Our founder, Peter Young, and his wife Rose believed in the importance of generosity towards others and their community. With gratitude as our fundamental motivation, the Peter Young Foundation, the Peterson Group Foundation and the Peterson team contribute to the well-being of our diverse community—for today, and the future.
We are committed to understanding the needs of our community, to raising awareness for important issues, and to supporting initiatives that make a meaningful difference. We encourage our team members to volunteer in their community, and support them with paid time off to do so. They also have the opportunity to give back to organizations that they have a personal connection to through our employee-directed giving program, where we make a financial donation on their behalf.
Coast Mental Health: Courage to Come Back Awards
Peterson is proud to support Coast Mental Health through the upcoming Courage to Come Back Awards. Every year, these Awards celebrate the stories of five British Columbians who have overcome extraordinary adversity to come back and give back to their community.
Coast Mental Health, an independent registered charity, is the largest provider of community-based services for people living with mental illness in B.C. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental illness or addiction problem. Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague and affects people of all ages, education, income levels, and cultures.
In our ongoing commitment to give back to our local community, we are proud to support Coast Mental Health and the work that they do in providing essential support and services for people with mental illness so they can find their meaningful place in our community – a place to live, a place to connect, and a place to work.
Please visit www.coastmentalhealth.com to learn more.
Inspiring the Community
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Richmond Food Bank holiday matching campaign! Together with our $10,000 matching donation, the food bank received an amazing $68,000 in donations in the month of December.
Every dollar donated is stretched to $6 by the food bank, which uses the money to distribute the most needed items including fresh fruit and vegetables, proteins, and dairy products to our neighbours in need.
Holiday Christmas Hampers
2020 has been a challenging and unpredictable year for everyone, and all the more so for those in need. This week we delivered holidays hampers filled with personalized gifts and gift cards to purchase food and necessities for two local families in need of a little extra help this holiday season.
We hope these small, yet meaningful, deliveries bring a little magic to the families – reminding them that they are part of a caring community and help to alleviate some emotional stress and extra costs this time of year can bring.
The New Sunny Hill Health Centre Opens to Patients at BC Children’s Hospital
“Creating something greater for children like Libby is at the heart of Peterson’s commitment to fostering positive change in our community. The courage, strength and perseverance of Sunny Hill children and families serves as an inspiration to us all." - Ben Yeung, Executive Chair & CEO
The Sunny Hill Centre at BC Children’s Hospital is a community; a place of support, understanding, and strength. At Sunny Hill, kids with mobility and developmental needs face their greatest challenges – and celebrate extraordinary triumphs. Many of their conditions pose life-altering difficulties, and they often show strength and resilience beyond their years.
In August 2020, the new Sunny Hill opened it’s doors to receive the first patients at the one-of-a-kind facility, thoughtfully designed for the kids and families there. A special space in the new Sunny Hill has been named the Peterson Family Gathering Space. In our continued commitment to give back to our community, we are so proud to be part of this incredible initiative ushering in a new era of care for the children and their families who rely on Sunny Hill, giving children and families the very best opportunity to be healthy and fulfill their hopes and dreams by providing the very best to patients across the province who rely on Sunny Hill.
Coast Mental Health
In our continued commitment to give back to the community and in response to COVID-19, we are proud to support the good work of Coast Mental Health (CMH). CMH provides housing, support, and employment services that are essential for people working to recover from mental illness.
Due to the temporary health restrictions ordered by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, CMH has been forced to close some of their most impactful services. One of the most immediate needs for their at-risk clients is stable access to healthy, nutritious food. To address the gap of the closures of some services, CMH has implemented a takeaway meal program to provide clients with a meal as well provide continued support while clients wait in line for meals. We made a donation that provides 3,000 nutritional and substantial meals, or approximately 1 month of meals, to the 120-140 clients who are relying on this support and will have an immediate impact on those living with mental illness in our community. We are proud to support the CMH team in their efforts to help meet the needs of this vulnerable population during this challenging time.
Whole Way House Society
In our continued commitment to give back to the community and in response to COVID-19, we are proud to support the good work of the Whole Way House Society in partnership with the Dirty Apron by making a donation that provided 700 warm meals a week, for four weeks, for low income seniors living in SRO’s in the Downtown Eastside.
Peterson volunteers also spent an afternoon helping to package meals. Sharing in the mission of our community partners, in addition to receiving a warm, hearty and nutritious meal, we hope that the seniors who received these meals also know that they are loved and that someone cares enough to bring them a hot meal, check in on them, and perhaps even share a laugh.
Employee Directed Giving Program: Chris Jackson, Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament
The Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament is an annual one-day fundraising event jointly organized by the Vancouver legal community and UBC law students raising funds to help children in need in our local community.
Chris Jackson, our General Counsel, is a long-time organizer, volunteer, fundraiser and participant of the Hoop-Law event. Chris has helped organize the tournament since 2007 and is a former President of the Hooplaw Society, a non-profit organization of downtown practitioners who raise funds for local charities.
On September 7th, 2019, over 250 lawyers from more than 25 law firms, along with dozens of law students, gathered to participate in the tournament raising over $80,000 from the generous contributions of the Vancouver legal and business community in support of the recipient charities: Night Hoops, Aboriginal HIPPY, and the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC. We were happy to make a donation through our Employee Directed Giving Program supporting Chris’s volunteer efforts and the good work of Hoop-Law participants and organizers. Chris was recognized as the 2nd top fundraiser, personally raising $8,050. Congratulations to the Hoop Law organizers and participants on another successful fundraising event supporting the local community!
Richmond Food Bank, Peterson Holiday Food Drive & Matching Campaign
Throughout the month of December, we partnered with the local community, including tenants and residents of our commercial and residential buildings, for a holiday food drive and matching campaign in support of the Richmond Food Bank.
Collectively, the community raised over $11,000 through cash donations and we collected nine large boxes of food items at our buildings. Thank you to everyone that donated! We are proud to support the meaningful and impactful efforts of the dedicated Richmond Food Bank volunteers and staff in the work that they do providing nutritious food for our neighbours in need.
Peterson Holiday Food Drive & Matching Campaign in Support of the Richmond Food Bank
As the cold weather and holiday season approaches, we are reminded to think of those most in need. In the spirit of giving, our team spent a morning volunteering alongside the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Richmond Food Bank to kick of our annual Peterson food drive and matching campaign. After wonderful success last year, with the community raising over $16,000 and collecting seven boxes of food at our buildings, Peterson has again committed to match every dollar raised throughout the month of December up to $10,000.
The food bank gives healthy and nutritionally-balanced food to more than 2,200 people in a typical week, providing Richmond residents with healthy food choices and connecting their clients to services that address the root causes of poverty. 32% of their clients are children and 55% of clients are temporary users, most of whom are suffering through a crisis. They receive no government support and rely entirely on the community donating food, money, and time. Please click http://richmondfoodbank.org/2019/11/26/peterson-matching-donation/ to donate or learn more.
Holiday Christmas Hampers
This week we delivered Christmas hampers to four local families in need of a little extra help this holiday season.
In partnership with two inner city schools who provided us with the names and wishes of the families, we were happy to share in the spirit of the season helping to put some extra food on the table and special gifts under the tree for these families.
Children’s Wish Foundation, Heroes Challenge
Team Peterson, aka Kimberly’s Disney World, joined our wish kid 12 year old Kimberly for the Children’s Wish Foundation’s Heroes Challenge event last Friday.
We had a truly memorable and inspiring afternoon competing against the 18 other teams, raising a collective $204k for the Children’s Wish Foundation! The event is a team challenge event that brings together wish supporters and wish children. Each team is tasked with raising $10k and on challenge day, teams come together to celebrate fundraising efforts and to compete in challenges designed to test team spirit, mental agility, and physical ability.
We’d like to send a very heartfelt thank you to the incredible generosity of everyone who joined with us to help grant our amazing wish kid Kimberly, her most heartfelt wish. Thank you also to the Children’s Wish Foundation for the inspiring work that they do granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Natalia, our VP, People & Culture, has been an active volunteer with Dress for Success Vancouver (DFSV) for the last eight years. Dress for Success is a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs.
Natalia has helped clients pick out interview outfits at the DFS boutique through their suiting program and continues to be a mentor to clients through the career centre “alumni” program, attending regular meetings where clients meet to support and encourage each other through building confidence, networking and discussing workplace-related topics. Her volunteer efforts started back in 2011 after she attended a conference and bid on a silent auction item of a membership with YES! Vancouver, a philanthropic networking group of professional women looking to make powerful connections with fellow female members of the business community. Through this organization, she learned about the incredible work of DFS and felt that their values of dignity, inclusiveness, and hope really spoke to her own personal values.
“My family immigrated from the Philippines and my dad had to return to Manila to find work. He travelled back to Vancouver at least once a year, but we saw very little of him growing up. Thankfully, my mom found work here in Canada and she raised me and my two sisters essentially on her own. She was a great example as to how a working mother can be a source of strength to support a family. So I’m very grateful for the opportunities given to new immigrants and I want to give back to the community. A lot of the clients of DFS are new immigrants, single mothers or survivors of abuse. The women that I meet through DFS continue to be an inspiration to me through their stories of resilience and hope”.
We recently made a donation to Dress for Success at Natalia’s request through our employee-directed giving program to support a cause that she feels passionate about and that also benefits our community. We are happy to support both Natalia in her volunteering efforts, and Dress for Success, in the valuable and meaningful work that they do offering long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty.
Sunny Hill Month
This past February, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) shared stories of courage, strength and perseverance of the kids of Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children each day of the month on their social media channels.
Peterson was proud to partner with BCCHF on this initiative through an online matching campaign to double the impact of each dollar donated throughout the month. We are happy to share with you that BCCHF received over 560 gifts throughout the month of February raising $150,932 from the community.
The Sunny Hill Enhancement Initiative aims to raise $14 million to help create and enhance a state-of-the-art facility right on the BC Children’s Hospital campus for its unique patient populations. Sunny Hill is the only children’s rehabilitation facility of its kind in the province and once the relocation is completed in summer 2020, BC Children’s Hospital will become one of the few pediatric sites in North America with an acute care facility, research institute, mental health facility and rehabilitation centre on the same campus. This will help usher in a new era of pediatric health care, where the best and the brightest are able to seamlessly work together to improve treatments, outcomes and ultimately, better the lives of countless kids and families.
Dress for Success Vancouver
Dress for Success Vancouver (DFS) is a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs.
This month, 15 Peterson volunteers spent an afternoon volunteering with DFS sorting clothing and donated items. Thank you to the staff and volunteers of DFS for the opportunity to give back to the local community supporting the good work that you do providing women with long-lasting solutions to break the cycle of poverty.
Make-A-Wish, Rope for Hope
On June 27, Janice, one of our Carmana team members, challenged her fear of heights by rappelling down the Hyatt Regency Vancouver in support of Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope.
Peterson was happy to support Janice through our Employee Directed Giving Program in her fundraising efforts to help grant the wishes of children living with critical illness. Rope for Hope calls on participants to raise pledges in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the edge of a high-profile building. Janice was inspired to do Rope For Hope having seen the different outcomes of friends’ children who had all aspects of support, compared to those that did not, while fighting against critical illnesses. Janice far surpassed her personal fundraising goal of $3,000 by raising $4,163! Way to go Janice for all of your efforts in support of Make-A-Wish and the good work they do creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, Family Meal Program
For over thirty years, Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon (RMH BC) has been providing accommodation for seriously ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for their child’s major treatment.
Through RMH BC’s Family Meal Program, our group prepared and shared a homemade meal with the families who call RMH BC home right now. Thank you the RMH BC staff and volunteers for the great work you do keeping families together in a home away from home, and to the families at RMH BC for welcoming us into the house for a truly memorable evening.
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, Ties & Tails Gala
BC & Alberta Guide Dogs breeds, raises and professionally trains Guide Dogs for individuals who are blind/visually-impaired, and Autism Support Dogs for children with moderate to severe autism aged 3-10 and their families.
It takes two years and upwards of $35,000 to produce one certified dog, provided free of charge to the recipient. On Saturday, May 11, Peterson was a proud sponsor of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs Ties & Tails Gala. At the event, three clients shared their incredible stories of how their Service Dogs have impacted their lives. Thank you to the team at BC & Alberta Guide Dogs for an inspiring evening celebrating the great work you do in meeting the growing demand for professionally trained Guide Dogs, Autism Support Dogs, and PTSD Service Dogs for citizens in British Columbia and Alberta.
Celebrating Literacy with Christopher Robin and Friends!
We joined the teachers, students and families at Queen Alexandra School to celebrate the joy of reading for their Literacy Day pancake breakfast.
. With students and teachers dressed up as their favourite characters from books and novels, literacy day raises awareness of the importance of literacy. Dressed as characters from Winnie the Pooh, Peterson volunteers spent the morning flipping pancakes and serving breakfast to the students and their families. In our continued partnership, throughout the school year Peterson volunteers visit the school each week for a reading buddy program spending an hour reading with students. The breakfast was a wonderful way to celebrate literacy with our friends at Queen Alexandra School!
BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Jeans Day 2019
In support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Jeans Day, we gathered to compete for the honour to duct tape one brave individual to a wall and to pie two co-workers in the face, all in the name of charity.
More than a million kids count on BC Children’s Hospital and funds raised through Jeans Day will help advance innovative research, purchase advanced equipment, and create spaces and practices that prioritize the unique needs of kids and their families in every aspect of their care. Since it started in 1990, Jeans Day has raised over $21 million to transform health care for kids.
Children's Wish Foundation, Night of Wonders Gala
It was a night of wishes come true at the Children’s Wish Foundation Night of Wonders Gala.
Thank you Children’s Wish for an inspiring evening celebrating the magic of a wish and the joy and transformation that a wish can bring to a child with a life-threatening illness. The event raised over $550,000 in support of granting the 110 wishes that will be granted to wish kids in the next year.
At the 2018 Children’s Wish Foundation Heroes Challenge, our team of 12 won “Best Dressed Team” along with our wish child, Eli.
The prize was for eight of our finest chef’s to spend an evening prepping, cooking and enjoying a delicious meal together. A big thank you to the Children’s Wish Foundation and to Tall Order Culinary for this fantastic prize and to everyone who participated with us in Team Eli’s fundraising challenge last year for your incredible generosity and support!
BC Children's Hospital Foundation, 24th Annual For Children We Care Gala (February 2019)
Peterson was honoured to return as presenting sponsor for the 24th Annual For Children We Care gala in support of BC Children’s Hospital Sunny Hill Enhancement Initiative.
Peterson was honoured to return as presenting sponsor for the 24th Annual For Children We Care gala in support of BC Children’s Hospital Sunny Hill Enhancement Initiative. Peterson volunteers proudly joined the team of volunteers, dedicated staff and gala committee members to help celebrate this very special evening where a record $4,126,888 was raised in support of Sunny Hill. In May 2020, Sunny Hill will relocate to a brand new state-of-the-art facility right on the BC Children’s Hospital campus and is the only children’s rehabilitation facility of its kind in the province—providing assessments, diagnoses, therapy and above all, hope to thousands of kids and families from across the province.
Peterson is honoured to give back to the community in deep appreciation for the hospital’s expertise, understanding and care, and in recognition of a special place that has likely touched all of our lives through a loved one needing care at the hospital. We were once again humbled by the amazing generosity shown in support of pediatric health care in our province.
Employee Directed Giving Program: Jared Lo, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver
Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver supports child and youth development through volunteer-led mentoring programs.
Jared Lo, who works as our Analyst, Investments, has been a volunteer at Big Brothers for the past two years with their mentorship program. We recently made a $2,500 donation to Big Brothers at Jared’s request through our employee-directed giving program to support a cause that he feels passionate about and that also benefits our community. We are happy to support both Jared in his volunteering efforts, and Big Brothers, in the valuable and meaningful work that they do supporting child and youth development.
Peterson Holiday Food Drive & Matching Campaign
Throughout the month of December, we partnered with our local community including tenants and residents of our commercial and residential buildings for a holiday food drive and matching campaign up to $10,000 in support of the Richmond Food Bank.
Collectively, the community raised over $16,000 through cash donations – an amazing 33% increase from last year’s donation collection! With Peterson’s matching commitment of up to $10,000, this means a collective donation of $26,000 for the food bank and our local neighbours in need, as well as seven very large boxes of food donations that the food bank will distribute to their over 2,200 clients.
Tis the Season…for Christmas Hampers
Now in our seventh year, six of Santa’s elves delivered Christmas hampers to the two very grateful local families in need of a little extra help this holiday season.
Each family received enough groceries to last well beyond Christmas as well as some new clothing items for each family member and a special personalized gift. Receiving the names of the families in need from a local school, we are happy to share in the spirit in the season helping to put some extra food on the table and special gifts under the tree for these two families. Happy Holidays!
Employee Directed Giving Program: Chris Jackson, Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament
The Hoop-Law Charity Basketball Tournament is an annual one-day fundraising event jointly organized by the Vancouver legal community and UBC law students with fundraising efforts going towards helping children in need who are living in the local community.
Chris Jackson, our General Counsel, is a long-time organizer, volunteer, fundraiser and participant of the Hoop-Law event. Chris has helped organize the tournament since 2007 and is a former President of the Hooplaw Society which runs the tournament. On September 8th at the Richmond Oval, over 250 lawyers from more than 25 law firms along with dozens of law students gathered to participate in the tournament raising over $80,000 for the recipient charities from the generous contributions of the Vancouver legal and business communities. Through our Employee Directed Giving Program, supporting Chris’s volunteer efforts and the good work of Hoop-Law participants and organizers, we were happy to make a donation to the 2018 Hoop-Law designated recipient charities: Night Hoops, Aboriginal HIPPY, and the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC. Congratulations to the Hoop Law organizers and participants on a very successful fundraising event supporting the local community.
Children’s Wish Heroes Challenge (September 2018)
The Children’s Wish Heroes Challenge is a team challenge event that brings together wish supporters and wish children.
Each team is tasked with raising $10,000, the average cost of a wish and on challenge day, teams come together to celebrate fundraising efforts and to compete in challenges designed to test team spirit, mental agility, and physical ability. Team Peterson, aka Eli’s Super Mario All-Stars, joined our wish kid Eli, and his family, for the Heroes Challenge event and had a truly memorable and inspiring afternoon competing against the 14 other teams on event day and raising a collective $180k for Children’s Wish! Challenges including conquering a bouncy castle, a cookie eating competition and a dance off. Team Eli also managed to come away victorious earning the title of “Best Dressed Team”. We’d like to send a very heartfelt thank you to the incredible generosity of everyone who joined with us to help grant our amazing wish kid Eli, his most heartfelt wish, a trip to Disney World with his family, and to the Children’s Wish Foundation for the inspiring work that they do granting wishes to Canadian children between the ages of 3 and 17 who are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
The Children’s Wish Foundation (September 2018)
The Children’s Wish Foundation works with communities across the country to provide children with life threatening illnesses the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish.
In July, Peterson joined the Heroes Challenge by inviting our partners, friends and family, to join us in raising $10k by Sept 28 to grant our wish child, 10 year old Eli, with his most heartfelt wish – a trip with his family to Disney World. Eli has been battling ALL Hypodiploid Leukemia for just over one year and underwent chemotherapy at BC Children’s Hospital. His prognosis is good and in celebration of his strength, courage and resilience, 6 teams in our office participated in fundraising challenges and together with our local community, we reached our goal of $10k to grant Eli’s wish! On September 28, a team of 12 from Peterson will join Eli for the Heroes Challenge event. Thank you to everyone who partnered with us and for your incredible generosity in support of this heartwarming initiative!!
An Afternoon At Dress for Success (June 2018)
Dress for Success (DFS) is a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs.
We packed up the eight bags of donated clothing collected from our in-office clothing drive and dropped them off at the DFS office to kick off an afternoon of volunteering. Natalia, our Director, People & Culture, at Peterson and an active volunteer with DFS for the last eight years, also presented DFS with a donation from Peterson made possible through our employee directed giving program. It was a very rewarding and fun way to spend an afternoon with co-workers doing a small, yet meaningful, part in helping DFS offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty.