And Then There Were 2...

So every year we have to do our utmost to best guess how all of our workplace campaigns will do. Every year we struggle to pin down an appropriate target to shoot for. Every year we look at some of our biggest contributors and wonder “How can we possibly expect any more from them?”; and every year they continue to amaze us. I want to touch on two absolutely phenomenal campaigns that continue to blow my mind year after year.

PCL are annual superstars, and this year raised almost $1.7 million!! Just unbelievable when you think about it. But giving back to community is more than just a part of their culture, it’s almost fair to say it IS their culture.

This year we witnessed another truly inspiring campaign eclipse the million dollar mark. Enbridge Pipelines has pushed through a goal that seems (and is) monumental. More than a million dollars Enbridge and its employees have given to OUR community! Having had the privilege of working with Enbridge the past two campaigns I cant help but feel so incredibly proud of them. They have so many amazing individuals that are always more than willing to invest their time and money into a community they so obviously believe in and care about immensely.

Last week I witnessed an event at Enbridge that really captured what an amazing culture they have developed there. It was their annual Pie A Manager event, which at first doesn’t sound like an event that would demonstrate just how strong the bond is between everyone that works there, but it was so plainly evident. A group of perhaps 150 gathered to have FUN. It was inspiring to witness and I don’t think I can capture the connection that exists there with simple words. It may seem counter intuitive, but it takes a tremendous amount of mutual respect between management and employees to make an event like that fun. They raised thousands of dollars at that event, but planted seeds of engagement that you can’t possibly put a price on. 

Keep it here kids – and keep it real.

Brandon Kelm is a Campaign Manager for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.