As the leading international bank in Canada, HSBC Bank Canada works hard to ensure that it shares its success with the communities in which it operates. “HSBC Bank Canada is proud of its investment in communities across Canada," says Bill Aubé, Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking and Head of Quebec, Atlantic and National Capital Region, HSBC Bank Canada. “This investment is often more than simply making a donation. Employees at all levels donate their skills and time, including organizing fundraising events."
HSBC Bank Canada's involvement with the JGH started in 2004, when it made the hospital a recipient of a portion of the proceeds from its annual Charity Golf Tournament. Eight years later, the event has become one of the most memorable and rewarding golf tournaments to be played on the green. It is also an outstanding example of how a committed institution can make a difference and have an enormous positive impact on the health and well-being of a community.
Indeed, thanks to the dedication and generosity of HSBC Bank Canada, its customers and staff, the event has raised, to date, over $1.8 million in net proceeds in support of the Segal Cancer Centre at the JGH and its unique Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program. The Segal Cancer Centre is Quebec's largest comprehensive facility for cancer treatment and research with first-class care for all Quebecers, while the AYA is the first oncology program in Canada specifically designed to address the distinctive issues of cancer patients between the ages of 18 and 39. The AYA leads the country in providing this highly vulnerable and under-served segment of the population with access to comprehensive care that is tailored to their special needs. This unique program is funded almost entirely through private funds.
This year, the 11th HSBC Charity Golf Tournament was held on August 6 at the Mirage Golf Club and raised $ 215,000 net for the AYA Oncology Program, contributing to the continued progress and success of this vital program in meeting the unique needs of young cancer patients and their families in Montreal and Quebec, and for the Fondation la tolérance.
“HSBC believes that investing in the future begins with investing in the communities we serve," says Mr. Aubé. “We are proud to contribute to the growth of a renowned hospital that is committed to improving the health and quality of life of its patients today and for years to come."
“Through its meaningful support, HSBC Bank Canada is not only helping individuals in our community who are facing tremendous challenges, it is helping to build a healthier future for all of us," concurs Myer Bick, President and CEO of the JGH Foundation. “It is with deep gratitude and great optimism that we look forward to continuing our fruitful relationship with HSBC Bank Canada—and the promise it holds for our community and beyond—in the years ahead."