Oakville, Ontario, November 5, 2020

Siemens in Canada executives donate $64,000 to support students in Toronto and Halton regions

  • Toronto Foundation for Student Success to receive $38,883 from Siemens Canada
  • Halton Learning Foundation to receive $25,259 from Siemens Energy Canada

Thousands of students enrolled in the Toronto and Halton District School Boards will soon benefit from greater access to technology and STEM education thanks to a corporate donation from Siemens in Canada. Senior Executives from Siemens Canada and Siemens Energy Canada generously donated the values of their 2020 vacation entitlements for this worthy undertaking, raising more than $64,000 in total.

                                                                          

The Toronto Foundations for Student Success (TFSS) will use its share of the funds to purchase laptops and tablets for beyond 3:30, a free after school program for middle-school aged students running in 18 schools across Toronto. “Currently, we just do not have enough laptops and tablets for students to use and, many that we do have, are old and obsolete,” says Catherine Parsonage, TFSS’s Executive Director & CEO. “Between our STEM program, financial literacy workshops, homework support and general fact finding, every single student will benefit from this donation which will allow us to provide up to 20 laptops and more than 60 tablets to support the 700+ students currently enrolled in the program.”

Few Canadians have been immune to the effects of this pandemic on their livelihoods, their children’s learning and in some cases, their basic needs, so together with our employees, Siemens looked at various ways we could do our part to help. 
Faisal Kazi, President and CEO, Siemens Canada.
The Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) and the Halton District School Board (HDSB) will use the $25,000 donation from Siemens Energy to support secondary students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning via the purchase of interactive, simulation software that is accessible for students in all learning settings. Given public health guidelines at this time, simulation software will ensure that students continue to experience an engaging approach to instruction that is experiential in nature. "Siemens has been a long-time partner of HLF, providing not only technological support for students but also help for students in financial need. We are so pleased to accept this gift, which will allow students to continue their learning remotely", said Lesley Mansfield, CEO, Halton Learning Foundation.

 

“Simulation software provides engaging hands-on resources that support student learning at a time when students may not be able to safely perform these tasks in their usual setting," adds Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the HDSB. "This donation will provide students with the opportunity to extend their learning by incorporating virtual, hands-on investigations into a variety of STEM sectors”.

 

This donation is part of Siemens in Canada’s overall Covid-19 Relief Funding initiative. In addition to this contribution, Siemens in Canada and its employees have generously supported a number of other Covid-19 related causes throughout 2020, including:

  • Donation of more than $47,000 to the Canadian Red Cross
  • Donation of more than $25,000 to Food Banks Canada
  • Donation of more than 1,000 laptops valued at $160,000 to the United Way and Salvation Army across Ontario and Quebec. Approximately 100 Siemens in Canada employees and their family members volunteered to refurbish the laptops at home during the pandemic.

“Few Canadians have been immune to the effects of this pandemic on their livelihoods, their children’s learning and in some cases, their basic needs, so together with our employees, Siemens looked at various ways we could do our part to help,” explains Faisal Kazi, President and CEO, Siemens Canada. “Access to technology, especially in this age of virtual learning, is vital for students and we’re honoured to be helping the Toronto Foundation for Student Success and the Halton District School Board continue their great work with this donation.”

 

For more information on Siemens Canada’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, please see https://new.siemens.com/ca/en/company/about/corporate-responsibility.html