May 3 | 2017

Who will be FCT’s Next Scholarship Recipient?

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ScholarshipScholarship applications are now being accepted.

Our Honourable William G. Davis Scholarship is now open for 2017 submissions. The program awards five $1,000 scholarships to students who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Canada.

It is named after The Honourable William G. Davis, the 18th Premier of Ontario, whose passion for education contributed to his work in building Ontario’s community college system. Recipients of the scholarship are remarkable young people who aim to make a difference in the lives of others.

For instance, one of the 2016 William G. Davis Scholarship recipients, Bernice Ho is ready to make an impact through her education. She is currently enrolled at Queen’s University where she is studying to be a pediatrician. Bernice pursued her passion to work with children since high school by volunteering for the YMCA, tutoring elementary students, and working with the Markham Stouffville hospital to draw and colour with young patients. She is also the co-founder of the Sick Kids Foundations Club.

What really pushed her to follow her dream of being a pediatrician was a course that changed her world view.  “How I saw the world was profoundly changed by my Social Determinants of Health course because I learned that an individual’s socioeconomic status could impact their access to healthcare,” Bernice explains. “Therefore, my love for children and my passion to abolish such “guidelines” in healthcare policies encouraged me to become a pediatrician working alongside health promotion to implement affordable and available healthcare, so that each child, no matter their adversities, can get an equal start to life.”

We are proud to support Bernice in her academic journey and look forward to awarding scholarships to more deserving students this year.

Scholarship applications will be accepted till June 30, 2017. For details on how to apply, visit our website.

Best of luck to all the applicants!

Apr 24 | 2017

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with FCT!

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National Volunteer WeekOur employees contribute their passion, time and money to dozens of local charities, food banks, youth and women’s organizations every year. This year, we’re stepping things up and celebrating National Volunteer Week (NVW) with our employees and with you! Share your commitment to volunteering with us by posting your stories and photos on social media. We will be doing the same all week!

At FCT, we’re invested in the communities where we live and work, and support organizations that are focused on alleviating poverty and homelessness. We are actively involved in fundraising and volunteer activities within our local communities—supporting organizations like Habitat for Humanity Canada, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Food For Life.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to see how our volunteers are helping out in the community!

What is National Volunteer Week?

National Volunteer Week is a North American initiative that has been running in Canada since 1943. NVW promotes and appreciates volunteerism in the community.

 How is FCT Celebrating National Volunteer Week?

Our FCT National Volunteer Team is running an employee fundraising event to help support our chosen charities across Canada and provide volunteer opportunities with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Halton Women’s Place and Food4Kids for employees throughout the week.

Volunteering in the Community

Last year, our employees volunteered 1,476 hours serving communities across Canada. One of the many memorable endeavors included participation in an initiative led by Home Suite Hope, a charity that helps low income single-parent families go from crisis to stability by breaking the cycle of poverty. They work with community partners like FCT to raise funds and purchase gifts, bringing joy to families in need. Teams of employees selected one family each and purchased gifts from the wish lists they provided. Among the 92 gifts purchased were new clothing, toys, and home supplies. It was a wonderful opportunity to help those in need and give them a reason to celebrate.

Paul McLeish, who leads our volunteer team says, “Being actively involved and seeing first-hand the struggles that exists in our communities is an extremely emotional and humbling experience. As much as I try to donate to causes, I find nothing is more rewarding then lending a helping hand to someone in need.”

Giving through the FCT Charitable Foundation

In 2012, the FCT Charitable Foundation (FCTCF) was created to aid FCT in supporting local organizations. The FCTCF is an employee-driven, non-profit registered charity and our mission is to support charitable organizations that help alleviate poverty and homelessness. In addition to volunteering and community giving, the foundation also supports post-secondary education by awarding scholarships to students attending post-secondary institutions in Canada.

May 4 | 2016

The FCT Charitable Foundation’s 2016 Scholarship Program is now accepting applications

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Apply now for your chance at one of five $1,000 scholarshipscholarships

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela

Now in its second year, The Honourable William G. Davis Scholarship is currently accepting applications. An initiative of the FCT Charitable Foundation, this scholarship was launched in April of 2015 as another way for FCT to help support students in our communities with financial assistance as they take on post-secondary education (and changing the world!).

Who is eligible?

Any student who is current enrolled in or accepted to a post-secondary Canadian educational institution can apply.

How to apply

Those students interested are asked to complete an online application form before June 30, 2016, which includes a short essay detailing why the applicant is most deserving. Details of community and volunteer involvement as well as extra-curricular activities are also required. The five chosen recipients will be contacted in August 2016.

To learn more about this wonderful opportunity visit FCT.ca. Best of luck!

May 12 | 2015

Celebrating philanthropy in our community

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AFPsmallLast year, FCT was honoured to receive the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Corporation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Horseshoe Chapter. Presented at the annual National Philanthropy Day event, this award recognized the many and ongoing contributions that FCT and the FCT Charitable Foundation (FCTC) continue to make to local charities, including those focused on anti-poverty and homelessness assistance, as well as improving the communities where we live and work in general.

Not only were we humbled by this recognition, we were also inspired by the stories from the other honourees who received a National Philanthropy Award. The event and the awards themselves serve as incredible reminders of the power of philanthropy within our community.

This year, I am pleased to announce that FCT is the official sponsor of the Outstanding Corporation Award. We look forward to celebrating the contributions of other corporations within the Golden Horseshoe and attending the 2015 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 13.

For more information on the luncheon and to find out how you can nominate an individual, corporation or volunteer for a National Philanthropy Award, you can visit the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Horseshoe website.

Best of luck to all of those applying and thank you — thank you for taking it upon yourself to truly make a difference in our community.

Apr 28 | 2015

The FCT Charitable Foundation announces The Honourable William G. Davis Scholarship

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rsz_1davisw_col_300One of my favourite things to do at FCT is chair our employee-led FCT Charitable Foundation (FCTCF). In addition to raising funds for local charities that provide anti-poverty and homelessness assistance to communities where we operate, FCTCF ‘s mandate also includes providing scholarships to students for post-secondary education.

So it is my pleasure to announce the inaugural year of The Honourable William G. Davis FCTCF Scholarship.

For those outside of Ontario, the Honourable William G. Davis was the 18th Premier of Ontario who distinguished himself in many ways, most notably through his dedication to education by building Ontario’s community college system. From an FCT perspective, he has been the chair of our board since its inception a decade ago, and also served on the board of our American parent — First American —from 1997 to 2013. We, his FCT family, are very thankful for his guidance, insight and wit in leading our growth in Canada.

I am delighted to recognize Mr. Davis’ impressive dedication to FCT and to education in general with the launch of this new scholarship program.

This year FCTCF will offer five (5) $1,000 scholarships to students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions. We are targeting individuals from those communities where FCT employees live and work.

We have also assembled an impressive group to act as our expert scholarship review panel. The group includes a retired principal, teachers representative of several different boards, college instructors and community volunteers who will work together to advise the foundation on the selection of recipients.

scholarship_smallIf you know of a deserving candidate please encourage them to apply online.  Or, if you are a current or a new student at a Canadian post-secondary institution, please read the guidelines and if you qualify, submit your application by June 30, 2015. We will announce the recipients by the end of the summer.

The best of luck to all those applying!