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  • Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Desire2Learn ACTION Committee Provides Helping Hand Year-Round

Press Release

Desire2Learn employee-driven initiatives provide time and monies to pressing needs in the community

The Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) Active Care Team In Our Neighbourhood (ACTION) has given a little help to some friends – hundreds of individuals – in the immediate neighbourhood of Waterloo Region as well as in the global community.

The Desire2Learn ACTION committee, now in its fifth year of operations, strives to help Desire2Learn and its employees give back to the community. Opportunities are provided throughout the year for employee volunteerism as well as funding for charitable events and organizations.

Activities in 2009 included sponsorship of employees participating in events supporting Cystic Fibrosis, the Canadian Cancer Society and National Service Dogs – to name but a few. Additionally, the ACTION Committee has run a variety of initiatives throughout the year that have resulted in donations to various charities. Desire2Learn Incorporated has provided matching funds.

“Employees of Desire2Learn always give generously of their time, their energy and, of course, their donations,” says Heather Hennessey, ACTION Chair. “Everyone does so much to help out our local communities and the world at large. Participation levels for our events and activities are always high and that speaks to the spirit of Desire2Learn and its commitment to the global community.”

The areas of focus of the ACTION committee include:

  • Programs that enhance science, math and technology skills for students at any level of education;
  • Programs that enhance the well-being of families and children; and
  • Organizations that are of personal significance to Desire2Learn employees.

More than one dozen events and activities spanned the twelve months of 2009 with funds, food, clothing or time being donated to both local and more far reaching organizations, including: Junior Achievement, Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region’s ‘Adopt a Family Holiday Program,’ Food Bank of Waterloo Region, United Way, Cancer Relay for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Movember Foundation, National Service Dogs, Send ’em Off Smiling, as well as World Vision.

In addition, tours and discussion sessions were provided to business students from Cameron Heights High School and SHAD students from the University of Waterloo.

Tee-rrifix T-shirt Kit – Product of the Junior Achievement (JA) sponsored company, D.T. Experience.

“Desire2Learn employees show a tremendous dedication and commitment to the community at large not just during the holiday season but throughout the year,” states John Baker, President & CEO, Desire2Learn. “They really take to heart what it means to be active, engaged members of society giving generously to the organizations, initiatives and events of the communities in which they reside and work as well as the greater, worldwide, community.”

2010 activities are in the planning stage and will continue in supporting communities and organizations both locally and globally.

Members of the ACTION Committee include (L to R): Heather Hennessy (Chair), Sandi Baker, Cheryl Bauman and Jenny Hill. Unavailable for the photo are committee members David O’Hagan, Jay Murdoch, Paul McNamara and Stefan Regehr.

About Desire2Learn

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. For more information, visit:, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).

Press Contacts:

John McLeod
Vice-President, Marketing, D2L Ltd.
[email protected]
Twitter: @Desire2Learn