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  • 6045_BridgestoBelonging_Logo_FINAL The discussion at our board of directors meeting was simple: we respect our employees, honour their contributions, want to ensure they have what they need for a decent life for their families, and want them to stay for the long-term. Committing to being a Living Wage Champion is a step in that direction.

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  • kwmc_logo The KW-Multicultural Centre is committed to fostering equitable work environments for new Canadians. We practice our values by ensuring that the diversity of our clientele is reflected in the diversity of our staff and volunteers. One of our mandates is to help new Canadians find meaningful, fair-paying employment commensurate with the skills they have brought from home. This work starts with our own employees, ensuring they have the workplace benefits and wages to continue doing good work.

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  • New Langs Logo Being a Living Wage Employer is important to Langs as we strive to grow healthier communities by addressing the social determinants of health. Paying the living wage recognized the important work our employees do in the community.  - Bill Davidson

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  • Vigor Clean Tech"Society benefits when gainfully employed, working hard and contributing to society is paid enough to support themselves." - Dale Brubacher-Cressman

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  • LEIS pet logo“Leis Pet Distributing Inc. believes that our companies’ most important resource is our employees. Treating our employees and their families with dignity, respect and fair compensation for their skills, energy and commitment to excellence, is in our DNA and is naturally the right thing to do. We are committed to making Waterloo Region a better place to live and are proud to be a living wage employer.” - Gary Leis

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  • CommunityCarShare-Logo_Horizontal [Converted]“Paying a living wage is the right thing to do, but also helps us attract and retain great employees. Providing additional benefits like health benefits and a bus pass has also shown to be a great decision for the co-op." - Matthew Piggott    

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  • HFHWR_25_VF 2014“The mission of HabitatWR is to break the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership. Our mission practices and supports sustainability. It is consistent with our values to ensure that our affiliate is a living wage organization. This is the right thing to do." - Karen Redman, Executive Director

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  • SHORE “Paying a living wage is simply the right thing to do. Our staff is so dedicated to their work and they make a difference every day.They deserve respect and one way we can do this is by paying a living wage." - Lyndsey Butcher, Executive Director

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  • 2013-MSM-LOGO-CMYK"Our business philosophy is 'Putting People First'. Paying a living wage has been a part of our business. We feel it is good for the community."

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  • Cambridge-vertical-C_WEB"Paying a living wage to all City of Cambridge employees reflects our commitment to our corporate values of integrity, respect, inclusiveness and service and our vision for Cambridge which is "A place for people to prosper - alive with opportunity." - Mayor Doug Craig

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  • Zero Logo RGB"Zero Environmental is focused on delivering to a higher standard in everything we do. Becoming a living wage employer was a natural fit as we already share many of the same principles and believe that equipping our employees for success will carry through to the service we provide our clients." - Randy Balzer

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  • Copy of K-Waterloo_TP_Print_C"For more than 110 years, the relief of poverty has been the primary charitable purpose of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo. We provide programs and services to support women, youth and children who live on the streets and in homeless shelters. And we help those who are housed but struggle with inadequate income to maintain their housing and to make ends meet. We see poverty every day and we see what it does to the people it affects and to our society. One of the ways that we can fight poverty in our community is to ensure that our own employees are paid a living wage, and to encourage other businesses - charitable and for-profit - to do the same. And that's why YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo is a living wage employer." - Elizabeth Clarke, Executive Director

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  • United Way KW"United Way KW supports this important initiative because we know that providing a living wage is essential to help move people from poverty to possibility. Participating in the Living Wage Employer Recognition Program demonstrates our commitment to our employees and to poverty reduction." - Jan Varner, CEO

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  • KindredCU_Logo_with_tagline "Paying a living wage aligns with our values at Kindred Credit Union. We believe our members would expect nothing less of us in caring for our staff members. We are excited to be a leading example in our community through this tangible expression of social justice." - Brent Zorgdrager, Chief Executive Officer

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  • house of friendship logo" For House of Friendship, signing on to Living Wage Waterloo Region is part of 'walking the talk'. We're committed to a vision where 'all can belong and thrive'. This means having a living Wage. We're also committed to being an Outstanding Employer, which means leading by example to ensure HOF staff can also belong and thrive. We can think of no better way of honouring our vision and staff in HOF's 75th year of service than supporting a living wage in Waterloo Region." - John Neufeld, Executive Director

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  • SocialDevelopmentCentre_Logo_2Colour resized (375x263) (375x263) (300x210)" We have worked to increase staff wages since before we did our first living wage market basket calculation in 2007. We believe it is important to value the skills and experience of our employees and, imperative that we do all we can to ensure our employees are not living in poverty." - Trudy Beaulne, Executive Director

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  • Brick&CoLogo"We want our employees to feel that working at Brick & Co. Restorations can be considered a career, as opposed to just a job until something better comes along. " - Don Zehr, General Manager/Partner  

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  • MCC logo_3135"MCCO is committed to being a living wage employer. As an organization working to reduce poverty, foster sustainable livelihoods and promote justice we are committed to compensating our staff in a fair and equitable manner." - Rick Cober Bauman, Executive Director  

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  • WorkforcePlanning“Even though we’re a small not for profit organizations, I have always taken the current living wage rates into consideration when hiring for entry level positions to ensure that people can afford to live on what I can afford to pay. ” – Carol Simpson, Executive Director

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  • whiting design circle - cmyk - final“In professional consulting, and architecture in particular there has long been an unspoken system of underpaid or unpaid internships.  This has the effect of creating a false economy for our profession, which undermines perception of the value of our work to customers and often results in a race to the bottom on fees.  In providing a better than living wage to all employees we are taking a stand in establishing fair value for work for people entering the industry and our customers.”

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  • TamarackLogoPNGHighRes“Paying a Living Wage is not an option for us. Sometimes mission driven organizations feel justified  ‎paying low wages. Doing what is right is right all the time.  For us paying a living wage is only the beginning.”  – Paul Born, President        

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  • Logo and Name“As an agency that addresses poverty, affordable housing and homelessness in our community, it is important to us that we are champions in the movement to pay workers a living wage. It can be challenging for non-profits to meet the $16/hour benchmark, but is important that all workers – regardless of their area or sector of work – can afford their basic needs and live with dignity.” – Linda Terry, Executive Director  

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  • KWCF LOGO CLEAN - COLOUR“The KWCF builds community. We invest in the people and organizations that do good work, and provide opportunities through our leadership programs to individuals who want to step up and take responsibility for the change they want to see happen in our community.  We are committed to making Waterloo Region a better place to live, work, and raise a family, and we see supporting the living wage program as one way to make this a reality.” – Rosemary Smith, CEO    

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  • Grosche improvements“We are proud to be a Champion and supporter of the Living Wage Movement across Canada. While global markets and economies go from peak to peak, many forget that the real purpose of business is not to concentrate wealth amongst the few but to build well functioning societies that allow people to work and better their condition. One of our core beliefs and values as a company is that work should lift a person out of poverty, and not leave them there. Given so, it was only befitting that we joined this movement and committed to paying a living wage to every employee we have, to champion it with others, and to raise awareness to the issue of needing a Living Wage for all.” – Mehreen Sait, President

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  • GCP Logo“GCP Industrial Products believes our true worth will be determined by how much more we provide in value than take in payment. Our involvement as a Living Wage Employer is a smallstep to ensure all our employees are fairly compensated for their work with GCP. We believe in long-term mutually beneficial relationships as the foundation for sustained success and we believe providing a living wage positions our employees, their families and community the opportunity to benefit long-term.“  – Leadership Team  

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  • Copy of EnviroStewards“Enviro-Stewards is an engineering company designed to Benefit our Customers, Society and the Environment. Paying our staff, interns, and suppliers more than a living wage ‎is consistent with our founding principles and our Certification as a B corporation.” – Bruce Taylor, President      

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  • CNDCF_Logo “Our Community Foundation is proud to be a member of Living Wage Waterloo Region and to invest in the well-being of our staff and community. This initiative connects to the essence of what community foundations are all about; working together to build strong communities now and forever. It is with that in mind that your Community Foundation works each day to connect people to each other and to organizations and programs that make great things happen in Cambridge and North Dumfries. Identifying needs, funding a wide range of programs and helping donors make lasting contributions.” – Lisa Short Executive Director  

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