By Linda Scales
The overwhelming success of this year’s Employee Giving program should come as no surprise, and for one good reason: the passion and combined energies of uOttawa employees and their commitment to the well-being of students.
The participation rate in the 2016 program more than doubled from the 16% achieved in 2012. This year, “33% of employees have contributed,” said Pierre Thibault, assistant dean and secretary, Civil Law Section, and one of the two campaign chairs. “A third of the people now participate in the program. I applaud the coordinators’ and volunteers’ teamwork and exemplary dedication.”
The Program, now in its fifth year, is one of the few initiatives on campus that enlists the involvement of employees in both faculties and services.
“It’s all grassroots,” says Suzanne Bray, manager of the Employee Giving and Parent programs, crediting the 110 employees who volunteered their time and were integral to this year’s success.
The highest participation rate, of 100%, was achieved by three groups: the International Office (for the fourth year), the Development Office (fifth year) and, for the first time, the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement.
Participation rates also rose elsewhere:
- Centre for Continuing Education: 85% (up 31% from 2015)
- CO-OP: 81% (up 31%)
- Common Law: 53% (up 23%)
- Protection Services: 48% (up 23%)
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies: 19% (up 13%)
- Engineering: 19% (up 6%)
In all, 19 of the 32 faculties and services increased their participation rates.
Close to the heart
Manon Dugal, senior Director of Human Resources and Strategic Initiatives, served as co-chair of this year’s campaign with Pierre Thibault. “Each person was able to find a cause close to their hearts,” she said. “I thank our generous donors and our volunteers.”
Dugal shared a story that serves as a reminder of how the annual program brings colleagues together for a good cause. One of the scholarships to which employees can contribute, sponsored since 2011 by the Human Resources team, has been renamed in honour of Luc Lauzière, “a dear colleague who just passed away April 18.”
“When the scholarship was created, Luc volunteered to coordinate the donation program at Human Resources, on top of being a member of the program’s cabinet since 2013,” she said. “He spent 18 years working at Human Resources as associate director, pension plans. To honour his involvement and devotion to this good cause, it was decided to rename the scholarship the Luc Lauzière-University of Ottawa Human Resources Scholarship.”
The eight-week Employee Giving program, which concluded on April 15, encouraged employees to donate to scholarships and activities supporting uOttawa students. The program is an integral part of the University’s $400 million fundraising campaign, Defy the Conventional.