It's official. MississaugaGives is back for a second year.


Last Monday, October 3, we kicked off Mississauga’s involvement in the GivingTuesday Canada movement at Biermarkt Square One!


We had invited the community to join us in launching this year’s initiative, talk about giving,  network with community organizations, schools, and businesses, hopefully make a connection, and start thinking about what to do for GivingTuesday on November 29 this year.


Honestly, it was amazing to see so many individuals, community organizations, schools, and businesses come out that evening. I got to live tweet the event (@saugagives) from 7-9pm, and I can tell you some highlights:


  • Biermarkt Square One’s apps were on point and their servers were so accommodating and kind.

  • We had about a 70-80 person turnout.

  • Our MC, Randy Persaud (@randycity), was pumped the entire night and kept the crowd laughing and engaged with his enthusiasm and passion for the initiative.

  • My favourite swag item quickly became the button. I’ve been wearing our #saugagives button everywhere after this event. You need one.

  • Our co-chairs Gabby Chung (@gabbychung) and Nicole Danesi (@nicole_danesi) briefed the crowd about how GivingTuesday began four years ago and expanded to civic movements across Canada. They told us some stats from last year’s campaign in Mississauga and how individuals, community organizations, businesses, and schools can get involved.

  • Representatives from CRH Canada, TD Canada, Studio 89, Mississauga’s Youth Advisory Committee, Connect4Life, The Dam, and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, just to name a few, came out to see how they can get involved.

  • Andrew Ostos from TD (@andrewostos_td) took a group selfie with everyone at the event.

  • Tables were set up for individuals, community organizations, businesses, and schools to talk to MississaugaGives representatives and each other to see how they can get involved.

  • There was an area for everyone to write or draw how they’ll be giving back to the community to celebrate GivingTuesday. Some of the blurbs included “planting trees,” “donating clothing,” and “volunteering with” various organizations.

  • Almost everyone took an #unselfie after filling in the blank on the “For #GivingTuesdayCA I am…” template.

  • The team got to take a photo together at the end!

  • Everyone who came seemed buzzing with ideas by the time they left.


Overall, our launch party was a success! Seeing Mississaugans connect and think about what they’ll do to celebrate GivingTuesday was a huge part of the event, and for those that I spoke to, the event did just that.


There are about 6 weeks left until #SaugaGives for #GivingTuesdayCA - what will you do to celebrate?


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