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Community and Member well-being

A holistic approach to well-being

Well-being is a measure of how satisfied you are with your life as a whole. It means feeling good about where you are, not just financially, but physically and mentally as well.

With Member well-being as our guiding principal, we have a role to play that goes beyond financial services. In cases where we can’t be experts, we’ll partner with supporting organizations to fulfill that role. By taking a holistic approach to well-being, we can build stronger, more resilient communities.

Managing stress and building resilience

Stress doesn’t differentiate by gender, ethnicity or geography. We can’t eliminate it, but as a partner, we can work with our communities to identify tools and services to help manage stress more effectively.

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For Meridian, this means partnering with organizations who are experts in their field; who offer broad-based support for our communities, locally, provincially, or nationally. It also means supporting organizations who help individuals move forward in their lives.

Financial


Financial resilience is about more than the money in your account. It encompasses how you feel about your finances and your future. It’s the confidence that comes from knowing you’re making good financial decisions for yourself and your family. You have a plan in place, you’re prepared for unexpected challenges, and you have the perspective to understand that you’re doing the best you can.

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Mental


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How often do we spend thinking about our mental health? Emotional and mental resilience is critical to our overall well-being. Our mindset plays a key role in our ability to cope with unexpected challenges and recover from adversity. Admitting that sometimes we need a little help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Physical


When we talk about physical well-being, there are many places our minds can go. We might consider building endurance for a 10K run or improving our diet to ward off illness. We might seek out the information and resources needed to take better care of ourselves and our families. Helping Members and communities become stronger and healthier is part of our commitment to putting their well-being first.

 

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Investing in our communities

Community sponsorships

Meridian financially supports more than 400 community organizations each year. These are organizations committed to making their communities better places to live and work – partners who take a holistic approach to well-being by focusing on personal finance, housing security, and physical and mental health.

More about sponsorships

Employee giving and volunteering

Our employees show their commitment to community by fundraising, donating, and volunteering for the causes they care about.

Donation matching

To encourage continuous giving, we match our employee contributions up to $1000, and provide up to $500 in volunteer rewards to all employees. These dollars are directed to over 400 community organizations across Ontario annually.

Skills-based volunteering

In partnership with Fintech Cadence, Meridian employees provide skills-based mentorship and support to up-and-coming fintechs; startups dedicated to improving the financial health of Canadians. Learn more about Fintech Cadence.

Developed by CMHC and Volunteer Canada, Meridian is partnering in a pilot that will connect affordable housing organizations with the skills and guidance of volunteers from the business community. Launching in Fall 2021, affordable housing organizations will benefit from expert insights to support their goals, while Meridian employees benefit from new perspectives on affordable housing as a foundation for thriving communities.

Additional reading


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How does resilience affect your life?

Mahir Hamid, 2020 Sean Jackson Scholarship winner

The Sean Jackson Scholarship

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Mindfulness and money