October 17 to October 21 marked the third annual Pearson Partners Week – our weeklong celebration of everything we do as an airport to volunteer in, partner with, and support our community.
From helping to keep our conservation areas clean, donating time at a local food bank, participating in professional mentoring to packaging essential supplies and debranding clothes, it was wonderful to see our community come together to give back and make good things fly.
We also hosted four Coffee Chats throughout the week to learn about the great work our partners do to help the community.
This year’s community partners included:
- Riverwood Conservancy – The Riverwood Conservancy is a volunteer- and member-based charity that protects, restores, and invites people to connect with nature at Riverwood that spans 150 acres along the Credit River in Mississauga in one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Credit River watershed. The Riverwood Conservancy works to connect people of all ages, abilities, and cultures to nature through environmental education, conservation, gardening, and nature-based programming.
- Brands for Canada – Brands for Canada has a vision of a sustainable world where surplus goods are purposefully used to eliminate poverty and inequality. They provide NEW donated clothing, personal care and houseware items at no cost to people living in poverty. Toronto Pearson generously supports their “Suitable Impressions” program where participants get training to help them with job interviews, as well as new work appropriate clothing, supply of personal care items, and a voucher for a haircut.
- Help a Girl Out – Help a Girl Out is a local charity working to combat period poverty and make sanitary products accessible to all women regardless of their location, situation or financial circumstances.
- Seva Food Bank – SEVA Food Bank has works to address the challenges of food security, poverty reduction and economic renewal for low-income families. Through two locations in Mississauga, they ensure equitable access to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to people experiencing or at risk of poverty.
- ACCES Employment – ACCES Employment connects employees from diverse backgrounds with employers. Their programs include a Speed Mentoring program that creates opportunities for newcomers with professionals in their sector, and MyPlan which supports underemployed workers find career paths.
- Trust 15 – Trust 15 is a charitable organization that provides youth in the Rexdale/North Etobicoke area with programs that promote and facilitate positive behaviour, creative expression, and cooperative working skills. They give kids in the community the social and educational tools to succeed in society by providing mentoring and positive role model intervention.
- Shakespeare in Action – Shakespeare in Action is a professional theatre and arts education company that nurtures and develops the next generation of performing artists, arts workers, educators, and audiences through the exploration and performance of classical and contemporary stories that are relevant to the community.
- Urban Pilots Network – Urban Pilots Network (UPN) seeks to promote and develop a keen interest in Aviation. One of UPN's goals is to bring about an awareness of important visible minority contributions in aviation, not traditionally nurtured in current academic programs. UPN is committed to providing youth career development and mentorship programs, community based social activities for its members, and help in facilitating future academic and business opportunities in the field of Aviation.
Learn more about how Toronto Pearson invests in our local community.