On the heels of Shoppers Drug Mart’s recent Growing Women’s Health campaign we spoke to Beth Li, one of the many passionate Associate Owners at the pharmacy chain.
Beth’s own story of inspiration started when she moved from Beijing to Toronto to study pharmacy at University of Toronto. She started at Shoppers as a student in 2007 and in 2014 took over London’s Richmond Street location. Beth now resides in London where she has been mentored by a number of leaders – within and outside of Shoppers Drug Mart – who are passionate about philanthropy.
“London is a small community. An intimate community. As a young professional I had a lot of energy and wanted to meet people and contribute,” she recalls of her arrival in the city.
Beth became involved in Engage London, a networking group facilitated by London Community Foundation that connects young professionals to the causes they are most passionate about. “I was so fortunate to be mentored by Bob Siskind,” she shares about her time with the successful lawyer, developer and well known philanthropist. “Through him I feel inspired and energized to do more for our community and to contribute more where I can.”
Today she sits as a member of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.
At Shoppers Drug Mart she is also deeply immersed in the corporation’s well-established commitment to community giving. “Growing Women’s Health specifically supports local women’s charities. Over 15 years, more than $32M has been raised across Canada. This year, we anticipate the proceeds to top $3.6M across the country,” she explains.
In London, all participating stores offered bright coloured birds, butterflies and leaves that customers could purchase in exchange for a donation to My Sisters’ Place. “My Sisters’ Place was selected as the 2017 funding recipient because its mission resonates with the staff and customers of Shoppers Drug Mart, and because of the strong leadership it enjoys under Susan Macphail,” Beth recalls.
“It is not only money that is raised through Growing Women’s Health – but awareness. I’ve increased my own awareness of community service available to women and I pass this along to our customers. The campaign encourages conversation and we’re very happy to tell them about an amazing place that all women can drop into, anytime, without an appointment.”
The total amount raised for My Sister’s Place, through the campaign, will be announced in November.