Stantec’s grassroots fundraisers host first campaign to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis
What happens when you put a bunch of hard-working Stantec employees together who are passionate about doing their part to help solve the global water and sanitation crisis? You see volunteers in almost 20 offices across Canada and the United States raise more than $15,000 to support Water For People’s (WFP) water, sanitation, and hygiene education program. And that was only Stantec’s first year supporting WFP’s Employee Giving Campaign.
WFP promotes the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services that are accessible to everyone. Approximately 4.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation; 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe water; and more than 800,000 people died last year from water-related diseases. WFP is working hard to solve this crisis by working in 9 countries, 32 districts, and impacting approximately 4 million people. This organization is sustained by communities, businesses, and governments in hopes to reach everyone worldwide.
In October, Stantec employee Tony Petrucci brought the Employee Giving Campaign to Stantec. Tony, a Water principal out of the Markham, Ontario office has been volunteering with WFP for the past 14 years. “I attended a presentation at a conference in Chicago in 2004,” Tony says. “Steve Werner was the executive director for WFP at the time. All it took was one slide that had the face of a child disappearing every 15 seconds to represent the number of children dying because of this crisis to make me realize how wrong this was. My daughter was two years old at the time, and I felt morally obligated to help out.”
Since then, Tony has assisted the local volunteer committees in Ontario. Currently, he’s on his second tour of duty on the WFP—Canada board where he serves as president. “This cause means so much to me because it reflects the industry I work in,” Tony says. “I’m grateful that Stantec volunteers stepped up to the challenge to raise money for this great cause.”
Local office champions in Stantec offices stepped forward and volunteered some of their time to plan out fundraising and awareness building activities during the month-long campaign. During the campaign, there were potlucks, chili cook-offs, lawn games, rock and roll bingo, and many other events in our offices across Canada and the United States. Presentations were created to spread awareness about the global water and sanitation crisis and WFP’s efforts to help bring sustainable and long-lasting water, sanitation, and hygiene education to every community, family, school and clinic—a model they call Everyone Forever.
Stantec employees raised more than $15,000 for Water For People.
In the Pasadena, California, office, volunteers and staff raised almost $1,700 during the campaign and earned bragging rights as the fundraising leader. This campaign was a tremendous success and everyone involved should be proud of the contributions that were made, knowing that we have done our part to help create awareness and raise funds for Water For People.
We should all make an effort to make sure everyone has access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation: it is a basic human right for all of our global brothers and sisters. To see the progress WFP has made over the past year so far—and how our campaign has helped out—click here.
If you would like to donate to the Employee Giving Campaign in the US, please click here.
For those in Canada who wish to donate, please click here.