Standard Life employees collectively make their mark in their community

Standard Life employees collectively make their mark in their community 
MONTREAL, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Standard Life employees in Canada are 
celebrating today the anniversary of the award-winning community engagement 
program, Together, in our community, with the unveiling of a collective 
painting at Standard Life's headquarters in Montréal. The painting, finalized 
in collaboration with Dawson College students, is meant to represent Standard 
Life employees' mark in their community and is a legacy to future employees. 
Since the launch of the program, Standard Life employees in Canada have raised 
close to $80,000 for, and have volunteered over 4,000 hours to, charities and 
non-profit organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Québec, 
Moisson Montréal, Working Skills Centre and Eva's Initiatives, both in 
"This collective painting, and the increased participation of our employees in 
community initiatives, really shows how we can change things by working 
together", said Charles Guay, President and CEO of Standard Life. "I'm proud 
of our employees and salute them for making a difference in their community. 
We'll continue to support and recognize their efforts year after year." 
Standard Life launched the Together, in our community program in June 2012 in 
response employees' wishes to be more involved in the Company's community 
investment projects. To commemorate the launch, employees across Canada 
participated in a collective painting activity. Three art students from Dawson 
College then polished the painting so that it's blended into a beautiful piece 
of art. While the original 12 x 5 feet work of art will be suspended in the 
lobby of Standard Life's headquarters in Montréal, reproductions of the 
painting will hang in all of Standard Life's Canadian offices. 
Joe Di Leo, Professor of Fine Arts at Dawson College, said, "This was a 
challenge for myself and my students but we rose up to meet it and I'm 
thrilled with the results." 
Together, in our community received a Gold Quill Award of Merit from the 
International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). It was recognized 
by the IABC for its simplicity and flexibility. The program's three 
components: Raise and Match, Community Action Day and Dollars for Doers are 
designed to support employees' volunteering efforts and provide financial 
assistance to the causes that matter to them. The components were launched at 
three different dates in 2012. Today is the celebration of the one year 
anniversary of the implementation and execution of all three components of the 
About Standard Life 
Standard Life provides long-term savings, investment and insurance solutions 
to more than 1.4 million Canadians, including group retirement and insurance 
plan members. 
Standard Life in Canada has been doing business for 180 years and has 
approximately 2,000 employees. It is the largest operation outside of the 
United Kingdom of Standard Life plc, its parent company headquartered in 
Edinburgh, Scotland. 
Standard Life has a long-standing commitment to the communities in which it 
conducts business. It gives back through corporate donations and sponsorships, 
and its employee community engagement program which encourages Standard Life 
employees to volunteer with and provide financial assistance to organizations 
they support.   
Together, in our community 
Program components 
Together, in our community encourages Standard Life employees to volunteer 
with and provide financial assistance to organizations they personally 
support. Employees can participate in one, two or all three program components: 

    --  Raise and Match - When an employee raises at least $100 for a
        registered charity, Standard Life matches the amount up to
    --  Community Action Day -Standard Life offers employees one paid
        day off each year to volunteer with the charity or non-profit
        organization of their choice.
    --  Dollars for Doers -When an employee volunteers for a minimum of
        40 hours each year, Standard Life donates $500 to the charity
        of his or her choice. If these volunteer activities are
        directly related to his or her work, Standard Life may donate
        an additional $250.

Employee reactions

In Montréal, John De Rosa, Senior Specialist, IT Operations Centre, and his 
colleagues raise money for children with life-threatening diseases. In 
September, he bicycled in the Make-a-Wish® Quebec 48-Hours Ride. "Some of my 
colleagues were undecided whether to participate but they joined when they 
learned about the Raise and Match incentive," he said. "We've put seven teams 
of six together for the event and raised over $58,000 so we can make five 
children's dreams come true. It's a great way to put a smile on a youngster's 

Voula Balabanos, Senior Team Leader, Investment Administration, is one of 40 
Standard Life employees who used a Community Action Day to volunteer with the 
Moisson Montréal food bank. "We often underestimate the value of time as 
opposed to monetary donations," she said. "It's very rewarding to know that 
the food baskets we help to prepare are delivered to families in need. I plan 
to make this volunteering experience a regular event."

In Toronto, Standard Life partnered with Working Skills Centre, to organize a 
mock interview day in April. The organization empowers immigrants, primarily 
women, by providing education, work experience, and settlement services that 
ultimately lead to employment. KarenKryshka, Consultant, Human Resources, 
used her Community Action Day to support the initiative. "I'd overheard 
employees say how they want to give back to the community but were not sure 
where to start. So I was pleasantly surprised when 10 other volunteers came 
forward," Karen said. "We really made a difference in the lives of the 48 
Native Canadian and newly arrived immigrant women who participated in the 
training program. We helped them build the skills they need to find work and 
become financially independent. The experience gave me a better understanding 
of the challenges some individuals face when they interview for a job. It 
really broadened my perspective."

Jaskirat Kaur, Manager, Business Development, volunteers for Eva's 
Initiatives, an organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth lead 
productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. She said: "Dollars for Doers 
motivates me to do more for my charity. I go the extra mile to accumulate my 
40 volunteer hours. With Standard Life's support, I can contribute more to my 

SOURCE  Standard Life 
Anne-Julie Gratton 514-499-7999, ext. 8150 
Image with caption: "From left to right: Sophie Fortin (Standard Life), John 
De Rosa (Standard Life), Joe Di Leo (Dawson College), Sébastien Niemi (Dawson 
College), Arizona O'Neill (Dawson College), Caroline Lavallée (Standard 
Life), Charles Guay (Standard Life) (CNW Group/Standard Life)". Image 
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