Toys for the North
RCMP O Division's Corporal Angelique Dignard, the Toys for the North coordinator for the past two years, was honoured to speak at a recent Canadian Toy Association (CTA) Hall of Fame reception and dinner. The RCMP and RCMP Veterans' Association, in partnership with Thomson Terminals and with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Air Force, started the toy drive in 2010.
The following year (in 2011), the CTA joined the annual toy drive, and it's proven to be a successful collaboration for everyone.
The Canadian Toy Association is pivotal in gathering the thousands of toys delivered each year, making them crucial to the campaign's success. Cpl. Dignard comments, "Simply stated…we could not do it without the Canadian Toy Association and their corporate donations." She said, "I know I can speak for the RCMP, Thomson Terminals and the Air Forces when I say we are extremely grateful for CTA's enthusiastic partnership, year after year." As a result of Cpl Dignard (and others) talking to the toy companies about the annual campaign, donations have surged, reaching $559,906.87 so far. This represents a 43% increase in toy donations from last year and a new annual toy donation record! THANK YOU.
Thanks also goes to Murray Farrow, who volunteered their time to attend the event dressed as the RCMP Safety Bear.Thousands of children in approximately 35 communities across Northern parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Nunavut, the North West Territories and Ontario have enjoyed a little brighter holiday thanks to this campaign. This year, we will also include delivery of toys to two communities in the Yukon.
Thanks to the toy donations, once again, Canada's North will light up with kids' Christmas smiles after opening gifts – delivered because of the huge volunteer efforts invested in the Toys for the North campaign.
Giving back to the communities in which Thomson Terminals does its business is a fundamental value and belief. Over the years, Thomson Terminals has striven to improve overall well-being and community living through contributions to local and international charities. The following list is a small sampling of the organizations we have supported over the years on our own and in concert with our customers:
Kids Help Phone
Children’s Miracle Network
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Trillium Health Centers