27 June, 2017 09:45
More than 185 employees of RSA Canada took part in the start of the week in the Great canadian shoreline cleanup, an initiative of theVancouver Aquarium and the world wide Fund for nature WWF-Canada.
The operation took place in nine cities across the country. The employees of the offices of RSA and Johnson have worked together as a team to pick up trash in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, St. John’s and Halifax.
In Quebec, the employees of the insurer are mobilized in Quebec city (Park of the river of the Shepherd), Sherbrooke (Magog River, on Wooded Waterfowl) and Montreal (Lafleur Bridge on the Lachine Canal).
An onion, a jar of pickles and a shopping cart
«Participate in the cleanup with colleagues has been an enjoyable activity which has helped to strengthen the team spirit, said Caroline Lussier ‘s Montréal office of RSA Canada. The fact that RSA encourages us to participate in initiatives that are important to us on a personal level demonstrates that she believes in the benefits of integrating employee engagement initiatives and corporate responsibility. «
At the end of each day, each region has assessed the amount of waste collected, participated in an important discussion on the found objects and led a reflection on the lessons learned from this experience. Among the items the most interesting and unusual photographs that have been collected there has been an onion, a jar of pickles and a grocery cart. The total pounds of waste have been picked up before ending up in the water where it may harm fish, whales, turtles, shore birds and other aquatic animals.
«Proud to participate»
«RSA Canada is proud to participate in this initiative in partnership with WWF-Canada and the Vancouver Aquarium. We know how important it is to keep our waterfront, our parks and our lakes clean in order to preserve the wildlife of Canada, » said Martin Thompson, president and ceo of RSA. The five-year partnership established with WWF-Canada to help us to inspire the employees of the various offices in Canada and inspire them to take action environmental events such as the Great canadian shoreline cleanup. «
Each year, tens of thousands of Canadians participate in the collection of waste along the shorelines during the Great canadian shoreline cleanup, one of the largest direct action conservation in Canada. Now in its 24th year, the Great canadian shoreline cleanup picked up more than 1.2 million kilograms of waste across the Canada with the help of 700,000 volunteers.