During the past few months, employees at Denso Manufacturing Canada in Guelph, ON participated in quality and safety initiatives to earn four parts of a child’s bicycle. Then, teams assembled the bikes – under the supervision of a qualified mechanic –so they can be donated to the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition.
“The Denso spirit is all about collaboration, challenge and teamwork so it was natural – and fun – to rethink the quality challenge to benefit the community at this time of year,” said Rich vanOorschot, president Denso Manufacturing Canada. “We’re growing in Guelph and so is our community engagement.”
Brendan Johnson, executive director of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, received the bikes and will lead the distribution to selected families across the city. He said “Bicycles mean freedom, adventure and fun but not everyone in our community has a bike – especially a new one. This is such a wonderful, welcome and powerful surprise!”
A former bike shop employee himself, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie was also on hand for the Denso event. These are just the types of partnerships he likes to see. “Hats off to Denso employees for using their skills to build brand-new bikes, then donating them to children just in time for the holiday season,” he said. “This is a terrific example of giving back to our community. Thank you Denso!”