Throughout this holiday season, we maintained our commitment to giving back through a variety of Concert CommunityWorks initiatives in Vancouver and Toronto.
Our Vancouver office chose to forgo the traditional Christmas tree this year, and instead created a tree out of canned food items. Donations from staff, as well as from Concert’s commercial tenants, were matched by Concert and formed the building blocks for the tree. A brief video was produced to document the construction; it can be viewed by clicking here. Just prior to Christmas, the tree was disassembled and three of our Concert Customer Service vehicles were loaded up and bound for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. A cheque from Concert in the amount of $1,000 accompanied the donation of 1,000 cans.
Concert also worked with residents, friends, family, staff and others across our three Tapestry Retirement Communities to support the “Be Santa to a Senior” program. We are proud to announce that the initiative was a tremendous success, having generated over 800 gifts for seniors in need. Over the past six years, the program has provided 1.2 million gifts to more than 700,000 deserving seniors across North America.
Anyone who was into out Toronto office just prior to the holiday break would have seen a tree stocked full of children’s presents. The office once again generously participated in the Toronto Police’s community toy drive, an initiative which delivers presents to deserving children in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood.
Concert CommunityWorks is the handle we’ve assigned to the numerous charitable activities and events that we undertake to support the communities in which we work, live and build. While these initiatives occur throughout the year, we feel it is particularly important to look for ways to give back during the holidays.