Each neighbourhood has its own unique character shaped by its well-established small businesses, as well as the people who live there. Together, they set the tone for our community – a great place to live, work and play.
Investing in our Neighbourhoods
Employee Gardens at Yellow Pages
In May 2013, with the help of over two dozen Yellow Pages employees, our first ever vegetable gardens were built from the ground up, right on the front lawn of the Montreal head office. Home grown and locally sourced, the vegetable gardens offer employees the opportunity to grow and cultivate their own organic vegetables and give back to the community.
In line with our commitment to support our local communities, we decided to donate half of our crops to the Reseau d’entraide de Verdun, a local community organization that helps impoverished families.
After tending to their gardens, the employee-gardeners would come together each week to harvest their crops and pack it up to be sent off to the local organization. Since we started our garden we’ve donated over 130 pounds of vegetables to the Reseau d’entraide de Verdun and it has helped provide numerous families with nutritious food.
With a successful harvesting season behind us, this year we decided to scale up the project by adding another 5 lots to our current garden. More than ever, the employees look forward to benefitting from their home grown produce and supporting an organization that has been at the heart of our neighbourhood for many years.
On May 28th, close to 400 members of the business, media and sports communities gathered at Montreal’s Dorchester Square to take part in this fun and friendly BIXI bike/foot race – dressed up in costumes, much to the amusement of their work colleagues and members of the public who came out to cheer them on.
Our Yellow Pages team, decked out in their yellow gear and costumes, proudly participated in the Urban Duathlon and along with the other racers helped to raise a total of $360,000 for the CHU Saint-Justine Foundation.
Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau
On July 7 and 8, 2016, a Yellow Pages cycling team will make the 300-km journey from Gatineau to Boucherville—by bike—in the Trek for Solidarity, as part of the 21st edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau.
This cycling challenge raises funds to help children with cancer via the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau. By participating in the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, the Yellow Pages team will contribute directly to the possibility of a healthy future for the 2,000 children who battle cancer every year in Quebec. Last year, the Tour raised $3.2 million. The Fondation is proud to now be established at the four university health centres (CHUs) that provide care to pediatric oncology patients in Quebec, namely the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau at the CHU Sainte-Justine, the CHU de Québec, the CHU de Sherbrooke and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
United Way Centraide
United Way Centraide fights poverty and social exclusion by acting on the factors that are most likely to bring about lasting and significant change in people’s lives. It is very clear that elements of their mission are aligned to Yellow Pages’ goals and values of helping local communities. Therefore, we felt like there was a perfect fit for us to partner with them and launch our 2015 Fundraising Campaign Benefitting Centraide.
By contributing to United Way/Centraide, Yellow Pages helps :
Raising funds and investing locally to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion.
Supporting a network of dynamic agencies and projects that bring people and communities together.
Investing according to the needs of the communities in each territory with the goal of improving quality of life.
Yellow Pages and its employees are proud to take part in the 2015 Fundraising Campaign Benefitting United Way/Centraide to change lives for life and support a vast network of agencies that contribute to youth success, take care of the essentials for families, break social isolation and build caring communities.
Yellow Pages presents MTL Ensemble
It starts with an idea. With passion, dedication and hard work, these ideas fuel start-ups around the world that push the boundaries of innovation and technology. Yellow Pages is a proud sponsor of MTL Ensemble, an event that brings together top entrepreneurial speakers and the regional edition of the 1776 Challenge Cup.
The Sandbox Project
Each year, The Sandbox Project, a non-profit organization that aims to assemble those committed to bettering the lives of Canada’s youngest citizens, hosts the World’s Largest Sandbox event.
In support of this cause, our Yellow Pages team along with Members of Parliament, Senators, Cabinet Ministers, not-for-profit organizations, industry professionals and local children participated in a sandcastle building competition on Sparks Street Mall, with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of collaboration towards improving child and youth health in Canada.
In addition to participating in the sand castle activities, we hosted a Yellow Pages photo booth for a jam-packed day of fun!
Up against some fierce competition we brought our A-game and won 1st prize in the competition.
Canada Olympic Excellence Day
Every sport has its athletes, every athlete has their neighbourhood. The fields where they played soccer, the community rink where they learned to skate. Yellow Pages is proud to sponsor Canada Olympic Excellence Day, a celebration of our Olympic athletes and the passion that begins at home.
Young Associates of Opéra de Montréal
Yellow Pages is proud to support the Young Associates of Opéra de Montréal as an Alto Partner for the Night at the Opera. The dedication of our next generation of businesspeople is vital to the sustainability of cultural pillars of our cities and neighbourhoods. We're happy to encourage our culture and champion the great work of local institutions, such as the Opéra de Montréal, that forge the identity of our communities.
Each year, Yellow Pages proudly joins the fight against cancer by participating in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day. With the help of our employee-ambassadors across the country, fresh cut daffodils are sold in our Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Burnaby offices. We also give employees the opportunity to donate at designated stations throughout the offices.
The funds we raise help the Canadian Cancer Society prevent cancer, fund research to outsmart cancer, empower, inform and support Canadians living with cancer and advocate for public policies to improve the health of Canadians.
Delson Minor Hockey League Sponsorship
At the heart of the community are people who live in it. This year, we sponsored the minor Hockey League Association of Delson, a small neighbourhood team in Quebec. We created custom hockey pucks for the team; each one had a design that invited Canadians to discover their neighbourhood’s hidden gems with our YP app. We also sponsored their year-end award ceremony – a time when the players and their families join together celebrate the year’s accomplishments.
Yellow Pages Team Giving Back
In 2016, The Sales Team in Quebec raised over $2,500 to make Christmas baskets for families in need.
Each year, in our head offices across the country, the Yellow Pages team collects non-perishable items to offer to their local food bank during the Holiday season.