Versature Funds Vehicle for Youth Services Bureau

Versature Delivers on “Pledge 1%” Commitment by funding new vehicle for Youth Services Bureau Mobile Crisis Intervention Team

Versature enables YSB’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Team with 3-year vehicle funding commitment for crucial 24/7 outreach programs that aid Ottawa youth in crisis.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, CANADA – November 28, 2017 – Versature Corp. announces today a community partnership with the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) to provide transportation support for crucial outreach programs assisting youth in crisis.

“Having seen first-hand the impact that YSB has in our community, in my mind, there was no better organization to support as part of our 1-1-1 initiative than the YSB. Providing a vehicle for the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team to assist youth in their moment of need makes me feel that, in a small way, Versature can help teens where and when they need help most. It’s an honour to be associated with an organization like the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa,” says Paul Emond, CEO of Versature Corp.

Versature has a long-standing commitment to corporate philanthropy through their 1-1-1 program which dedicates 1% of time, 1% of product and 1% of equity to charity based initiatives. The vehicle, funded by Versature as part of the 1-1-1 program, will provide transportation for the Mobile Crisis and Residential Crisis Unit to support youth and families at their most critical and vulnerable times.

“We’re honoured to have Versature’s support as we partner together in supporting at-risk youth 12 and older throughout the Ottawa community. As part of our youth mental health crisis response programming, YSB offers a bilingual Mobile Crisis Team that travels across the community to meet young people and their families when they are experiencing a crisis. Having a new, dependable vehicle for this team – to replace their current 11 year-old vehicle – means we can reach youth and families and provide support at a critical time. Last year, our counsellors provided nearly 300 home visits to high-risk youth and their families,” says Patti Murphy, Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau Charitable Foundation.

This investment in YSB outreach programs continues to build upon Versature’s commitment to giving back as a fundamental corporate value and pillar of the corporate culture. To this end, Versature, today on Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday), is issuing a challenge to all Canadian Technology companies to establish an organized program like Pledge 1% to support and give back to communities in which they live and work.

About Versature

Versature is the leader in Canadian SaaS-based business phone and communication solutions. Trusted by clients and partners across the country, Versature is an award-winning company that is raising the bar with the highest quality phone systems, superior Communications as a Service and operational system integrations, and Canadian-based technical support. Founded in 2003, Versature has a rapidly growing subscriber base and strong partner network from coast to coast.
For more information, visit www.versature.com.

About Youth Services Bureau

Founded in 1960, the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa (YSB) is one of the largest and most comprehensive non‑profit agencies serving youth in this community. More than 350 caring professionals work from 20 locations across the city to deliver a vast range of programs and services that support at‑risk youth and their families. For more information or to support YSB initiatives visit www.ysb.ca.

About Pledge 1%

Find out more about how your business can support the Pledge 1% model as you grow at https://pledge1percent.org/#pledge-now.

About Anastasia Valentine

Anastasia Valentine is the Chief Marketing Officer at Versature leading the marketing and sales organizations. She is an award-winning product strategist and brings a wealth of experience to the Versature team. Anastasia has a solid track record of over 20 years of experience bringing products to market from idea through to commercialization globally. Anastasia has held leadership, technical and marketing roles organizations such as Sandbox, Cognos, IBM, Jetform/Adobe and with technology startup companies. She leads the multi-disciplined marketing and sales development teams at Versature using a customer-centric and data-driven approach to provide long-term strategic vision and day to day tactical direction. Anastasia is a strong advocate for women in STEM and regular keynote speaker at industry conferences.