In 2019, the Nieuport team participated in a variety of community initiatives and continued to grow partnerships with local non-profit organizations that support the needs of those living and working in the vicinity of the airport. Our investments, donations and volunteer work supported the homeless, at-risk youth, and Canadian Veterans to name just a few. The following report provides a summary of those community programs that took place in 2019. We are eager to build on the successes of 2019 and strive to continue maintaining our position as a strong community partner and good neighbor to the Toronto Waterfront Community in 2020 and beyond.
Clean Toronto Together Spring Cleanup
In April, members of the Nieuport team took part in a spring cleanup event organized by PortsToronto’s Sustainability Committee. The group spent the afternoon cleaning Little Norway Park (located just north of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport) removing bags of litter, rubbish and debris. They were part of a community of over 300 other businesses and industry groups that took part in the “Clean Toronto Together” initiative to clean up the City’s parks, beaches, ravines, laneways and other public spaces as part of its annual spring-cleaning program.
Doors Open Toronto
In May, Nieuport took part in the 20th annual Doors Open Toronto event that puts a spotlight on buildings, natural spaces, infrastructures and cultural landscapes that shape and define our various GTA communities.
On Saturday, May 25, Nieuport greeted members of the public at their booth with demonstrations, family-friendly activities and interactive displays. For this event, Nieuport was also joined by students from the Ontario Tech University to promote youth and technology by bringing Zenbo robots into the terminal for passengers and visitors to interact with. In addition to opening its terminal to the public, Nieuport showcased their shuttle buses, which transport passengers to and from Union station free of charge throughout the year.
The Doors Open Ontario program has a large impact on local communities, with participants spending more than $13.1 million during their visits across the province in 2017.
Support Our Troops Campaign
In 2019, Nieuport became a member of The Airway of Heroes through the Art Easel Program; an initiative to support Canadian Troops through the sale of art pieces in airports across Canada.
The Art Easel program allows passengers travelling through the airport to bid on Canadian works of art prominently displayed throughout the airport. Within our terminal, these can be found in the front atrium and within each departure lounge. All funds raised from the sale of artwork go directly to Support our Troops, an official charitable cause of the Canadian Armed Forces. Since its implementation at Toronto City Airport, over $9013.60 has been raised for the cause.
BroadReach Foundation for Youth Leaders
A close neighbor of the airport, the BroadReach Foundation for Youth Leaders is a charitable organization that strives to provide at-risk youth with the opportunity to learn leadership skills through the art of sailing along Lake Ontario’s waterfront.
In 2018, Nieuport Aviation became an official sponsor of their Summer Afloat program which gave youth aged 13-25 the opportunity they would not otherwise had to learn skills of confidence, teamwork, responsibility and positive work ethic through sailing. In 2019, Nieuport continued supporting Broad Reach with a $10,000 donation and took part in a day of sailing on Lake Ontario with members of the BroadReach team.
Future Leadership for Youth (FLY) Program
In 2019, Nieuport implemented the Future Leadership for Youth (FLY) Program as part of its community outreach and engagement mandate. The FLY Program aims to attract young talent to work within the airport sector, and provides education along with networking opportunities for youth in the career field of aviation. The program promotes the passenger terminal as a key customer-facing infrastructure asset vital to Toronto’s tourism industry that offers a range of interesting, challenging and fulfilling career opportunities.
Nieuport launched the FLY Program in August 2019 with an education day event in partnership with youth from BroadReach. Future events planned for the program include Post-Secondary School partnerships, tours and keynote speeches, along with a Nieuport sponsored scholarship, student networking round table/panel events and a Student Co-op Program. Subsequent events will produce benchmarks and tangible results for the FLY Program in its next year, establishing a foundation that will help it grow continuously in its consecutive years of operation.
Daily Bread Food Bank Donation and Volunteer Day
In September, the Nieuport teamed up with its institutional investors JP Morgan, and volunteered their time by taking part in a company sponsored volunteer day at the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto. The team worked to sort and pack over 9000lb of non-perishable food donations that helped feed hundreds of families and individuals across the GTAA. Nieuport Aviation also provided Daily Bread with a $5,000 donation in support of their ongoing efforts to eliminate food insecurity and advocate solutions to end poverty. In addition to supporting Daily Bread, Nieuport Aviation has supported other organizations with food donations including Sistering and Fred Victor throughout 2019.
2019 ALS Plane Pull
On September 21, 2019, Nieuport Aviation teamed up with corporate partners SSP Canada, The Hudson Group, ASP and Bee-Clean by entering a team of 12 dedicated employees into the 2019 ALS Plane Pull event. “The Terminalators” pulled a 37,000-pound plane for 100 metres in order to help raise money and increase awareness for the fight against ALS, finishing with a final pull time of 1 minute 12 seconds.
The ALS Society of Canada provides individuals suffering from or affected by ALS with the resources they need to help make day-to-day life with ALS less overwhelming and more manageable. With Nieuport’s sponsorship, the ALS Society of Canada continues to provide support and services for families living with ALS, fund high quality research that offers the most promise to slow down the progression of ALS, and advocate for policy that will have a meaningful impact on people living with ALS today and in the future.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
For the month of October, Nieuport teamed up with Porter Airlines in support of the FlyPink initiative at the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Branded table toppers were printed and distributed within the passenger terminal departure lounge to let passengers know about the FlyPink initiative, in which Porter Pilots and Cabin Crew wore customized pink epaulets and pins to help raise breast cancer awareness. The toppers also displayed a link for individuals to donate via the FlyPink initiative at www.cancer.ca. The FlyPink initiative raised $3,942.
Remembrance Day Campaign
In November, Nieuport continued their annual tradition of partnering with the Royal Canadian Legion in support of the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund. Nieuport distributed poppy boxes within the passenger terminal departure lounge, to raise donations in support of veterans and their families during the month of Remembrance Day.
Winter Food & Clothing Drive
To wrap up 2019, Nieuport hosted their annual a food and clothing drive. Nieuport received overwhelming support from employees and stakeholders, who donated enough to fill both collection bins with clothing and non-perishable food items.
With the help of Project Comfort, 5 large bags of warm clothing were donated to the St. Felix Centre along with funds to support a breakfast for the homeless on Christmas Day. Nieuport also collected 250lb of non-perishable food which was donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto.
Sick Kids Partnership
Since 2015, SickKids and Nieuport Aviation have partnered together to raise funds in the Nieuport Passenger Terminal in support of the SickKids Foundation. Throughout 2019, Nieuport continued this partnership which has raised over $4M in donations and acquired 5,000 monthly donors over the past five years. This unique relationship has given SickKids the opportunity to reach a new audience and to share our vision of building a new SickKids. Thousands of patients come to SickKids each year from across Canada, the U.S. and around the world to receive the best care possible. With the support of Nieuport’s passenger donors, SickKids will continue to fund the fight for childhood.