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Costco helps local kids be all that they can be


The Community Builders column on Apartment 613 shares the stories of every Community Builder recognized by United Way Ottawa.

In this column, you’ll see the stories of every day Ottawans who take the time to extend a helping hand, break down stereotypes and barriers, and those who push for a better city by showing us the true meaning of compassion for others. 

Do you know someone who deserves a Community Builder award? You can nominate them.

Though the company has given millions of dollars to support local families and children, Costco Wholesale likes to work under the radar.

“We simply believe that we got to do what’s right, because it’s the right thing to do,” said Ron Damiani, Costco’s vice-president marketing, membership, services and travel.  “We don’t do press conferences [and] we are not looking for the attention of our members.”

A photo of Costco representatives receiving their CBYA Award.

As an employee of Costco for over 24 years, he said a defining aspect of the company and its employees is their commitment and philosophy of giving back to the community.

This philosophy, along with a passion for helping local children, exemplifies what United Way Ottawa’s All That Kids Can Be award seeks to celebrate: a person or organization who is working to improve conditions for Ottawa’s children and youth.

By Samantha Pope
Communications Officer, United Way Ottawa




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