When the roughly 60 members of the RBC Next Generation Optimization Team decided to give back during social isolation, they made kindness their goal. They wanted to show appreciation for as many groups and individuals as possible, in ways both large and small, with the understanding that everyone has been affected by the pandemic. Reaching out to the elderly was a priority. The team provided friendly check-ins to prevent feelings of isolation, delivered groceries, and made masks and cookies for nurses working within these communities. To recognize the vital work of those on the front lines, the RBC team donated gift cards and food for essential workers, shared messages of support on gratitude websites and social media, and displayed posters with inspirational messages in windows at home. Charitable giving also featured in their work. The team contributed funding for a family funeral, helped an international student return home safely, and donated to multiple hospitals and charitable organizations, including Mackenzie Health Hospital, North York General Foundation, The Hong Kong Red Cross, Kids Help Phone, and Food Banks Canada COVID -19 Response. In just three days, the RBC Next Generation Optimization Team completed over 400 acts of kindness and appreciation. The team even included their own colleagues and internal business partners in the endeavour, sending 250 appreciation emails, thank you notes, and nominations. Amazing work everyone!
Date: August 4 2020
Submitted by: Anita T. T.