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2016 Give Back Award Winner

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Vivian Fleet, Sustainability Officer

Introductory Speech by Sandra Martin, CEM:

The Give Back Award recognizes a CAEM member organization who, not for financial reasons, has contributed to the enhancement of the community, within the last year.  Our 2016 nominee has been giving back since its inception in 1984, but the past year has been particularly significant in this regard.
 
Whether it involves 6 staff members or 60, this organization believes in and encourages charitable and sustainable partnerships and involvement.  Independent of their business mandate, staff are encouraged to invest in their community by getting involved in at least one volunteer activity annually.
 
This past year, the staff have embraced the spirit of the Give Back Award by donating their time and talent to a number of initiatives that included everything from a build for Habitat for Humanity to donating thousands of kilos of food and surplus items to various charities to contributing to the Toronto District School Board’s Nutrition program and so much more.
 
This is an organization that has weaved community involvement and social responsibility into the fabric of their culture.  It is for these reasons and many more that the 2016 Give Back Award recipient is the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
 
Acceptance Speech by Vivian Fleet:
 
Wow. This is so wonderful. Thank you so much for this. Thank you for having this award to begin with!
 
You know, there’s something to be said about the fact that Giving Back to the community in itself is being recognized. Thank you to the CAEM for including this among your awards. There are a lot of moving parts and so much work and detail needed to make an event successful, and it’s wonderful to know that making a difference to the community, while there is so much else going on, is a priority for so many.
 
I am very thankful that the Metro Toronto Convention Centre was nominated. On behalf of the team at the MTCC, I’d like to thank the CAEM nomination committee and the Board of Directors for this award. And thank you to our clients who push us to be better. We’ve set the bar high for ourselves and I love when you make us push it even farther.
 
I’d also like to thank the fabulous team at the MTCC for making this possible. When I joined the team 5 years ago, right from the start there was such a willingness to participate and contribute to making a difference in the community. I remember one particular event that had quite a lot of food left over, and quite unexpectedly too. There were thousands of extra meals over the course of the event, actually. And unanimously we decided that there was no way we were going to let it all go to waste. We didn’t have a plan in place, but right away people from across the organization from all different departments rallied to find a solution. Over the course of a few hours, we had arranged for about 5 local shelters to come in over the course of the event to collect the food. And we all donned hair nets, and gloves, and aprons to package it up safely so people across the city could have a delicious meal. It’s that attitude – that willingness to help, that enthusiasm – that really makes a difference and I couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of.
 
So thank you again! I am so happy to be accepting this award on behalf of the team at the MTCC. And we will continue to push the bar and be better. Thanks again!