What's New in the Q: Week of Oct. 26

Oct 30, 2015 — People and Culture
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Winnipeg
iQWinnipeg has had a busy few weeks of giving back, proving that we aren’t just talk when it comes to helping out our local community! A group of 15 iQers headed out to the local Habitat build site on Oct. 19. We spent the day finishing up some sheds for the families living in the homes we worked on last year. We learned new skills like siding and fascia installation, and one team even installed a door. We managed to complete eight sheds, and nearly finished two others. We lucked out with some gorgeous October weather (see above photo) and are already looking forwards to next year's build!

Winnipeg_Coin_Wars_winning_team_-_The_Sufferables.jpgOur Coin Wars competition ended with a bang. We managed to raise a whopping $1,235 as an office. The winning team, The Sufferables (pictured above), opted to donate the $1,235 to West Broadway Youth Outreach; iQ generously matched our donation. We're so proud to support a great organization dedicated to providing a safe, constructive place for local youth.

Charlotte
Last Friday afternoon, the Charlotte office got together to celebrate October as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month with some tasty popcorn and some brews.

Charlotte_-_Halloween_Trivia_with_Knic.jpgTuesday’s morning clambake was a fun round of Halloween Trivia, thanks to one of our newer Charlotte iQers, Knic (standing in above photo, 4th from right). We learned all about Halloween, where it originated (Celtic festival of Samhain, who knew?!) and besides orange, pumpkins can naturally grow to be white, blue or green.

Vancouver
Oct. 14 was We Day in Vancouver and seven iQers headed over to Rogers Arena bright and early to volunteer at one of the biggest events celebrating youth helping youth.

We_Day_Vancouver_2.jpgOrganized on by Free the Children, We Day is held in Canada, the U.S. and England to empower young people to make a difference in their local and global communities. This year’s Vancouver speakers and performers included Chris Hadfield, Barenaked Ladies, Henry Winkler, Hedley, Marlee Matlin and many more.

We_Day_Vancouver_1.jpgWe first attended a training session on the Monday evening, touring Rogers Arena, learning the history behind We Day and Free the Children and our personal duties for the event. Wednesday, we contributed in everything from Registration to Suite Hosting to Talent Wrangling. We spent the better half of the day there and in turn got to be included in an inspiring invite-only event.

Regina
Technically not a Regina update, but seven of our Regina iQers headed to Vancouver for Marketing strategic planning meetings on Oct. 19 and 20. They discussed plans for Q4 and 2016, as well as priorities like the company website revamp, brand tone, upcoming events and trade shows (especially NRF in January) and sales pitch best practices.

Vancouver_Brewery_Tours_Group_Shot_2_Oct._20th.jpgThey also squeezed in a Jays game over dinner and a fun tour of three local breweries (including Bomber Brewing, above). Altogether, it was a great couple days of brainstorming, strategy and team building.

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