In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Norsat and Sinclair joined organizations across the nation for the Dress for the Cause fundraiser. Dress for the Cause and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada raise money for the research into the detection, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer. To date, the Dress for a cause event in Canada has successfully raised over $7 million for Canadian breast cancer research.
To collect donations, Norsat hosted a delicious pancake breakfast complete with eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, and juice. Norsat’s CEO graciously offered to match all employee contributions.
Norsat’s Sinclair division in Aurora posted ribbons on their office walls, dressed up in their bra stickers and did a parade through the office and warehouse to gather donations, and promote awareness of this worthy cause.
Norsat’s two divisions, along with the corporate match from the Norsat Foundation raised $3,380.
The sun was shining and it was a great day at the Union Gospel Mission Annual Summer BBQ, Saturday, July 15th at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Norsat was once again proud to be a corporate sponsor of this annual event that fed more than 5,000 meals to the downtown eastside residents who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, as well as low income families.
Attendees feasted on a sizzling summer BBQ including burgers, smokies, coleslaw, macaroni salad, a pop and even a cool treat at the end! Residents could also participate in face painting, bouncy castles and mini-carnival games, providing hours of entertainment and a much-needed moment of rest and relaxation for some who don’t get to celebrate the fun of summer.
Studies show the child poverty rate in the Downtown Eastside is a staggering 64%. Norsat was happy that they could join title sponsor Roger’s Sugar Vancouver to help host the biggest UGM event of the year. Thank you to the Norsat team and the other corporate sponsors that volunteered throughout the day to help prepare and serve meals.
Annette Colligan, Norsat’s Marketing Communications Manager and Chair of the Norsat Foundation, was interviewed by the Vancouver Sun. See the video here.
How much fun would it be to go on a bike ride with 29 of your closest friends and colleagues? Well the Sinclair Technologies staff can tell you – It’s a heart-pumping, cheer-thumping, crazy big, fun ride!
On Friday, May 12th, 29 Sinclair Technologies employees (a division of Norsat) participated in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike event in Aurora, Ontario.
What is Big Bike?
For 20 minutes, 29 riders power one Big Bike. On event day, you pedal through your community and celebrate your accomplishments. While you pedal, you literally stop traffic to support critical heart disease and stroke research. Participants included: Patty, Daniela, Aldo, Kayla, LOM, Corneliu, Stella, Noy, Ken, Ali, TJ, Liz, Franca, Petra, Thavone, Rag, Lilian, Rene, Ernie, Marselina, Boris, Crystal, Jennifer, Farid, Diego, Amy, Anthony, John, James
Fundraising is a key component of the event and the Sinclair staff collected $2,703 in donations. Along with Norsat’s corporate match the team raised $3,703! Congratulations to the Sinclair employees on a job well done. Money raised goes to critical life-saving heart disease and stroke research in hospitals and universities across Canada.
Amy Gesualdo, Sinclair’s event coordinator commented. “It was an incredible day of fun and great team bonding. Events like this are wonderful, it really got everyone to come together and work towards a great cause.”
When it comes time to yearly giving for the Norsat Foundation, the company reaches out to its employees on what they care about. By involving employees in the decision process, the company encourages individual giving and strengthens the loyalty and respect of current employees. Here are just a few of the worthy charities that our employees chose in 2016: YWCA Vancouver, Richmond Food Bank and the Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
YWCA Metro Vancouver has worked tirelessly to achieve women’s equality.Today the YWCA is one of Metro Vancouver’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations. Our holistic, integrated programs and services help lift women and families out of poverty, provide the best start for children and create new opportunities for education, employment and leadership.
Richmond Food Bank
The holidays are always extra busy for the Lower Mainland food banks. During December, Norsat employees collected food, money and toys to help put smiles on children’s faces and to make the Christmas season a bit brighter for some families. As well, the Norsat Foundation supported the Richmond Food Bank with a $2,000 donation.
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is one of Canada’s most experienced relief and development agencies. Formed in 1946 as a response to the humanitarian crisis in post-war Europe, CLWR has grown to serve the world’s poor and disenfranchised through community development, refugee resettlement in Canada, emergency relief, and humanitarian aid shipments (We Care program). Norsat’s donation will go toward the Canadian Lutheran World Gifts from the Heart program. The CLWR Gifts from the Heart range anywhere from clean drinking water, to learning and living kits, garden tools or medical treatment for a sick child. Gifts from the Heart provide tangible and meaningful gifts that are saving and changing lives.
Sinclair Support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is the largest foundation supporting childhood disability in Canada. The Foundation was established in 1996 to inspire community interest and raise funds in support of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. The personal cost of raising a child with a disability is estimated at $40,000 year, almost four times the amount it costs to raise a child without a disability. For many families the expenses are much higher.
At the same time as expenses mount, many families face reduced income as a result of one parent leaving work to look after their child. Holland Bloorview’s Family Support program helps families in this situation to cover the costs of caring for a child with a disability. Sinclair’s generous donation of $5,000 to the Family Support fund will help pay for quality of life programs that support their child’s therapy goals, improve fitness levels and overall wellbeing, and for transportation and essential equipment such as commodes, walkers and wheelchairs, that enable their children to go home from hospital.
This donation also qualified for Holland Bloorview’s IMPACT Challenge Campaign, in which three generous donors have agreed to match up to $2.3 million in donations.
Holiday Season Made Brighter for Aurora Families
The Newmarket Food Pantry relies solely on the generous donations from the community – through food drives, fundraisers, and other events, as well as through food and cash donations. During the holiday season, Sinclair employees generously donated to the Newmarket Food Pantry. The company also supported the Food Pantry with a $2,000 donation.
Did you know there are between 500 and 1,000 16-24 year olds living on the Vancouver streets each night? The majority of street youth have experienced physical, sexual and or emotional abuse, often at the hands of the adults that were responsible for taking care of them. Likewise, Vancouver’s downtown streets can be dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace on the streets and many of our youth are re-victimized there, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances often worse. Covenant House helps homeless, runaway and at-risk young people for short-term residential care through their Crisis Program and longer term care in their transitional living program Rights of Passage (ROP).
Although Norsat has been a long-time supporter of the Covenant House, many of the employees were unaware of the history and the great work that Covenant House does in our community. Jessica Thompson, Development Officer at Covenant House came to Norsat to talk about their outreach team, drop-in centre, shelter beds, and mental health and housing programs.
During this visit, Norsat’s marketing and communications manager and chair of the Norsat Foundation, Annette Colligan, presented Jessica with a donation to support their various programs.
To learn more about the services that Covenant House offers in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, go to http://www.covenanthousebc.org/
Annette Colligan, Norsat’s marketing and communications manager and chair of the Norsat Foundation, presented Mac Miao, Vice CEO of the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada with a donation to support their various programs.
The Tzu Chi Foundation is an international humanitarian and non-governmental organization with many volunteers all over the world. This charity focuses on giving aid to all people in need and inspires love, compassion, and humanity to both givers and receivers. The organization is also very involved with disaster relief all over the world through donations, providing food and supplies, and medical assistance. Volunteers help built hospitals, schools, and villages in disaster affected areas.
One of the key programs that the Tzu Chi Foundation supports is the Blue Sky Project, which aims to provide vulnerable children with resources and opportunities which they may not have been given otherwise. This includes a breakfast program in schools, funding for extracurricular camps and social activities, and back-to-school supplies.
The roots for this organization is Buddhism, however the foundation helps anyone in need. Volunteers within the organization are diverse and encompass all ethnic and religion backgrounds.
On Saturday, July 16th, Norsat was proud to be a corporate sponsor at the Union Gospel Mission, Annual Summer BBQ. This event, held in Oppenheimer Park on the downtown eastside of Vancouver, served more than 3,480 meals to the homeless and downtown eastside community. The Annual Summer BBQ is a family-friendly community celebration, where our neighbors in need experienced hope in an inclusive and relaxing environment. Food was served all day, and fun activities like music, games, and a carnival-style ‘kid-zone’ for neighborhood families was provided.
A team of Norsat employees attended the event and volunteered preparing and serving food.
Jane Huynh commented, “It made my day to help out and give back to the community. I met a lot of great and friendly people while volunteering. It was great seeing the community out with their families and having a good time. There were smiles everywhere and the community was very thankful for UGM for putting on such a great event. I would definitely volunteer again.”
Another Norsat volunteer, Robert Li said, “This was a really happy experience. Actually, when I decided to register for this activity, I was not sure what kind of people needed help. Maybe they just need something to drink; maybe they need a platform to get together. When I walked through the square, the long line up was just like the big dragon with an unreachable tail. When we saw the happiness from everybody, I think its God showing much glory and honor! God bless everyone!”
Through the support of sponsors like Rogers Sugar, Rogers Group Financial, LGM and Norsat, UGM was able to give guests a day where they feel loved and accepted, but also simply experience a day of fun without worrying about the many barriers in their lives. This was an excellent opportunity for Norsat to partner with UGM and give back to the community in which it operates.
About Union Gospel Mission
- Meals, shelter, outreach and chaplaincy services that relieve suffering and renew hope
- Life recovery programs that offer freedom from addictive lifestyles
- Education and job preparation that equip for successful living
- Affordable housing that fosters community and personal contribution
- Preventative programs that build healthy families
On Friday, February 5th, Norsat played host to Jasmine Nikkari, a third year University of British Columbia engineering student as part of the Odgers Berndtson, CEO x 1 Day Program.
CEO x 1 Day matches third and fourth year university students with some of Canada’s leading CEOs. Students from across the country have been paired with presidents and CEOs from industries that range from retail and technology, to sports and government, providing an extraordinary range of experiences. The program gives students an opportunity to take in-class learning and apply it to a real world situation and equips them with the tools and skills to start building their careers.
On the flip side, the CEO x 1 Day program gives CEOs an opportunity to connect and better understand what drives the next generation of leaders. Norsat’s participation shows the organization’s commitment to supporting youth by investing in their career development and creating opportunities for future leaders.
During the day Jasmine shadowed Dr. Amiee Chan, Norsat’s President and CEO, as well as met with other company VPs and Managers to get a better understanding of how the organization runs.
Jasmine commented, “It was a fantastic day, and I truly appreciated all I saw and learned, as well as the effort you put in to make me feel welcomed and involved.”
We wish Jasmine the best of luck in the rest of the 2015-2016 school year and in her future endeavors. Who knows… maybe she will grace the halls of Norsat with her presence in a future internship or job opportunity?