Our Commitment to Support Concrete Actions
Once again this year, our social responsibility approach demonstrates our willingness to invest in projects that are aligned with our values. Our engagement demonstrates our readiness to be involved in the community while demonstrating empathy, collaboration and integrity.
Indeed, Humania prioritizes respect for the environment, ethics in our industry and existing social issues. This is why we continue to support and invest in various social projects, such as youth, health and physical activity, international humanitarian organizations, education, and arts and culture. We also support initiatives, sponsorship and volunteering in our communities.
For our community
Once again this year, the annual Centraide Richelieu-Yamaska campaign was a resounding success. The committee of employees worked hard throughout 2019 to organize a variety of fundraising activities, including a benefit concert, several random draws and the traditional “Pause sucrée,” (sweet break), a sale of desserts cooked up by employee volunteers.
This initiative encourages people to rally together around a common goal and to make a difference in our community. We raised a total of $21,000, thanks to our employees’ generosity, their participation in different activities and the company’s contribution. These funds will support a range of organizations in our region that are helping people with diverse dependency problems.
In 2014, Humania Assurance partnered with the City of Saint-Hyacinthe to support its cultural centre, which brings a variety of regional social and cultural organizations together under one roof. Our commitment is to invest $300,000 over a 15-year period and we are proud that this infrastructure is named Centre culturel Humania Assurance.
In February 2019, a devastating accidental fire broke out in downtown Saint-Hyacinthe. Very fortunately, not a single injury was reported. But the heritage building was completely destroyed, and the 64 tenants who lived there were left homeless. Reaching out to assist with the disaster relief effort, Humania Assurance donated $10,000 to help the victims. It was Humania’s way of supporting the families affected by the loss to get back to a normal life as quickly as possible.
For sustainable development
In addition to a financial contribution from the company, Humania’s President and CEO, Stéphane Rochon, sits on the Board of Directors of the Société de coopération pour le développement international (SOCODEVI), which since 1985 has supported sustainable development in the developing countries by empowering local populations to take charge of their own projects. SOCODEVI, a network of Canadian cooperatives and mutual companies, shares its technical expertise and knowledge with its partners in these countries.
For autistic adults
The Véro & Louis Foundation, created in 2016, supports the cause of providing permanent housing to autistic adults. Its mission is to create living environments adapted to the needs of adults aged 21 and over with autism spectrum disorders, where they can flourish throughout their lives.
Stéphane Rochon serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is very involved in the Strategic Committee and in the campaign to raise more than $16 million to develop a new living concept and five homes across Québec.
For the education community
For 20 years, Humania has supported the “Semaine de la promotion du comportement professionel” (promoting professional conduct week) held by Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe for students in its various programs. The company also contributes to the Fondation du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe’s fundraising campaign, which provides financial aid to students. Humania has supported the professional behaviour week held by Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe for students in various programs. The company also contributes to the Fondation du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe’s, which provides financial aid to students.
As part of the “Techniques de services financiers et d’assurances” (financial services and insurance technology) program at Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, we were pleased to welcome some 20 first-year students to our head office. The goals of this initiative were to introduce Humania and explain the roles of the insurance industry. We believe in the importance of raising awareness of the industry in our region, and in attracting a new talent to the profession. The visit closed with a tour of our premises. The students really appreciated the experience and were surprised by the professional implications of operating an insurance company like ours. All in all, a formative and fascinating experience that will most likely be repeated next year.
For children’s well-being
New this year! Tremblant’s 24h.
In December 2019, some twenty employees strapped on their boots, skis and snowboards to represent the Company at this sporting challenge. Thanks to their dedication, more than $25,000 was donated to the Fondation 24h Tremblant for distribution to organizations that support children struggling with serious illness, including the Fondation Charles-Bruno, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Fondation Tremblant.
This rewarding experience also enabled employees to forge bonds with their peers. Everyone will remember a weekend highlighted by the gift of giving of oneself, compassion and fun.