Supporting our Communities: Medavie Commits $750K to the Atlantic Compassion Fund

Moncton, NB – Medavie, through its Foundation, is providing $750,000 to the Atlantic Compassion Fund to support the immediate and emerging needs of Atlantic Canadians in improving access to food and mental health services.

“United Ways are well connected to the communities they serve, allowing them to identify critical needs and fill any gaps, while providing a nimble, coordinated approach in meeting those needs,” said Bernard Lord, CEO of Medavie. “As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, making a meaningful difference in our communities is more important than ever and is at the heart of our Foundation and our mission to improve the wellbeing of Canadians. In partnership with these organizations, we are supporting our communities better, together.”

“Many people were already facing a crisis before the pandemic began, and challenges like food insecurity, isolation and housing instability have only become more difficult,” said Sara Napier, President & CEO of United Way Halifax. “Medavie’s contribution to the Atlantic Compassion Fund will allow United Ways to continue to meet the unique needs of their communities across Atlantic Canada, ensuring that vulnerable community members are not left behind.”

To date, the Atlantic Compassion Fund has provided more than $1 million of support to 264 organizations on the ground in local communities across the region, meeting immediate needs every single day. “Whether it’s delivering groceries to a family, helping a shelter meet physical distancing requirements, or taking phone calls from youth who are scared and isolated, gifts like this one from Medavie will make sure the help keeps coming,” added Ms. Napier.

This contribution is part of Medavie’s $5M COVID-19 Response Fund, which will help communities address their immediate needs. The Fund will also assist with much-need recovery efforts as organizations manage through this pandemic and find new and innovative way to provide essential services.

Through its Foundation, Medavie supports community-based programs aligned with adolescent mental health and post-traumatic stress, and initiatives that support active living and healthy eating.


About Medavie
Medavie is a national health solutions partner that integrates benefits management, health management and health care delivery. Together, with our more than 6,400 employees, we are committed to providing innovative solutions that improve the wellbeing of Canadians.

As a not-for-profit organization, Medavie oversees Medavie Blue Cross, a premier all-in-one benefits carrier and public health program administrator, and Medavie Health Services, a national primary health care solutions organization and the largest private provider of EMS management services in Canada.

We are proud to commit an annual social dividend to the Medavie Health Foundation to support programs and initiatives aimed at addressing some of our country’s most pressing physical and mental health care challenges.

About the Atlantic Compassion Fund
The Atlantic Compassion Fund was launched on March 17 for the purpose of Atlantic Canadians in need of safe shelter, food, connection or mental health care to make it through this crisis. Donations made to the Fund are providing critical support to agencies across Atlantic Canada and making it possible for them to respond to the immediate and emerging needs of their local communities. The fund will also support re-building initiatives help Atlantic Canadians come back together again when the time is right. The fund was co-created with 11 United Ways across the region, in partnership with Atlantic Business Interiors. Donations can be made online or by contacting your local United Way.

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