In the Community

Giving back to the community is an important part of being a successful business. Gillons recognizes the importance of community involvement and encourages employees to participate in volunteer activities by providing flexibility in work schedules. Through a variety of programs such as, Relay for Life, Hospital Foundations, Family Safety events, fishing tournaments, Chamber of Commerce events, Chem-Free Grad, sports teams (including hockey, soccer, volleyball, and curling), Gillons has donated funds and countless volunteer hours to secure a concrete role within the community.

Gillons has always had a deep commitment to the community of Northwestern Ontario. In addition to our sponsorships of local organizations and clubs in support of our staff and clients, Gillons is involved in the following community activities:


Community Sponsor for George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation’s Clowning for Kids

Gillons was proud to celebrate its 3rd year as the Community Sponsor for the annual “Clowning for Kids” event held in support of the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation. On March 26, 2009, Gillons staff showed their support by sporting red clown noses in the office to help raise money for children with special needs. Gillons has developed a particular interest in assisting the development of the George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation and in addition to its support of the “Clowning for Kids” event has also pledged $15,000.


Habitat for Humanity

Gillons has signed on to fundraise on behalf of Habitat for Humanity to reach its goal of building a home by 2016. Gillons staff proudly participated in their first build on June 16, 2009.

Habitat for Humanity is a community-based, non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity spans over 90 countries and is responsible for placing over 225,000 families into new homes around the world. In Thunder Bay alone, Habitat for Humanity has constructed 17 homes since 1994, giving 45 children in Thunder Bay homes of their own and hope for the future.


Alzheimer Coffee Break

CB CoffeeCup logo Gillons is proud to have committed $6,000 over the next two years to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay through title sponsorship of their largest fundraiser, the Alzheimer Coffee Break. You can get involved too by hosting your own coffee break or donating to the cause. This year’s fundraiser officially kicks off on September 15, but events can be held throughout the month of September and into October.

The Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay raises funds to support the over 3,200 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the Thunder Bay area. All of the money raised locally stays in Thunder Bay. This year’s goal is $25,000 in the district of Thunder Bay. All it takes is a pot of coffee to have a positive impact on our community so get yours brewing today and make your coffee count!


Dilico Children’s Foundation

Gillons has recently donated $1,000 to Dilico Children’s Foundation, which was matched with a $1,000 donation from Novex Group Insurance. Dilico Children’s Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that was established in 2009. The Foundation promotes a proactive and holistic approach to improving the well-being of Anishinabek children, youth and families. As a Foundation, they advocate for children and young people living in caring families and communities so that they may grow safely and fulfill their individual potential in life.


St. Joseph’s Foundation Golf Classic

Gillons is excited to be entering its 5th year as a platinum sponsor for the St Joseph’s Foundation Golf Classic to be held September 14, 2009. The annual golf classic helps St. Joseph’s Foundation of Thunder Bay in raising money to support the Hogarth Riverview Manor.

Hogarth Riverview manor is a long-term care home built and operated by St. Joseph’s Care Group on the Hogarth Westmount site in Thunder Bay. The home supports a full range of programs and services, providing care to elderly physically-disabled adults, those afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as the frail with high-intensity medical needs.


Adopt-a-Road Clean-up

Gillons has now participated in its second road-side clean-up which was held June 12, 2009. Gillons adopted the section of the Harbour Expressway between Balmoral Street and Memorial Avenue in 2008 and is proud to be continuing part of cleaning up our community. Management and staff happily team up to get down and dirty to clean up our streets and help maintain a clean and green Thunder Bay.

The Adopt-A-Road Program was launched in Thunder Bay in the spring of 1995. Adopt-A-Road is about more than cleaner road sides; it also saves tax dollars, provides recognition for participating companies and organizations, raises public awareness of the costs of littering, improves the environment, and promotes civic pride and responsibility.

To get involved in the Adopt-A-Road Program, contact Ken Sinclair at 474-4834.

Other Community Involvement

In addition to the above activities, Gillons consistently participates in the Christmas Kettle drive for the Salvation Army, donates to the United Way as well as other local organizations,and sponsors local sports teams. In 2008, Gillons was the event sponsor for the Motors & Muscles event which raises money for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and along with its event sponsorship, participated in the Hike for Health in Nipigon which supports the Nipigon Rotary Club and the Land of the nipigon Waterways Development Association. Gillons has also developed bursaries for both Lakehead University and Confederation College.