What's New in the Q: Week of Nov. 9

Nov 13, 2015 — People and Culture
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Charlotte
Thanks again to the support from the iQ sponsorship committee, 8 of the ladies from the Charlotte office were able to participate in Tastes of Habitat Women’s Build. The event supports the Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Women’s build where women build homes for single moms and their families. This event was funding the 9th house to be built. We enjoyed many incredible dishes prepared by local restaurants and beverages from local breweries and wineries. To raise funds, there were ticket sales for giveways, a silent auction, as well as a live auction. All food, drink and auction items were donated and all the live auction pieces were items repurposed from the Restore (donated furnishings). New to the fundraising event this year, we were able to purchase items to help build the home such as the nails, shingles, doors, windows, etc. It is such a worthy cause and we had fun bidding and purchasing items for the house! The ladies are now planning to volunteer on a build -- how empowering!

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The Charlotte office held a team building event at SpareTime bowling lanes this week. Though we're sad to be missing a few of our co-workers, we had a blast bowling! We had our own private room where we bowled, played billards, enjoyed some tasty appies and, of course, we had our very own bartender! What a great bonding moment with all our newbies too! Who doesn’t like to hang out, bowl and down a few brews?

Winnipeg
iQ Winnipeg spent last week at a local tech conference, SDEC15. Both Thu and Tracy spoke at the conference. Thu was on a panel with other industry professionals, answering questions from the audience and speaking on the topic of “Leaders Sharing an Environment of High Performing Teams." Tracy spoke at a session called “Helping Projects Be Successful – The Role of a Software Developer in Keeping Projects on Track." 

We also set up a display booth for the two day conference where we showed off XQ Shelf and met other industry professionals. It was a very successful event, and iQmetrix was very well represented! 

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Regina
Halloween has come and gone at iQmetrix Regina! This year we held our 2nd annual costume contest and potluck and both were a success! This year’s winners in Regina’s costume contest were as follows:

In Second and Third place we had Mike Boychuck as Dr. Strange (left) and Marshall Wilson as Wash from Firefly (right).

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And in 1st place we had Sean Webster as the Headless Horseman!

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Along with a potluck and costume contest, we did some pumpkin carving and beer drinking. Of course, everyone who participated had a great time designing and carving their pumpkins.

Once the pumpkin carving was done, our iQer’s brought in their little ghoul’s and goblins for some trick or treating through the office. This is always the best part of Halloween at iQmetrix Regina as we love to see the little ones in their costumes excited to collect all the sugar they can get their hands on.

This year may have been one of our best turnouts for trick or treating tots!

Vancouver
Members of the Vancouver office are always finding a way to stay active and with softball season over, 10 iQer’s are on to volleyball!

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The iQcumbers get together every Wednesday evening from September to April, taking part in the No Frills Volleyball League. Games are best of 5 and after making playoffs two years in a row (taking second place the first year and fourth place the following), we’re working hard to get to that 1st place spot this time around!

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