Archive for February, 2009

2009 Bowl for Big Brothers

I’m a volunteer with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and we’re raising money for the kiddie winks.  Here’s a link to the site if you’re keen.  There are SO many worth causes out there like MS, BC Cancer, Red Cross and all deserve attention.  Big Brother’s is my cause, so I’d be remiss in my duties if I didn’t take the time to write a quick blog posting about it.  We all have to do our part because sustainability isn’t just about the environment anymore!!

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Our Team and our Economy

On Friday we had a staff meeting.  Many things were discussed: the current economy, the home show, the Olympics and numerous other topics made the agenda.  At the end of the meeting I increased the wages of Kim and Tyler; our star employees.  I did that because they’ve done a really excellent jobs, customers have said very positive things about them as of late, and I wanted to reward them for being so valuable to the team.

And then I listened to CBC this morning and they were talking about the economy, and some of the negative effects of cost cutting.  How damaging it was to the economy to reduce wages (on a macro level).  I was pleasantly impressed with not only the fact that I was helping the employees I care about, but the economy as well.  What a timely article!

Is there something you personally can do to help the economy?  Maybe your company is doing something noteworthy?  Even if it’s small, we’d like to hear about it!

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Black Cab Sessions

I don’t think my blog should be all about Charity, or the Environment, or all about any 1 specific topic.  First, as important as those topics are, it’s going to get boring.  Second, I think we can all agree that typically as a human race, we’re woefully behind the 8 ball when it comes to helping the fellow “man” or hauling plastic bags out of the ocean so that hungry sea turtles don’t treat them as though they’re delicious jelly fish and well….  That will just get a bit depressing, won’t it?

Sooooo with that in mind, I’d like to draw your attention to the Black Cab Sessions.  I learned about these as I heard about Lykke Li on CBC’s Q (I’m a big fan).  As I was avoiding work (in it’s traditional sense – I am writing on my blog, and I think that counts), and Googling (as a verb, only exists (to my knowledge) in the English language – there is no Spanish verb “to google”)  this Swedish artist I came across the Black Cab Sessions (she’s chapter 37).

Thier tag line? 1 song, 1 take, 1 cab.

Cool!

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Working Gear Vancouver

Have you ever heard of Working Gear Clothing Society?  They provide clothing for men in the Downtown East side allowing them to get back to work and to give them that boost of confidence they need to be ready for those all important job interviews.  They get their referrals through Employment Service Providers in Vancouver that have identified a lack of nice clothing as a barrier to taking that next step.  They’re open Saturdays and men get a  30 minute appointment where they get fit for the right clothes for the right jobs.  Much like Dress for Sucess, I think this is really a tangible, valuable service that helps give that person the leg up they need to feel valued!

What Working Gear needs:

  • Business casual
  • Old Suits and Dress Shoes
  • Work boots
  • Gloves
  • Vests 
  • Rain gear
  • cold hard cash

Basically any item of clothing that will help a gentleman boost his self-esteem and nail that interview.  

They’re located at 87 East Pender in Chinatown: here’s a link to the CBC Living Vancouver special that was on TV today at 3:00 P.M.

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