APM is committed to the
spirit of community in Prince Edward Island and Atlantic
Canada and to the pursuit of excellence and achievement by
young people. Through sponsorships, donations, employee
activities and other programs, our company supports and
promotes a number of initiatives, events and charities.
Giving a boost to young people, whether through financial
support or through encouraging personal growth, is an idea
very close to the heart of our company's ideals and beliefs.
We are proud to be involved in our community. Some of our
major community initiatives are mentioned below:
Confederation Centre of the Arts
Since 1998, APM
has been the Major Sponsor of the Charlottetown Festival,
Canada's premier showcase of original Canadian theatre and
home of Canada's most beloved musical Anne of Green Gables -
The Musical. The Confederation Centre of the Arts, located
in downtown Charlottetown, is a memorial to the founding of
our nation and is mandated to promote and preserve Canadian
culture and arts. APM has been a supporter of the
Confederation Centre and its theatre, arts and youth programs since
School of Business
campaign to generate $6 million in private financial support
for the new
School of Business Building which will focus on Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship is
being led by Tim Banks, President of the APM Group, and Dr.
Roberta MacDonald , Dean of
the Business School . Banks has announced his own
$100,000 pledge to the campaign and Chancellor Bill Andrew
has made a private donation of $100,000. The provincial
government has committed $4 million as part of a $25 million
commitment for capital renewal at UPEI over 10 years. The
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is contributing $1.69
million to the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
University of Prince Edward Island
A great example of the pursuit of excellence and personal
development is the student-athlete. For that reason, APM is proud to have been the major sponsor of the UPEI
Men's Basketball Team since 1999. To show this support
through the Island's local university is even more
gratifying. The Panthers were Atlantic Conference Men's and
in 2003 and are consistently among the top-ranked squads in
Junior Achievement The Junior
Achievers program in PEI involves hundreds of volunteers and
students developing ideas and business skills. APM
is one of the major sponsors of this organization and APM
President, Tim Banks, sits on the Board of Governors.
APM Centre Located in Cornwall, PEI the APM Centre is
a new athletic arena and community centre for 13 communities
in Queens County, Prince Edward Island. By becoming the name
sponsor of the building, APM is showing its
support for the citizens of these 13 towns and villages to
create a facility promoting recreation and well-being in
The Youth Investment Program/Youth Apprentice Program
is the recent brainchild of APM President Tim Banks. The
goals of the program are to foster entrepreneurialism in
young people, provide learning opportunities and mentorship
to young business people and to encourage young people to
achieve their dreams in the business world.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada
is a national charitable organization devoted to preserving
natural areas throughout Canada. It has purchased large
tracts of wilderness and ecologically significant natural
features in all parts of Canada to be preserved for the
benefit of future generations. APM President Tim Banks
serves on the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy
Cody Banks Memorial Bursaries
Each year APM presents the Cody Banks Memorial
Bursaries to employees or children of employees pursuing
post-secondary education. The bursaries are named for master
mason and community leader Cody Banks, who believed that
education was essential for young people to achieve their
fullest potential. Through these bursaries, our company is
able to honour Cody's ideals and commitment to his fellow
Big Brothers/Big Sisters PEI
The local branch of this national organization has a major
fundraiser each year involving a raffle for a summer
cottage. Through its manufactured home division, Landmark
Homes, APM has constructed cottages as the major prize for
the draw since 2003.
IWK Children's Miracle Network
Over the years, a number of APM employees have had to use
the services of the Maritimes regional children's hospital,
the IWK in Halifax. This prompted a group of employees to
undertake a number of initiatives in support of this
important regional asset. Thousands of dollars are raised
each year by APM staff through barbeques, flea markets and
casual day programs. The amount that is raised by the staff
is matched by the company with the joint donation presented
each year at the IWK Telethon.
Stratford Soccer Complex The Town of Stratford is the
fastest growing community on Prince Edward Island and soccer
is the fastest growing sport in Canada. With that in mind,
our building supply store, Southport Home Hardware, located
in the heart of Stratford, was excited to get involved in
the creation of a soccer complex for the town. Using its
expertise, access to materials and the sweat equity of the
Southport Home Hardware staff, a building bee organized by
our company led to a brand new clubhouse for the soccer
complex, making it one of the premier soccer facilities in
Prince Edward Island.
Thyramas Corporation Thyramas Corporation is a small
local charity that funds a summer camp for troubled youths.
Our company is a strong supporter of this challenging work.
SpellRead P.A.T. A local
business started by two Island women, SpellRead P.A.T.
created an innovative method to teach and improve reading
skills, particularly for persons with low literacy.
Recognizing the importance of literacy in increasing career
opportunities for both adults and children, APM
has been providing scholarships for the SpellRead program
Lorie Kane/Ronald McDonald Children's Charities Golf
Classic Lorie Kane, one of the World's top lady golfers
hails from Charlottetown. Each year, in support of the
Ronald McDonald Children's Charities organization, she hosts
a golf tournament in her hometown. Over the years, this
event has raised thousands of dollars and APM is
proud to be a founding and continuing sponsor.
The Joyriders Special needs children can experience
outdoor adventure on horseback through the Joyriders of PEI.
Our company recognizes that all members of society deserve
opportunities for recreation, social interaction and for
personal growth and achievement in spite of limitations. By
supporting the Joyriders, we are able to demonstrate our
commitment to all members of our community.
Kids Count - The Learning Fund: As governments have
reduced spending, responsibility to fund community
initiatives has fallen to the private sector. The Learning
Fund is an initiative of the Eastern School District of
Prince Edward Island that seeks to raise money for programs
supplementing the educational experience of local students.
APM made a long-term commitment supporting this
initiative to enrich extra-curricular activities for as many
young Islanders as possible.
Charlottetown Junior "A" APM Abbies
APM has been the
name sponsor for the Charlottetown entry in the Maritime
Junior Hockey League since 1998. We are very proud to
support the local ownership and local talent that provides
exciting sports entertainment in the Maritimes. In 2003, our
company assisted the hockey club in hosting the Royal Bank
Cup, a tournament crowning a national Junior hockey
The Canadian Unity Council (CUC)
is a non-partisan national organization devoted to examining
and promoting the Canadian identity, particularly among
Canadian Youth. Many young Canadians are familiar with the
CUC through such programs as Centre for Research and
Information on Canada and the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa.
Tim Banks, President of APM, serves on the CUC
Board of Governors.