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Happy Holidays!

It’s been an amazing year for us, and we’re so thankful we were able to give back to our communities in the process.

We’ve always had a community-minded focus, both in our work and in our giving. This year, we celebrated our relationship with community by updating our brand to reflect our focus, coming together on Stantec in the Community Day, and continuing to give back locally. As a company, we raised over $1.13 million, volunteered countless hours, and helped many communities through the collective efforts of our local offices. Here are just some examples of our volunteer boots on the ground in 2013:

Giving Comes in Red, White & Blue

  • In Irvine, California, we shared our love for engineering with high school students in a classroom presentation during National Engineers Week and hosted a ping pong charity tournament benefiting the Convoy of Hope.
  • In San Diego, our team raised funds for the Rady Children’s Hospital in the “Shamu & You Family Walk.”
  • In Lexington, Kentucky, we put together a Relay for Life team and went all out for cancer research, taking part in a hula dress show, a golf scramble, and the run itself. During this season of giving, we brought Christmas to the children of our community by sponsoring and fulfilling wishes for 17 angels through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program and volunteering at the program’s distribution center. The homeless will be able to enjoy a few good meals because of the money we raised for the Salvation Army Food Pantry and Hope Center Shelter, and the Christmas lunch we’ll be preparing and serving at the Catholic Action Center’s downtown homeless shelter.
  • In Nashville, our team raised funds to purchase gifts for your six adopted angels through the same Salvation Army program.
  • In Florida, we bowled at the Disney Bowl-A-Thon to raise funds for Junior Achievement of Central Florida’s K-12 programs, and we inspired fourth- and fifth-graders in the Engineering Club with our career presentation in Naples. In Tampa, we ran our own campaign to raise funds and food donations to help Metropolitan Ministries feed the homeless in our community.
  • In Rochester, we donated coats to homeless fellow New Yorkers and rounded up Thanksgiving meal baskets for families in need
  • In Boston, we gathered a team to help the Greater Boston Food Bank with its operational needs for an entire day
  • In South Burlington, Vermont, we adopted a family for the holidays, providing them with gifts and funds for their wish lists.

We Give, Eh!
Across the nation, we rolled up our sleeves and donated blood to help save lives within our local communities through the Canadian Blood Services’ national Partners for Life program.

  • Our team of 35 bowled everyone over at the Scotiabank Bowl for Big Brothers Classic, raising money and awareness for Vancouver’s Big Brothers & Big Sisters. We also competed in Canstruction, an event that helps local food banks feed the hungry.
  • We rallied together in our Alberta offices and cycled for two days along the Rockies to help end cancer.
  • In Calgary, we jumped into the freezing waters of Mahogany Lake in the Polar Bear Plunge to help Inn from the Cold shelter the homeless; collected trash along the Bow River as host sponsor of the Calgary River & Pathway Cleanup; and provided much-needed support after the Southern Alberta flooding.
  • In Edmonton, we furthered cancer research by purchasing daffodils in April and cycled 185 kilometres to fight MS
  • In Red Deer, we became a new sponsor for Woody’s Triathlon, which helps kids in need enjoy sports.
  • In Regina, we competed as a team in the KidSport Fun & Fitness Corporate Challenge to help kids in need participate in community sport programs.
  • In Toronto, we gathered 20 troops to eliminate litter during Earth Week
  • In Ottawa, we laced up skates to host the annual Charity and Networking Hockey Tournament supporting Camp Smitty; sponsored the “For the Kids” Charitable Auction to help kids with disabilities; and sponsored a new delivery truck for the food bank.
  • In Dartmouth, we put together a strong team for the Run for the Cure and threw a birthday barbecue that also raised funds for work programs that help people with disabilities gain independence.
  • We worked together in Fredericton to build a baby barn for our local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
  • What a year! Here’s to continued giving in 2014. Happy holidays!

Lana Bertsch is Stantec’s Community Engagement manager.

We’ve always had a community-minded focus, both in our work and in our giving.

As a company, we raised over $1.13 million, volunteered countless hours, and helped many communities through the collective efforts of our local offices.

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