At Northlands we believe in giving our people the ability to chase their own success, and be significant by making a difference in our community. The more successful our employees are in reaching their professional goals, the more successful Northlands is, and the more we are able to reinvest back into community organizations and programs that help less advantaged children and families in Edmonton and the northern Alberta region.
In 2012, we implemented a Day of Sharing program which gave every full-time employee the opportunity to spend a work day volunteering for a not for profit cause based organization of their choice. The first year of this program was a resounding success as our employees spread their wings and volunteered for over 10 organizations.
Have you ever had the chance to be a part of building a home for a low income family? On a chilly winter afternoon Northlands employees put their construction hats on and went to work on a Habitat for Humanity build. Taking direction from their crew leader, our employees drilled, hammered and sawed. “This is something that I encourage everyone to do at least once”, said Elis Valera, Northlands Analyst. “Knowing that this home was going to a family in need motivated us to work hard”.
For half a day, our Marketing & Signature Events team volunteered for Meals on Wheels. This community organization provides low cost meals to seniors and housebound residents. Our team had the pleasure of delivering these meals to individuals within the Edmonton area. “While this was an eye opening experience, it was also very fun and rewarding”, said Sara Zaparyniuk, Fulfillment Coordinator. “Getting the opportunity to interact with the individuals who we delivered meals too, many who live on their own, was definitely my highlight”.
The Northlands Human Resources team spent their Day of Sharing at the Mustard Seed where they put their baking skills to the test, while our Finance team was hosted by the Bissell Centre where they sorted presents, served lunch and assisted in child care. “This was an experience I’ll never forget”, said Rashid Ahmed, Northlands Accountant. “The feeling of knowing that in some small way you made a difference in someone else’s life is truly gratifying”.
Northlands Park is known for being the only class “A” horse track in Alberta, but for one day our racing and gaming team was known for their wrapping and sorting prowess. Santa’s Anonymous is devoted to bettering the lives of less fortunate children in our community by delivering the spirit of Christmas. “I was astonished when I saw how large and complex their operation was”, said Courtney Chase, Marketing Coordinator. “Every child should have a gift on Christmas. I can’t wait to come back next year”.
And yesterday evening, on Christmas eve, members of our Food & Beverage department spent time cooking a meal for families at the Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta. Through the Home for Dinner program, our staff cooked for over 50 children and families, serving a delicious meal that included arctic char, mashed potatoes, rice, smoked salmon, steamed veggies, dessert of squares and gingerbread men.
On a day that is about giving, we thank all the organizations in our community who are dedicated to making Edmonton and the northern Alberta region a better place to live.