The Eva Rothwell Centre, one of the first organizations selected by the Granting Committee to receive an OMERS Foundation grant, will be using its $15,000 to focus on the Education Pod in their recently launched Learning Pod System. The Learning Pods focus on six different areas of learning: Education, Employment and Vocation, Essential Life Skills, Health and Wellness, Youth Empowerment, and Creative Arts to help individuals build skills for future success.
Recently, Warren Bell (Chief Operating Officer), Henry Hobbs (Director, Process Excellence; and the charity’s nominator) and Julie Giraldi (President, Foundation) visited the Eva Rothwell Centre in Hamilton to present a cheque on behalf of the OMERS Foundation.
The Centre provides a host of services and programs to the community that seek to eliminate the financial barriers that stand between families and individuals of all ages and their access to quality social and recreational services. Services include:
- The Clothing Room
- Emergency Food Pantry
- Back-To-Work Centre
- Senior Drop-In Centre
- Mohawk College City School
- Pathways to Education
Matt Kelly, Executive Director of the Centre, took the group on a tour of the facility to see the organization’s vision in action. This included visits to the clothing shops and food pantry as well as the educational centre. The tour showcased some of the great work the Centre is doing helping individuals to succeed in the future.
We asked Matt Kelly, the Executive Director of the Eva Rothwell Centre, how donations like these from the OMERS Foundation help the Centre. Matt said: "Some children dream of becoming sport stars or doctors, others dream about having enough food to eat. With donations and corporate sponsorship from companies such as OMERS, we can support our clients in making sure that they are able to achieve both. Without these donations, our job is extremely difficult."
We asked Henry about his connection to the organization and why he nominated the Centre. He said: “In a community devastated by economic and social challenges, the Eva Rothwell Centre provides a pathway for residents to break the poverty cycle. As a former board member of the Centre, I have seen first-hand how much a generous donation such as this will benefit the community.”
This is one example of how the OMERS Foundation and our OMERS employees give back to our communities.