Community Service Projects
This year, MPI is proud to announce our largest ever community project offering with four activities that allow as many people to participate as possible, make your choice or consider taking part in them all! All four projects are bringing fantastic benefits to the local community and we’ve designed the programs to make them as accessible to attendees as possible.
Different By Nature Community Service Project
Presented by: Salt Lake CVB
Date: July 24, 2010
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This community service project is another great opportunity to have a meaningful and positive impact on the local community and environment by going out and physically restoring Salmon habitats. This project is valuable for MPI and WEC attendees because it addresses an issue that has an impact on the environment, local culture, and the British Columbia meetings industry. Preserving wild salmon habitats is important for the local meetings industry. Not only is salmon a local food source, increasing environmental awareness has made local wild salmon highly sought by planners, delegates and visitors. For many, salmon is part of the experience of having a meeting in BC.
Stream ecosystems are complex interactions among plants, animals, and their physical environment. Urban forest management has removed some of the vegetation needed to provide protection for salmon bearing streams - impacting the long-term sustainability of this west coast species.
Working stream side in one of North Vancouver's forest parks, WEC attendees will be involved in various activities such as replacing invasive plants with native plants that provide critical shade, shelter and protection from erosion. We will be shown how to survey the area and identify species.
About Pacific Streamkeepers
This not-for-profit society is dedicated to training and supporting the volunteers required to protect and restore local aquatic habitat. They also provide education on the importance of watershed resources and encourage communication and cooperation in watershed management.
For more information please visit: http://www.pskf.ca/index.html
Dress for Success
Help directly benefit the disadvantaged in Vancouver by participating in our clothes drive, just bring an item(s) of unwanted clothing from yourself or a family member to help women into employment.
Dress for Success® Vancouver is a registered Canadian Charity that helps low and no income women to transition into the workforce by providing professional attire. Each Dress for Success client receives a suit for her interviews and a small working wardrobe when she gets her job. The suits we give symbolize our faith in every woman's ability to succeed. The Dress for Success Vancouver Professional Women's Group program then provides ongoing support to help the client build a successful career. Former clients who have successfully returned to the workforce become members who meet monthly for a networking and education program. Monthly meetings focus on subjects such as the written and unwritten rules of the workplace, personal finance, communications and personal health.
Bring your gently used women’s business clothing, shoes and/or accessories to Vancouver! Every woman probably has something in their closet that can be donated to a woman in need. Who doesn’t have a suit in their closet that just doesn’t fit or maybe isn’t the right color? Or perhaps you are shoe diva who has a pair of great heels that were only worn once. What about that necklace or earring set you bought but just don’t wear anymore?
Men, we haven’t forgotten you! Most men can ask a spouse, friend or significant other if they have something to donate. Or, buy something new to help women transition into the work force.
Have something in mind? Pack it in your suitcase and bring it to the Convention Centre on Sunday and drop off your items in the Global Village. Or, take The Dress for Success drop off area will be open throughout WEC.
Dress for Success is always in need of the following good condition items:
- Business suits (no more than 3 years old please)
- Purses, business cases and umbrellas.
- Outerwear (long and ¾ length coats – any season)
- Tailored separates: jackets, pants and skirts
- Blouses and tops (simple neck and shoulder lines, that will fit neatly under a jacket)
- Conservative accessories: scarves, belts, and jewelry
- Quality footwear that has hardly been worn
- They are also delighted to accept unopened pantyhose, lingerie and grooming supplies.
Unfortunately, due to time and space restrictions, as well as the volunteer workload; they cannot accept shorts/jeans/t-shirts or any other casual wear, nor can they take eveningwear or items which are dated, soiled or need repair.
Pacific Assistance Dog Society – PADS- Puppy Socialization
Pacific Assistance Dogs (PADS) raises and trains assistance dogs for people who are facing the daily challenges of life with a physical disability or who are Deaf or hard of hearing. These highly skilled dogs allow our clients to experience a greater level of independence and an enhanced quality of life. PADS is a charitable, non-profit organization located in Burnaby, B.C., with an office in Calgary. PADS services people in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. PADS relies entirely on fundraising, grants and donations to finance the care and training of our amazing dogs.
PADS trains 3 types of assistance dogs: Service Dogs for people with physical disabilities, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf or hard of hearing and Facility/Therapy Dogs for therapeutic placements in long term care, group homes, hospitals and schools or Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) settings. In addition to the critical skills/services the dogs provide on a daily basis, they also provide a sense of security and act as a social icebreaker to those who may otherwise feel marginalized by their disability.
MPI is excited to work with PADS and to sponsor one of their clients who works in the meeting and events industry to attend the full conference and participate in all the meeting’s activities. Their client will be accompanied by the service dog throughout the meeting.
MPI will also offer the attendees the opportunity to cuddle with the puppies. PADS will bring several dogs that attendees can spend time cuddling with, petting or just stare at and smile. These puppy cuddling sessions will give the dog some down time from their serious training. This cuddling time allows the puppies to explore the world and get acquainted with new surroundings and people. This is valuable socialization tool for these dogs.
Because there is no way of knowing exactly what kind of job the dog will eventually have, puppies must be exposed to as many different human situations as possible when they are young. They go to work with their puppy-raisers to learn the patience needed for human employment. They travel on every mode of transportation possible. They shop regularly with their raisers to learn that the meat counter in a grocery store, or the stuffed animals lined up in a toy aisle, are not provided for their personal enjoyment. They learn how to meet and greet people politely and with reserved interest, so that when they are eventually teamed with a client, they will know how to be steady and supportive at the client's side.
We hope that the attendees enjoy the participation in this event. With their help the puppies will become better socialized and assist early on in the puppies very extensive and highly involved training. This event will leave a lasting impact not only on the Vancouver community, but will help positively impact individual lives throughout Canada.
The puppy cuddling hours will be as follows:
Saturday, July 24
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 25
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Monday, July 26
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 27
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Clean the World – Recycling Soap
MPI has partnered with a non-profit organization that collects and recycles soap and shampoo products discarded by guests of the hospitality industry every day. The hotel you are staying at during WEC will take partially used soap that would normally be thrown away and give it to Clean the World. The soap is then taken to a soap recycling plant for sanitization and treated with a steam/pressure combination. Clean the World then tests the soap’s pH level and then the soap is cooled for packaging. Clean the World delivers these recycled product donations to homeless shelters, missions and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease to help prevent the millions of deaths caused hygiene related illness every day.
At WEC, once the soap has been given a new lease of life it’ll be give to Mission Possible, a community of hope and transformation in Vancouver‘s Downtown Eastside, which is creating work for those with multiple barriers to employment. Mission Possible believes that working works; that the human work ethic is stronger than poverty, drugs or bad luck. MP Enterprises, the enterprising arm of Mission Possible, currently operates a property maintenance and restoration business. It is an on-ramp to employment - success through dignifying work.
So far, Clean the World have collected, reprocessed and distributed over 380 tons (760,000 lbs.) of soap, shampoo and other amenities and we’re proud to be supporting their great work at WEC!