When Inspiration Strikes

Inspiration sometimes strikes when you DO expect it. I started this past week with much anticipation for Thursday. The morning would start with a Day of Caring at the InKind Centre working with the Discovery Team to host 50 students from Avalon Junior High School. After that I would head into the office, grab some materials and head over to the Metro to set up for the 2010 Engineering Challenge wrap - up party and the BIG announcement - the 2010 challenge winner!

The Engineering Challenge is the coming together of the Engineering sector for the purpose of recognizing our collective efforts and to challenge one another with the aim to strengthen communities across the Alberta Capital Region in partnership with United Way. It’s also a little healthy competition, some hard work, a ton of collaboration and whole lot of fun.

It is true that it takes a little time to make things grow, and in just four short years, a group that started as three has grown to a community of seventeen. Thursday was the celebration of all they had accomplished together.

At the Engineering Day of Caring on September 17 they landscaped, painted, built planters & garden boxes and organized the clothing closet at Terra Association’s Braemar School. And at the Connect Society’s new location in the Alberta School for the Deaf, they installed playground turf, fixed and enhanced safety rails and added privacy fencing.

They raised $1,438,179 in support of United Way and they connected their community.

So yes. Inspiration does sometimes strike when you expect it. Congratulations to AMEC Earth & Environmental – first time participants and winners of the 2010 Engineering Challenge! And congratulations to all of the companies and volunteers in what you have achieved together. Thanks to each and every one of you.



Engineering firms involved include: AECOM, AMEC, APEGGA, Associated Engineering, Bantrel, Dialog, Cord WorleyParsons, CFER Technologies, CoSyn Technology, EBA Engineering, ISL Engineering & Land Services, Magna IV Engineering, Morrison Hershfield, SNC-Lavalin, Stantec, Tracer Industries, Williams Engineering and WorleyParsons.