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Updated Mar 24, 2023
Sharing is caring, and here at EPC, we care about our community and nation. Some of our employees have a background in Guiding, have kids in Guides or Scouts, or worked as Girl Guide or Scout leaders. There we donated our time and effort to help youth discover themselves and the world around them. Now we give back to the community in the way EPC knows best, and that is through patches! Below is a list of the fundraisers, relief efforts, and donations we have supported through the years.
Every year, we create a new rocker just in time for Operation Christmas Child. That way everyone can purchase a crest as a reward for filling a shoebox with toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and more to send a child a box of happiness.
We sell the Operation Christmas Child crest and rockers to help encourage others to participate. This crest is sold at cost to cover production and shipping. Any additional proceeds are donated to Samaritan's Purse of Canada. We strongly recommend that this crest is not bought and resold for profit.
We are so dedicated to this cause that the Fun Patch Team fills shoeboxes during staff activities and get-togethers.
In February of 2020, the coronavirus arrived in Canada and preceded to change the lives of everyone it came near.
Now more than ever, we need to raise awareness about how important it is to stop the spread. One of the easiest ways to do that is by washing your hands. Wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry! Sing a song, or set a timer, and scrub for at least 20 seconds. As a helpful reminder to wash frequently, add our Let's Stop the Spread 2020 patch to your collection!
On April 18 and 19, a shooter in Nova Scotia set fire to 16 locations, killed 22 people, and injured 3 others. In our newsletter, we took a moment to speak out about the devastating events that happened. "Our hearts are with the families and friends of the victims and everyone affected by this tragedy. It is hard enough in these challenging times without the addition of senseless loss of life and more heartache."
Although we are half a country away, we felt like we had to do something to help, so we created the #Nova Scotia Strong crest. The Red Cross and the Province of Nova Scotia have created the Stronger Together Fund to provide support to the individuals, families and communities affected by the tragedy of April 18 and 19
In 2019, we created this crest to honour Orange Shirt Day, now National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which occurs each year on September 30th.
We believe that Every Child Matters, and it is our hope that with this crest, we will help spread further awareness of the suffering Indigenous children experienced.
As of September 30, 2021, we have donated $400 to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.
On April 6, 2018, a bus carrying the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Humboldt Broncos and staff members collided with a semi-trailer. Sixteen people died, and another 13 were injured.
This tragic event has reminded everyone how precarious bus trips can be, but it did something else: it brought the world together. And now it is our turn. People in 65 countries have united to share a word of condolence or donate to help the affected families.
In May 2016, a wildfire tore through Fort McMurray. It was one of the worst wildfires in Alberta's history, with nearly 90,000 residents evacuated with little notice. Over 15% of the city burned, costing $9.9 billion. Amazingly, there were only two fatalities, and these were caused by a traffic accident. It took until August of 2017 for the fires to be completely extinguished, but by then Fort McMurray was on its way to rebuilding better than it was before.
Additionally, we donated $1,000 to the Fort McMurray Girl Guides so that they could purchase camping gear to replace what they lost in the fire.
Days before June 19, 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall that triggered catastrophic flooding. A total of 32 states of local emergency were declared as water levels rose and numerous communities were placed under evacuation orders. EPC rushed to help, creating the Alberta Flood Assistance 2013 patch.
All proceeds of the sale of this crest were given to the Alberta Council to disburse to the affected Alberta Guiding communities, and, of course, we donated a bunch of crests too!
During the June flooding, news articles arose with stories of Girl Guide units that had lost all their equipment and supplies in the “worst flood in Alberta history.” EPC jumped to help our fellow Guiders by creating the I Survived the Flood of 2013 crest.
All proceeds of the sale of these crests were given to the Alberta Council to disburse to the affected Alberta Guiding communities, and, of course, we donated a bunch of patches too!
As a third-generation Scouter, Pauline is a writer passionate about giving back to the Guiding and Scouting programs. She grew up making beaver buggies with the boys, selling popcorn as a Cub and practicing outdoor skills with the Scouts. Instead of moving on to Ventures, she became an assistant leader for Cubs, also known as a Kim. Pauline is proud to pass on her Scouting knowledge to an international audience.