GSK president joins employees for volunteer day at HPIC

To mark National Volunteer Week, Health Partners International of Canada held an event April 16 to recognize the contribution of GSK to their volunteer program. A team of 12 employees from GSK, including President Paul Lucas, were at HPIC’s medical aid distribution centre in Mississauga packing medicines into Physician Travel Packs (PTPs).

“Volunteers reduce our operating costs and increase our effectiveness, ” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC. “We are so grateful to the companies who lend us their employees and to our regular crew of volunteers. GSK is one of our top partners, in providing volunteers, donated medicines and financial support. ”

After a day of work and camaraderie, the GSK team had packed 30 PTPs, enough primary care medicine to treat up to 18,000 children and adults in the developing world. Last year GSK contributed 365 volunteer hours to HPIC.

Lucas said that HPIC has been a valued partner of GSK since 1994. “GSK encourages employees to become involved with deserving causes in their local communities, and we are proud to be a leading contributor to HPIC through product and financial contributions, as well as our employee volunteer efforts.”

HPIC can always use more volunteers, especially individuals who are available to come in on short notice. To inquire about volunteering : email Andrea Hillman at or call her at 905-670-1990.