Helping People and Communities
Language Marketplace continues to be committed to our Corporate Social Responsibility policy. In 2017 we focused on Above and Beyond and I think we met our objectives. However, in 2018, we are going to concentrate on Mental Health and we are climbing mountains to show our commitment. We are a major sponsor for the ‘7 Summits for Mental Health’ campaign.
Please join us and donate; help us reach the ultimate Peaks for Change, raising of $700,000.00 for CAMH. Help us open the doors to their future Urgent Care Program. Let’s #endstigma by #LeadingChange!
As last year, Language Marketplace continues to be a major sponsor of Peaks for Change. Because of COVID-19 our sponsorship of the last Summit to Mount Everest, for the 7 Summits for Mental Health, benefiting CAMH, has been postponed for 2021. However Language Marketplace is providing conference call/webinar space and time for the foundation, during the months of April and May, for counselors and art therapists to provide access those in need, a space to talk and learn. Follow us on Instagram for updates.
Language Marketplace continues to be a major sponsor of Peaks for Change. By sponsoring events such as the 7 Summits for Mental Health, we are helping CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health) with the new Drop-in Bridging Clinic. This clinic in its current location already serves 1,000 patients each month. When the latest phase of CAMH’s redevelopment on the Queen Street campus is completed in 2020, one of the two new buildings will be home to the new site of CAMH’s unique 24/7 mental health emergency department.
Language Marketplace is a major sponsor of Peaks for Change. Please check back often to find the exciting things we are doing to make a difference in the metal health field!
Last year we provided assistance to members of the Forest Brook Community Church whom for the 5th year in a row took part on a humanitarian mission to Guatemala. This year the mission will continue to build on what is still needed in the school, but in addition they are adding a Medical Mission component to their visit. The group's goal to vaccinate 500 children that have no access to health care or vaccines. Language Marketplace has committed itself to a monetary donation to aid with the new Medical Mission portion.
For more information about the Ministries of Forest Brook Community Church, or if you would like to get involved or donate, please visit their website. To donate for this particular cause, let them know you want to donate to the Guatemala Humanitarian Mission.
We will also update this page regularly, so don’t forget to check back here often. Also check our Facebook page as well, where more details will be posted, and of course don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!
In December, our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Food for Life was nominated by Patricia Johnson on behalf of our Accounting Department, and this became the charity for which funds were directed to. Food For Life is a Charity Organization that battles hunger in our community.
In November, our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Movember Foundation was nominated by Account Coordinator Emilie McCauley, and this became the charity for which funds were directed to.
In October, our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Operation Smile was nominated by Account Coordinator Paulo Rodas, and this became the charity for which funds were directed to.
In September, our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Ema Dantas, our President and CEO won, receiving 100% of all the ‘star’ votes. She directed the funds to Peaks for Change Foundation. Peaks for Change Foundation is a charitable organization created to promote ‘Change’. Currently they are creating awareness and fundraising to #endstigma surrounding Mental Health by climbing the highest mountains on the 7 continents of the world!
In July and August, our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Emilie continues her winning streak! For July she directed funds to Covenant House. Covenant House is Canada’s largest youth shelter. Some of the services they provide include a Crisis Shelter, Healthcare Clinic, Job Center and an Onsite School. For August, she directed donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. These funds will initially help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter.
In May and June, of our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Emilie, one of our charming Account Managers, has won both months Peer Star Award! She is directing funds to Operation Smile once again, but for June is directing funds to Cardiac Kids - a volunteer group that raises funds for children who are suffering from congenital heart disease.
In April's ‘Above and Beyond’ drive, Emilie was the Peer Star Awards winner once again! She is on a roll! She directed the charity donation to the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto. Donations to the Hospital of Sick Children fund brilliant doctors, nurses and researchers.
In March's ‘Above and Beyond’ drive, Emilie was the Peer Star Awards winner once again! She directed the charity donation to CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health), specifically the One Brave Night for Mental Health campaign. CAMH is one of the world’s leading research organizations for mental health and addiction, who are committed to shattering the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring everyone feels life is worth living.
In February's ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Hugo, our Translation Department Team Leader, has donated his monthly bonus from our Peer Star Awards system to Mercy Home, an Orphanage in Guatemala. For more information please visit here.
January: To kick off our ‘Above and Beyond’ in making 2017 very special, Emilie, one of our Account Managers, has generously donated her monthly bonus from our Peer Star Awards system to Operation Smile. Every month for 2017 our staff has generously decided to donate their monthly winnings to a charity of their choice. This month, the gift will allow Operation Smile to use the funds, in their own words, 'to be put to ‘work immediately to help children with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The impact you will have on a child's life will be felt FOREVER. That's an incredibly powerful and rare thing’.
Guatemala is the most populous nation in Central America, it is well known for its ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful lush rainforest's and majestic volcanoes. Despite the nation being quite stable for many years now, Guatemala’s history of military corruption and civil war have created a country where over 50% of the people are living below the poverty line and within this poverty stricken country those that are most vulnerable are the children. In Guatemala City alone there are almost 400,000 children currently at significant risk of violence, corruption, abuse and malnutrition. It is well know that a good education is one of the strongest methods to help people pull themselves out of poverty and to stop the cycle. However, currently less than 20% of all children ever complete the sixth grade and for the children of Guatemala City many of them will never see the inside of a classroom, let alone get to grade 6, and most of their teaching will be found on the violent streets of the inner cities.
For the 5th year in a row, various members of the Forest Brook Community Church will take part of a humanitarian mission to Guatemala. Their mission will be focused on rebuilding a school within Guatemala City that was destroyed by mudslides, providing a much-needed safe learning environment. The total cost of the project is around $100,000.00, to rebuild the class rooms, washrooms, to landscape the school grounds and build security walls around the property of the school. Members of the Church pay for their own expenses for the mission, and will work really hard to accomplish something amazing and rewarding. In addition they will also be working with the community doing outreach, helping provide food and clothing to those most in need.
Language Marketplace is honored to have the opportunity to provide them with support in terms of a monetary donation to aid this group to Guatemala, October 21-28, 2016.
Please see the video!
For more information about the Ministries of Forest Brook Community Church, or if you would like to get involved or donate, please visit their website.
Also in 2016, our President and many of the staff at the Canadian head office ran the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2016, where they raised funds for ALS. Charles Valliere, an in-house French translator at Language Marketplace had been diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Charles was at the finish line in 2014, but unfortunately this year he was only present in spirit.visit.-->
We had several exciting initiates underway, one of which was the sponsorship of Hope Place via the Swing for Life Golf Tournament and two ALS sponsorships!
During the 2015 Christmas season, our Canadian head office choose Food for Life as its charity to help families in need with a Christmas dinner. The office donated 191 turkeys to a local food charity called Food for Life. These turkeys will provide many families with a Christmas dinner that they may not have otherwise had.
Scotia Bank Waterfront Marathon, 2015. Our President ran once again in support of ALS.
On October 19, our President and CEO ran her first marathon at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. The funds raised as in previous years went to benefit the ALS Society of Canada. The ALS Society of Canada helps patients and their families with support. It also funds vital research to find a cure for this awful disease. Ema was rewarded at the end of the race with Charles, our French Translators’ presence, whom she ran the race for. Visit us in FaceBook for pictures and more updates.
In 2013 Language marketplace pledged $5,000.00 as a Gold Sponsor for the 2013 Bombardier Plane Pull for ALS. See the video of our corporate team pulling the jet!
For one of our quarterly charity events we brought and served dinner at Our Place Community of Hope in Toronto. Everyone really enjoyed the Portuguese food we served to all! See a letter here.
Language Marketplace has for the second year specified the ALS Society as our focus charity. This organization became close to our hearts when one of our in-house lead translators was diagnosed with the disease in March 2011. Click below to view a letter from ALS to the employees of Language Marketplace. Letter to Language Marketplace from ALS. On October 14, our Business Manager, Ema Dantas, participated in the Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon and raised $1500 in support of ALS.
We decided to sponsor the ALS Society, as one of our Translators was diagnosed in early 2011. We were a major ALS Sponsor during the 2011 Scotia Marathon!
We continued with cancer care in our focus charities. Contributions were distributed among six charities!
Language Marketplace donated to a number of different Charities in 2009, with a new one making the list; Children's Wish Foundation. This year we decided to ‘Grant a Wish’ to a child. We donated $25.00 for each attendee at our annual Team Christmas Party. This amounted to a donation of $1,725.00 for the Children’s’ Wish Foundation.
Language Marketplace picked CANCER ASSISTANCE SERVICES. We raised $12,655.73 for Cancer Assistance Services. Thank you for trusting Language Marketplace with your translation services needs and for helping us raise money for this great organization. See our letter here.
Language Marketplace was proud to have supported Free the Children. Language Marketplace, as a leader in Translation Services provider, was proud to have participated in the The Weekend to End Breast Cancer, on September 8 and 9, 2007. We were honored to have walked with many other 'leaders' whom are working hard to raise money to help beat this deadly disease. Some whom do the walk every year. The really difficult 2 day walk benefits the Princess Margaret Hospital and the Campbell Family Institute in important Breast Cancer research, education, services and care. See our letter here.
Language Marketplace was honored to be able to donate a portion of our Net Sales to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
We supported a number of families in Kenya via donations of Well Kits to herd animals.
We donated a portion of our Net Sales to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.