Jane believes volunteerism builds spaces we live, work & play in


Meridian Credit Union is a phenomenal place to work for those who share a passion for volunteerism and commitment to community.

Case in point: Meridian encourages employees to take three ‘Wellness Days’ per year to be used for volunteering, and also allows staff to apply for monetary matching for non-profit organizations and registered charities. That is, a staff member who volunteers twenty hours for a particular non-profit earns the organization a donation of $250 from Meridian, while volunteering forty hours for a non-profit earns it a donation of $500 from the credit union. I’m proud to have awarded local organizations donations of $500 in each of the past two years!

I take full advantage of Meridian’s employer-supported volunteerism initiatives in a variety of ways – including volunteering with Royal City Musical Productions (where I serve on the Board and help direct shows) and with Guelph Saultos Gymnastics (where I’m also a Board Member).

You can find me volunteering with The Children’s Foundation’s Trees for Tots initiative collecting trees, and at Ribfest selling pop in the ‘pop tent.’ I love spending time selling 50/50 tickets at Guelph Storm games to raise money for various community initiatives, working backstage as the Backstage Coordinator for Anna Marie Oliver School of Dance, volunteering at Hillside Festival and serving at my local church. And I’ll be volunteering for the Special Olympics Provincial Games coming to Guelph in May 2016.

For me, volunteerism is about giving back to my community with time and talents in order to help build the space in which we live, work, and play into a better place for all of us.

– Jane Martin, Meridian Credit Union

Photo and story courtesy of Chris Tiessen

Posted on May 20, 2016