This Canada Day, folks from my community (Wakefield and Chelsea, QC – about 30 km north of Ottawa) paddled the Gatineau River to Ottawa with folks from Kitigan Zibi Algonquin First Nation. It’s a paddle bringing about real, community based reconciliation and transformation. This year was particularly significant, due to the importance placed on Canada’s 150th anniversary. read more
Category: Giving Back
I’ve always been impressed by Denise and Nicholas Eisner’s annual contribution to their fundraising endeavours for kids with cancer, most notably Tour for Kids, which is an annual multi-day bike tour that takes place over hundreds of kilometres of varied terrain. In early January of this year, they had suggested that we assemble a team for this year’s CN CHEO 70km ride which raises money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation, Candlelighters, and Ronald MacDonald House. I happily obliged to join them in my first charity ride.
In keeping with its core value of Giving Back, Systemscope was a major sponsor of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) President’s Breakfast on April 25, 2017, for the third year in a row. This event drew close to 600 senior representatives from the Federal government, including many of our client representatives, and it raised over $2M which will be used to fund continuing research in a number of fields, as well as the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to treat patients locally. read more
Amidst all our Holiday preparations, we tend to forget that it is an important time of the year to give back to those who are less fortunate in our community. From learning new skills to boosting self-confidence, there are endless rewards associated with helping others. Needless to say, there is power in giving back and it’s an imperative value to the Systemscope team. read more
As one of the core values of our firm, Systemscope prides itself on giving back to the community through sponsorship and participation in charitable events. We are regular sponsors of Government of Canada Charitable Workplace Campaign events, An Evening of Hope, which raises funds for Lung Cancer Research, and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation President’s Breakfast. We also encourage our employees to take advantage of their annual volunteer days for worthwhile causes. These volunteer days have been used for fundraising bike tours (Tour for Kids), building playground structures for underprivileged neighbourhoods, participating in fundraising barbeques, organizing Christmas hamper programs, and being volunteers at our childrens’ schools. I would like to share my own personal volunteering experience – being a first-time participant in Special Surfers Night.
Systemscope supports various organizations within the National Capital Region, in part by giving staff one day a year to volunteer. One particular charity that I supported this year was the CN Cycle for CHEO to raise awareness and funds cancer research.
The CN Cycle for CHEO is a fun, non-competitive event that offers a wide range of cycling (15K, 35K, 70K) and walking (2K, 5K) routes for people of all ages and abilities. On May 1st, I participated in the 70k cycle, where I had the great opportunity to cycle along Ottawa’s most scenic corridors, including the Sir John A. Macdonald and Aviation Parkways and the Rideau Canal with its renowned NCC tulip beds.
Although the weather could have been better (cloudy, raining, and a strong head wind), the event was well organized and the number of participants was unbelievable!
To learn how to get involved next year, visit the CN Cycle for CHEO website.
To herald the beginning of a new fiscal year, Systemscope presented its new vision statement at our staff retreat this summer. We took great care to recognize our value proposition as well as our plans for growth. One of the pillars of our value proposition was realizing social responsibility by Giving Back: sponsoring events in our professional communities, making charitable contributions to a number of worthwhile causes, and supporting excellence in youth athletics. On the last point, Systemscope has been sponsoring a talented young woman in her Slalom/Grand Slalom goals and in this blog post, we are pleased to showcase her achievements, and what Systemscope’s support has meant to her during a challenging phase in her “journey to the podium”. – Denis Barbeau, Partner