Veridian is more than an electricity distributor – we are a dedicated partner that is committed to investing in the communities we serve, through a particular focus on efforts that support youth, arts and culture, and health.
All members of our Board of Directors live in the communities we serve. With their support, we ensure that all business decisions represent our communities’ best interests. Profitability will not precede service – that is our commitment to our communities.
We also enthusiastically support our communities in many other ways:
Here is a closer look at some of the community outreach we undertook in 2014:
Veridian’s President and CEO Michael Angemeer did not retreat from the challenge levied among many Ontario utility CEOs during the summer of 2014. His frosty shower served to raise awareness for ALS research and also kicked off Veridian’s 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament held in August at Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility in Ajax. More than 250 golfers turned out to play 18 holes and share in dinner festivities. The event raised more than $40,000, which was distributed to Special Olympics Ontario, Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Ajax-Pickering, Clarington, Hastings & Prince Edward Counties and Muskoka, and the United Way Backpack program.
For years, Veridian employee Bernene Jones supported and encouraged her son, Graeme Murray, as he represented Canada at international sledge hockey competitions. The entire Veridian team was thrilled when he added the bronze medal he won at the Socchi 2014 Paralympics Game to the 2006 Paralympics gold medal he won in Turin and five other world championship and Paralympic medals on his mantel. In September 2014, Veridian was honoured to donate $3,000 to the Town of Gravenhurst’s initiative to make its Centennial Arena more accessible for sledge hockey teams and to rename the facility Graeme Murray Arena – a fitting tribute to a local hero.
On June 18, Veridian employees gathered on the patio of their corporate headquarters in Ajax for a BBQ to show support and raise funds to help Manager of Corporate Planning, Tracey Strong, participate in the Grand Canyon Epic Climb for Epilepsy and Beyond. With her colleague’s support, Tracey was able to join 15 Durham Region Epilepsy Ambassadors in a fundraising rim-to-rim hike through the Grand Canyon. Tracey completed her 7,000-foot climb in 11.5 hours. The hike raised $55,000 to support Epilepsy Durham Region’s Pediatric Management Program.
In June of 2014, Veridian donated $10,000 to help with the replacement of two, 20-year-old engines on the Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association (PARA) search and rescue cutter. Since PARA came into existence 47 years ago, this 50-member volunteer organization has responded to more than 200 calls where life has been in danger.