Well on the Web is an extension of the programs available in the Wellspring Centres across the country, enabling those who live far from a physical centres, or those not well enough to leave their homes, with access to Wellspring’s special brand of care and support.
Meridian exists to help lives grow and one of the best ways we help lives grow is through our Commitment to Communities and the best way to enable this is through the power of local decision making. Our employees and branches are empowered to make decisions, both in terms of helping our Members and choosing the sponsorships to partner with organizations in our communities that makes Niagara a better place. We have a strong legacy of working with organizations and individuals who are making a meaningful difference and we have a long standing partnership with Wellspring Niagara who share our common values and aspirations to build prosperity and resiliency to support people and in turn strengthens our community. You don’t have to look very far to experience someone impacted by cancer. The support and programs Wellspring Niagara delivers supports our Employees, our Members and all the Communities Meridian serves across Niagara.
Our employee culture is one that encourages and supports donating time to what is important to employees and this, in turn, develops skills and confidence and contributes to employee well being. Meridian has many enthusiasts of Wellspring Niagara who donate their time and/or their donation dollars to fund the important programs that help those in our community through difficult times. “One of our fondest memories of our partnership was in 2019 when our Fonthill branch organized a one day “Baseball for Wellspring” fundraiser which was a huge success”, says Brian Berton, Branch Manager of the Fonthill branch. This tournament brought employees and their families across Niagara together and while building internal relationships through play, we also were able to fundraise over $11,000 and with Meridian’s employee donating power, this grew to $23,000. The pandemic in 2020 did not enable us to repeat the event but as we continue to navigate through COVID 19, we are proud to put power into the March across Niagara in celebration of 20 years.
Meridian looks with pride on the successful project Wellspring Niagara completed, moving from a small 2,000 square foot plaza into “The Home Niagara Built” and Deborah Vanhell, Small Business Advisor in Niagara shares, “what a joy it was to be part of the Board of Directors and be part of the Wellspring team. We spent countless hours hovering over plans, double checking needs and ensuring all nuances for serving Members were considered. While my time on the board finished, I remain connected and I am proud to work for Meridian where I’m empowered to make a difference and encouraged to volunteer. I am able to turn my volunteer hours into donation dollars and give to charities of choice. This volunteer time and dollar for dollar employee matching program has resulted in Meridian matching over $2,500 of my employee fundraising efforts to donate to Wellspring Niagara”.2021 is a very important Wellspring Niagara anniversary of our support and partnership and, there will be many Meridian staff and family participating in this new and pandemic friendly event and we will proudly boast our support of delivering #MeridianStrong