A Note From The eCause Founder
eCause Canada has been a natural evolution of my work and experiences. My name is Joyce Shanks and I am the founder and president of eCause Canada Inc. I am a wife, a mom, a holistic health care practitioner, and a long time tree hugger. My background in tourism and event planning, fundraising, volunteering, and in owning my own businesses have all contributed to establishment of this company.
Our personal well being is directly connected to the well being of our planet. I lived in Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies for 9 years and saw first hand our interconnection with our eco-systems. It is our responsibility to contribute, support and improve the health of our oceans, air, plant life, and wildlife. The future depends on our actions today. This concept is what governs us everyday at eCause.
The idea of Green Fundraising came to me on August 24th, 2008 while participating in Montreal's Weekend to End Breast Cancer, the program where I had raised single handedly more that $20,000. At work in my clinic I had been selling top quality stainless steel bottles by Klean Kanteen™ to help my clients stay hydrated, while at the same time reducing their exposure to harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals found in plastic. This small change was benefitting their own health and the environment!
Plastics and chemicals found in plastics and their production have been linked directly to breast cancer and affect our homore systems. The reduction of our dependancy on plastic could lead to less breast cancer, and less environmental toxic burden.
I personally have been fundraising for more than 30 years. We are the ONLY fundraising company to have worked with the entire province of the Quebec Council of Girl Guides of Canada in their campaign to install a new well at Camp Wa-Thik-Ane. In my late teens I got involved and eventually became co-president of The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of Montreal's chapter of Young Adults. In the years since then I have supported various causes, organizations and national fundraising campaigns. Raising money can be challenging, but it is also extremely empowering because so much good comes from people working together towards one goal.
Fundraising is perpetual, especially when you have kids in school or activities. Gym equipment, field trips, and special events all need funding. We can't ever forget medical research, charities, Girl Guide and Scout Groups, sports teams, religious organizations and choir groups. Traditional fundraisers like chocolate bar sales don't match our core values. See our blog Chocolate Bar Fundraiaing, Been There, Done That Had to Buy a Bigger Shirt. Fundraising needs to harmonize with our needs. Alternate fundraisers often fall short for selling unwanted items at inflated prices. Margins getting returned to the organization are often small with these alternate programs. eCause resolves all of these issues. We provide products that are practical AND top quality at the same prices or better than what you would pay in the stores. We know we can help you to exceed your fundraising goals.
Wishing you good health and happiness, and the time to enjoy them, warm regards