In response to the devastation Typhoon Haiyan had on the Phillipines last month, Assiniboine members and employees demonstrated their compassion and generosity as members of a wider global community. In one of the largest responses Assiniboine has seen to a natural disaster, donations totaled in excess of $14,500, which is eligible for matching funding from the federal government.
In response to strong positive reactions from employees about collecting donations in their branches, Assiniboine also announced they would match employees’ donations, dollar for dollar. As a result, Assiniboine will make a contribution of $3,250 to the Co-operative Development Foundation Philippines Relief Fund to support co-operative partners hit hard by the typhoon.
In total, the generosity of Assiniboine members and employees means that over $32,000 has been contributed to the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.
When asked what it means to see this kind of support, employees responded with enthusiasm:
As a Filipino it does mean a lot to me, though my families in the Philippines were not directly affected by Typhoon Yolanda. (Typhoon Haiyan is locally known as Typhoon Yolanda.) It is overwhelming and I feel proud to be Pinoy because we are loved by Winnipegers and Canadians. Indeed good things happen here.
— Marilou Manipon, Investment Administrator
I am greatly overwhelmed with how members and employees of Assiniboine responded when my home country, the Philippines, cried out for help after that super typhoon, Haiyan, left thousands of our countrymen in such dire and deplorable conditions. When Assiniboine announced that they would match employee donations, it confirmed to me that they indeed “walk the talk” in relation to our people-planet-prosperity, triple bottomline values. With a diverse workforce, and their commitment to the 7th co-operative principle – Concern for Community, Assiniboine supports the Filipino community their Filipino employees. I am so proud to be an employee of Assiniboine Credit Union because they are consistent with what they “say” and what they actually “do”.
— Juana Lacuin, Portage at Rutland Branch
Personally, it means a lot to me seeing the overflowing support coming from our members , my co-employees and of course Assiniboine. I may not have families directly affected by the Typhoon Haiyan, but as a Filipino I feel the sadness and pains of our “kababayans” (fellow countrymen) who weathered the devastating effect of Typhoon Haiyan. True generosity knows no boundaries, colors or race. Thank you so much for your generous support. It will be a great help in rebuilding not only the devastated areas but most importantly will help rebuild and heal the lives of the survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan.
— Zalde Santos, Corporate Risk
My husband, a teacher, and some of students, many of whom are from the Filipino, organized a bake sale to raise funds to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. They raised over $300 which they donated through Assiniboine. When we received the results of how much was donated, I called my husband to tell them and thank the kids for their hardwork and generosity. While I was on speakerphone, one of the kids yelled “We love you Assiniboine!” They were so excited and proud of what they had helped to accomplish – their response was really heartwarming.
— Shawn McGillivray, Member Communication Centre
Thank you to members and employees for your generosity and support of the Filipino community.
If you wish to make a donation through the Red Cross, you can learn more at Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Fund.