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Playing our part, giving back in our communities

'Tis the season of giving, but our employees do their part throughout the year in their communities

Submitted by Lana Bertsch (Edmonton, AB)

Our employees play their part throughout the year in our communities—whether we’re collecting food donations or biking for a cause. We give back in many ways, and on our annual Stantec in the Community Day we play our part as a company to volunteer in our communities. This year was no different; we continued our company-wide support of the United Way and Movember, and we gave globally with Oxfam. Locally, our employees were active in their communities, giving back in countless ways. Here are just a few.

ACEing mentorship
In a number of US offices, Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) mentors hosted ACE Mentor Program sessions in an effort to introduce participating students to architecture, construction, and engineering careers. In Albany, New York, students were challenged to solve two transportation problems using the knowledge they learned during an InRoads model demonstration on highway design.

CANstructing community
Many offices throughout Canada and the US participate in CANstruction events, a food bank initiative that  brings companies together as they compete to design and create structures using cans, some cardboard, and tape. This year, our Calgary, Alberta, office designed and created an air balloon structure consisting of an impressive 2,136 cans called “Up, Up Can Away!” The Calgary CANstruction event provided around 67,000 can donations for the food bank.

Relaying against cancer
As fourth-year participants in the Fayette County Relay for Life event, our Stantec team in Lexington, Kentucky, answered the call to “Relay Around the World.”  Raising $12,840, they were the top non-healthcare fundraising team, placing second overall for fundraising among 53 other teams. Relay for Life is a 12-hour overnight fundraising event put on by the American Cancer Society to help fight cancer.

A grade above
We partnered with Nu Nennè-Stantec to support the Le Goff School literacy program. Le Goff School, in Cold Lake, Alberta, uses the Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Program to help increase literacy rates for students. This is one way that we directly engage with Aboriginal communities to strengthen our relationships with them.

“I am proud to work with a company that values and encourages community engagement at all levels,” says Audra Duncan, Stantec’s marketing lead for Aboriginal Partnerships. “Through our Aboriginal Partnerships, we’re able to connect with remote communities and support local literacy, education, lunch and cultural programs. It’s remarkable what a difference our support makes!”

Spring cleaning
Our team in Kitchener, Ontario, took part in the 2014 Consulting Firm Challenge, a pre-Earth Day event that encourages organizations to get outside and help clean up winter garbage and debris. Our Kitchener team has participated in this event for the past four years. 

Landscape ART-itechture
Adam Markle, a project manager from our Sarasota, Florida, office, accepted the invitation to speak at a children’s art camp at the Tampa Museum of Art. Adam talked about landscape architecture and how it relates to recycling, art, and fun.

Shifting gears
In London, England, our Stantec team cycled and baked to raise funds in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children. Our cycling team rode 56 miles (90 kilometers) from South London to Brighton, and our bakers organized a bake sale to help the team raise funds. In total, we were able to donate over £1,200 to help rebuild and refurbish GOSH.

And these are just a few examples. We’re active members of our communities and we play our part throughout the year, giving back as much and as often as we can. We’re inspired by what others are able to give, too, and look forward to hearing more stories of community engagement in 2015! Happy holidays from all of us at Stantec.

Lana Bertsch is Stantec’s community engagement manager.

ACE mentors help get high school students interested in our industry

Our Calgary CANstruction team with their masterpiece

Locally, our employees were active in their communities, giving back in countless ways.

Adam Markle talks to kids about landscape architecture

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