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Celebrating community in 2015 and beyond

A new year brings more opportunities to give back to your community

As we wrap up 2015, we wanted to take a minute to celebrate our employees and the commitment they make each year to bettering the communities in which we live and work. We – both within Stantec and without – are all in this together, so here’s to making even more of a difference in 2016. The happiest holiday wishes to you all. See you next year!

7,300 employees. 80 offices. Over 10,400 kilograms (23,000 pounds) of food harvested, collected, sorted, or prepared. The contributions we made to our communities as part of our third annual Stantec in the Community Day were impressive—and so was our impact.

From creating oyster habitats in Florida, to building a wishing well in Ontario, to hand-making blankets for children’s hospitals in California—the variety of ways our people support our communities is inspiring. As is our passion for sharing our Stantec spirit.

We captured 14 Stantec in the Community Day stories on video this year. See our Montreal, Quebec work to create a welcoming community space under Highway 40. Or our Laurel, Maryland, team play games and do arts and crafts with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Or our Vancouver, British Columbia, volunteers serve meals at a homeless shelter – where some employees have been volunteering monthly ever since our original Stantec in the Community Day in 2013.

Many employees and partners also took the time to share their volunteer experiences by posting their photos, accomplishments, and pride on social media. Thanks to those efforts, our hashtag, #StantecintheCommunity was a trending topic on Twitter in several cities and accumulated nearly 1,500 tweets and retweets. We received 230 mentions on Instagram—more than double last year’s count—and our Facebook Stantec in the Community Day photo album garnered over 150 likes and 26 shares. Local media also got into the action, publishing dozens of newspaper articles and airing more than 22 television news stories on our volunteer efforts.

Big numbers for a big day.

But events like Stantec in the Community Day aren’t about numbers. They’re about compassion. Kindness. Participating in the shared responsibility we all have to take care of those around us. And while Stantec in the Community Day is our signature service event, our employees and our Company consistently give back throughout the year.

In 2015, we invested millions in community engagement initiatives in arts, education, environment, and healthcare in the communities where we live and work. We also donated time and expertise. Our employees volunteer on various boards, mentor, serve lunches at shelters, and raise funds for a wide range of not-for-profits. Our experts speak to industry groups on everything from “winter cities” to diversity and inclusion. Our practitioners donate their spare time to teach in post-secondary institutions and offer pro bono services from nearly all of our disciplines to organizations in need.

We pride ourselves on giving back to the communities that support us and our clients—not only on Stantec in the Community Day and during this special holiday season, but year-round. For more about those efforts – or how organizations can apply for support – visit the Community Engagement section of our website.

Red Deer, Alberta

We are all in this together, so here’s to making even more of a difference in 2016.

Houston, Texas

Bakersfield, California

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