The holidays are a great time for reflecting on all that you’ve accomplished throughout the year, especially your community involvement.
The team here at Versature takes great pride in our commitment to community initiatives and nonprofits. The following are just a few examples of how Versature gave back throughout 2015!
Introducing Versature’s 1-1-1 Program
Perhaps our greatest feat this year was officially taking on the 1-1-1 model of corporate philanthropy. The 1-1-1 model was originally introduced by the Salesforce Foundation and has been adopted by leading organizations such as Google, Box, Yelp, and GoPro. In our commitment to 1-1-1, Versature has pledged 1% of our equity, 1% of our time, and 1% of our services to charitable endeavors.
Year to date, Versature had provided over $20,000 in communication service discounts to long standing nonprofit clients such as the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, Ottawa Fringe Festival, and Startup Canada as well as newcomers like the Diabetes Leadership Foundation and Salvation Army – Barrhaven. Wow!
The Startup Canada #EveryEntrepreneur Tour
Another biggie for team Versature on the nonprofit front was our involvement with Versature friend and customer Startup Canada in their inaugural cross-Canada #EveryEntrepreneur tour. With stops in Halifax, Montreal, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Ottawa, and Toronto the tour was truly Canadian and brought together some of the best and brightest from the country’s startup scene.
Versature served as a lead sponsor and participated in the Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto legs of the tour, speaking to new entrepreneurs in seminars, Genius Bar sessions, and one-on-one throughout the events. The tour was a huge success, providing mentorship and connecting new business owners to resources, networks, training, customer connections, and vibrant entrepreneurship communities. Congratulations to the team at Startup Canada on a job well done!
Versature and The Sandra Schmirler Foundation
A Versature favourite is our relationship with the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. The Foundation is a testament to the will and determination of three-time world curling champion, Olympic gold medalist, and Canadian curling icon Sandra Schmirler herself. The Foundation raises funds in support of life-saving equipment for neonatal intensive care units in every Canadian province and territory.
The majority of The Sandra Schmirler Foundation donations come from the annual Telethon, held on the first Sunday of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts (this year on February 15 in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan). Versature proudly supported yet another successful telethon in the best way we know how: by providing the telecommunications hardware, infrastructure, service and support to power the telethon. 2015 was another record-breaker for the telethon, raising over $326,000.
Home-Grown Community Initiatives
This year Versature took on a few new initiatives in our local community, the first of which took place during a first-ever “Axe Throwing and Networking” event (yes, you read that correctly) held at Versature friend and customer The Backyard Axe Throwing League (BATL for short) new Ottawa location. Attendance at this event was free for participants, however we encouraged guests to bring nonperishable food items in support of the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard. The results were overwhelming and took two truckloads to deliver to the happy staff at GEFC!
Versature has also pledged to sponsor our own Christmas family. We have already gathered all of the items necessary to put on a tasty Christmas dinner spread for this family, and are also collecting toys, clothes, gift certificates, and household items to support the local mother and her three (soon to be four!) children.
Paid Volunteer Day
One employee perk all Versature staff are able to enjoy is a paid volunteer day. These volunteer days are available for everyone to use as they wish in support of charitable or nonprofit endeavours. We had some great uptake with paid volunteer days, with staff choosing to use theirs in support of a variety of initiatives.
Versature Systems Engineer Simon Quigley used his volunteer day to help out at Bluesfest (which he volunteered at all festival long). Our VP – Operations Jonathon Moody used his volunteer day to pitch in and offer his expertise at the Ottawa ProductCamp event, as well as mentoring for various Startup Canada initiatives, an organization he’s been volunteering with since 2012 when they first started out!
Versature VP Sales Dwayne Mansfield chose to get his hands (and clothes) dirty at the St. Francis of Assisi School annual Sandwich Making Day for the Shepherds of Good Hope, the largest non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and the homeless in Ottawa. This year’s Sandwich Making Day saw upwards of 2,500 sandwiches made. Versature was happy to provide the mustard and mayonnaise.
In his role of Volunteer Director of Operations at Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search and Rescue, Versature Chief Technology Officer Adam Sherman spent his 2015 volunteer day meeting with various search and rescue tasking agencies. Fun read: Adam was featured in The Globe and Mail 24/7 Executives column for his work with SBO-OVSAR!
All in all, 2015 was an exciting time for Versature out in the community and being involved with our nonprofit clients. We are proud of all that we have accomplished and look forward to achieving even more in the coming year!
Interested in learning more about Versature’s 1-1-1 program? Apply today! The program is open to all certified Canadian nonprofits.
Happy holidays and keep on giving.