iQWinnipeg kicked off the holiday season last Friday with a few holiday themed cocktails, Christmas music and decorating our tree! We finished off the night with Rob Tetlock teaching us how to pair chocolate with scotch (above, right photo). It was a very festive and informative evening!
Ladies Learning Code just hosted their first-ever Chapter Lead Summit in Toronto over the Nov. 21-22 weekend. Most of the 25+ LLC cities across Canada were represented at the event. Jessica and Serena from the Winnipeg office spent time learning from other LLC members and exchanging ideas over the weekend. There were group discussions regarding things that they are all super passionate about. Topics ranged from everyday concerns about how to market LLC events and improve attendance, to bigger loftier discussions about government and education issues and corporate involvement initiatives. The girls even found a bit of time to see some sights too!
The Charlotte office was once again fortunate enough to contribute to Thanksgiving meals for those in need this year.
With a generous donation from the iQ Sponsorship Committee as well as very favorable turkey pricing, Sarah, Knic and Leigh Ann picked up and delivered approximately 1,465 pounds of turkey to three area soup kitchens. It’s a great feeling to know our contribution will help people's ability to celebrate this Thanksgiving.
Last Friday, 14 of us had the great opportunity to plant shrubs and paint at two of the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity homes being completed in the local area. We planted a bunch of shrubs, rose bushes and greenery at one home, then painted the interior of the home next door. It was a great team effort because we painted the entire 2-bedroom home, walls and ceilings with 2 coats of paint. The home was ready for flooring when we left. We nailed it!
Last Friday, iQRegina hosted a cinnamon bun fundraiser to raise money for a fantastic cause. The proceeds went towards helping a friend who plans to travel to the Northern Himalayan mountains of India to help local children that face problems of addiction and high rates of suicide.
The goal is to take equipment there to allow the at-risk youth to play hockey and to provide counselling services for them as well. The sale brought in $300, which iQmetrix generously matched to a total of $600.
This week the Vancouver office was home for several Saskies' joining the rest of Finance to discuss 2016 initiatives.
Led by People & Culture's Alicia Thaver (above, far left), the team of 18 began to brainstorm immediately, in group discussions and breakouts to establish team priorities and alignment for the upcoming year. For a few, this was their first visit to the West Coast and after two days with a heavy agenda, the team spent their evenings at local favourites including Fly Over Canada, Chill Winston and Guilt & Co.
To conclude the week with a team building activity, they all set out aboard a bus to one of Whistler's most popular snowmobiling spots. Another successful week of work hard, play hard.