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Sleep Out: Extraordinary Leaders Supporting Vulnerable Communities

by Kevin Gillingham | Oct 30, 2020

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single one of us. In these testing times, our executives and leaders need to come together and support those who are the most vulnerable in our communities – our youth!

On any given night around 6,000 young people experience homelessness in Canada. Covenant House is Canada’s largest agency serving youth, offering 24-7 services to about 300 young people each day. Since 1982, Covenant House has supported more than 100,000 young people by offering housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing support once youth move into the community.

Covenant House’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition will return for its 9th year on November 19, 2020. The event will take place at Royal Bank Plaza in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, with extensive safety and physical distancing measures in place to protect the health and well-being of participants.

The sleep out supports youth who are homeless, trafficked, or at risk. Sleepers taking part in the event participate in a powerful and immersive experience that creates awareness about the issues of homelessness and sex trafficking, hear from the youth helped by Covenant House, and be a part of the solution.

For the second year in a row, Jim Taylor, Activo President, will be taking part in Covenant House’s Sleep Out. This year more than ever, the youth of Covenant House need our support. Many of them have health conditions that make them vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus and isolation and uncertainty has left them feeling anxious, distressed, and destabilized.

Jim needs your support to help Covenant House Toronto reach its fundraising goal of $1 million to ensure their team can continue to work non-stop to provide essential services to young people during this critical time.

“It will be cold. It will be dark. But for one night I can give up the comforts of home knowing it can bring warmth and brightness to the young people who need it the most.”  

  • Jim Taylor, Activo President

To support Jim’s Sleep Out and Covenant House Toronto, please click here. On behalf of us at Activo and Covenant House – thank you!


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About Kevin Gillingham

Kevin Gillingham is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Activo. Through his expertise in technology, cabling, and communication solutions, he provides leadership and guidance to Activo’s team across Canada.