At YVR, we have a responsibility to the communities we serve. Building meaningful relationships with the community through partnerships connects our business values with our social responsibility and this is reflected in our community investment program theme: Caring Beyond, Every Day.
A key component of YVR’s Social Management System is to support our communities and in 2016 we did this through a range of methods—including donating over $1 million to 65 organizations and an additional $83,031 to organizations through one-time funding sources of lost and found money at the airport. Our coin ball money raised over $16,241 and we donated another $3,500 of in-kind donations—both to local organizations. Major funding contributions included YVR Art Foundation, Vancouver Fireworks Society, Canucks Autism Network, Hope Air, BC Mobility Opportunities Society, Hub Cycling, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Vancouver Park Board, YVR for Kids, Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports, Covenant House and Canadian National Institute for the Blind.
Our community investment program has three key areas of focus: Accessibility, Community and Environment. We constantly look for opportunities to support organizations that focus on at least one of these areas and are creating innovative programs in our community.
Our employees represent YVR at all times—at work and in the community. We encourage our employees to volunteer and in 2016 we provided opportunities to do so at a number of YVR-sponsored community events. Almost 80 employees volunteered with YVR at the Canada Day Parade, the Santa Claus Parade and the Vancouver Pride Parade. In addition, we formed a givers’ group to help provide direction for YVR’s employee giving program.
YVR was thrilled to be the official Accessibility Partner of the Vancouver Pride Festival in 2016—providing wheelchair-accessible viewing areas and braille program guides. YVR also participated with a float and a team of YVR ambassadors showing their support for the cause.
Quest Food Exchange
In 2016 we continued to support Quest Food Exchange as the not-for-profit’s official transportation sponsor. And for the sixth year, we led the annual airport-wide Christmas Hamper Food Drive, setting a new record of 770 donated hampers, 100 more than our previous record-setting year. Each hamper feeds a family and for every hamper donated YVR contributed a turkey to complete the holiday meal.
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
On September 18th, we had almost 400 volunteers from the airport and the community join us at Iona Beach Regional Park to take part in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. This team wielded gloves and pick-up-sticks to help clear the beach of debris and help to protect local habitats. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, we removed and recycled an estimated 600kg of waste. YVR donated $55,000 to the Vancouver Aquarium in support of this initiative, ensuring we continue to keep Canada’s shorelines clean.