Dress for Success Toronto

Dress for Success Toronto

June 26, 2012 17:39 ET

Dress for Success Toronto Announces Results of 2012 Bay Street Suit Challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2012) - Dress for Success Toronto is extremely pleased to announce the results of its 2012 signature Bay Street Suit Challenge ("BSSC" or the "Challenge").

The Bay Street Challenge, which kicked off on Monday, May 14th and ran through Friday, June 1st, called upon Greater Toronto Area ("GTA") professionals to collect and donate new or nearly new professional clothing and accessories. The result was over 9,000 garment and accessory donations and almost $40,000 raised to support Dress for Success Toronto programming.

Congratulations to the 2012 Bay Street Suit Challenge Award winners, who have demonstrated a superior level of commitment to cleaning out their closets and providing business appropriate attire to under privileged Canadians, a vital first-step in a journey toward self-sufficiency.

Winners and participants were recognized at a cocktail reception held at KPMG's Toronto office on June 25.

Categories(1) and winners appear below:

  • Small Business Category (less than 500 employees) - Telus
  • Medium Business Category - (501 to 1,000 employees) - McCarthy Tetrault
  • Large Business Category - (greater than 1,000 employees) - Manulife Financial & TD Securities

Dress for Success Toronto was able to attract some wonderful sponsors for The Bay Street Suit Challenge this year and we appreciate the immense amount of time and support they have donated for the 2012 event.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our generous sponsors for helping to make our 2012 Bay Street Suit Challenge not only possible, but a great success!

Title Sponsor - KPMG

Silk Suit Sponsor - Manulife Financial

Wool Suit Sponsor - Gowlings

Cotton Suit Sponsors - CIBC, Desjardins Capital Markets, Miller Thomson and TD Securities.

Accessories Sponsors - Blackrock, BMO Capital Markets, BMO Personal and Commercial Risk, Heenan Blaikie, Knightsbridge, The Logit Group, The Mason Group, McCarthy Tetrault, Michael Page International, Telus, Torys, Vlaad and Company, ZSA and ZSA-X.

"Thank you to all sponsors for your participation as a Dress for Success Toronto Partner and helping to connect under privileged Canadians to better lives. Your support will help us to inspire and affect change by promoting economic independence through clothing, confidence and career development," said Sheila Debly-Magnus, Executive Director of Dress for Success Toronto. "The funding we received through the Bay Street Suit Challenge will provide 200 women with all of our services including professional dressing services, career development support through mock interviews and our career development workshops, participation in our Professional Women's Group and mentorship programs."

(1) Based on number of employees in participating offices

About Dress for Success Toronto

The mission of Dress for Success Toronto is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success Toronto provides each woman with interview appropriate suits when she has a job interview. Through our Career Centre we offer career guidance, mock interviews and support in their job searches. When she successfully lands the job, she returns to Dress for Success Toronto for additional business-appropriate clothing that will help her build a professional wardrobe. She also receives an invitation to join the Professional Women's Group, our employment retention program, which provides a partnership of ongoing support and practical information, from understanding corporate culture to handling personal finances. Dress for Success Toronto serves job-ready women by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations.

Our programs help women transition towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community.

Each woman is a success story: She has gone from unemployment to economic independence.

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