Walker Recognized for its Philanthropy

People around the world celebrate National Philanthropy Day and on November 16, 2017, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Golden Horseshoe chapter, hosted an awards gala to recognize those who are active in the philanthropic community.

Accepting the award for Outstanding Corporation
Left to right: Dave Walker, Sheila (Walker) Bonapace, Norris Walker, Robert Bonapace and Michael LeBlanc, CEO of First Canadian Title, sponsors of the award.

Walker Industries and its shareholders proudly accepted the award for Outstanding Corporation.

Recipients of the awards are nominated for demonstrating outstanding commitment and leadership in all aspects of philanthropy.

As stated in Walker’s nomination application sent in by OneFoundation for the Niagara Health System, “…success for Walker Industries is not measured just in volume or shareholder profits. Their institutional commitment to be a “good corporate citizen” and inspire others has served to make a profound impact on communities throughout Niagara and across North America. Their generosity and leadership have strengthened healthcare, enabled greater access to creative arts, and built stronger communities as a whole through improved education, growth in the local economy and protection of the environment.”

For Walker Industries and its employees, giving back to the communities where they live and work has been a strong corporate value that has existed since its beginning more than 100 years ago.

Family members, Sheila (Walker) Bonapace, Robert Bonapace, Dave Walker and Norris Walker were on hand to accept the award. At the ceremony, Dave Walker explained that everything he learned about philanthropy came from his late father, John and his uncle, Norris. At a very young age he came to understand what it meant to give back. He went on to share a few stories and explained that philanthropy runs deep at Walker Industries. It’s a philosophy that is ingrained into the culture throughout the Walker organization.

Lacey Kempinski, Chair, National Philanthropy Day AFP Golden Horseshoe said “we were truly honoured to celebrate Walker Industries. Dave’s remarks were truly moving and helped us all understand Walker Industries’ motivation for philanthropic work.”

Congratulations to all recipients. Through the generosity of others, millions of dollars and millions of volunteer hours are given every year to worthy organizations, non-profits and charities in the Niagara region.