to join using the #MillionHours hashtag in social media. Canadians can pledge their support by visiting telus.com/millionhours.

This year, we started volunteering for various events in our new town as a family in hopes we can teach our children the importance of volunteering, to give back but also to connect with our new community.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, TELUS is challenging all Canadians to join in making a positive difference and help inspire the #Next150 years of giving. To participate, Canadians are asked to make a pledge to give one hour of their time volunteering in their own communities and encourage others to join using the #MillionHours hashtag in social media. Canadians can pledge their support by visiting telus.com/millionhours.

Over the years, TELUS team members have been inspired to volunteer in support of causes close to their hearts. Since 2000, TELUS has contributed nearly $500 million and volunteered more than 7.7 million volunteer hours within our local communities. In more than a decade, TELUS volunteers have helped make Canadian communities stronger by:

  • Sorting more than 1.6 million pounds of food for families in need at local food banks
  • Collecting more than 12,000 bags of waste to keep our communities clean
  • Assembling more than 100,000 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to help underprivileged children start their school year on the right foot
  • Planting nearly 70,000 trees and plants in parks and gardens across Canada for a greener earth
  • Serving more than 120,000 meals to those who need it most

To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to the community and its Give Where We Live philosophy, please visit community.telus.com.

One hour is all it takes.  Will you take the pledge?

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.
~ Elizabeth Andrew


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Telus. All opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.

2 comments on “Join Telus’ #MillionHours Movement & Give an Hour to Give Back #TeamTelus”

  1. This is such a great initiative!
    I love that you’re immersing your children in the world of charity and philanthropy while they’re young. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks so much, Jayna. My parents did the same with me and my siblings growing up and now as a mother, I truly understand why it’s our duty to instil these important traits and examples for our children. Imagine a world where every single child was taught these principles? Would be amazing!

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