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Quarterly Update – Q4 2020

Our crazy train does not stop! We have been focusing on our presence in the community, and getting our name out there. So far, we have largely been marketing ourselves on Instagram – we know that best way to raise funds for our community is to ensure our community knows about the work we do. We decided our Q4 goal should be raising funds to top up our gift cards. We received many grocery gift cards that we could easily use to stock up the Calgary Community Fridge, but we had to figure out how to use all the gift cards we received. We ran a Wine Survivor with our friends and family to raise funds, and partnered with so many amazing local businesses to run our first ever online auction! If you want to check out some great Calgary businesses, be sure to read our online auction post and check them out!

Our largest challenge this Quarter was finding ways to connect our community to our fundraising, while dealing with all the restrictions of Covid-19 that Calgary faced. Andrea & Brittney quickly pivoted from a small in-person event to an Auction run fully on Instagram. Amazing! So many generous local businesses donated items, and we had a great time watching their Instagram takeovers and seeing people battle it out with bids in the comments section. We also ran a Wine Survivor with our friends & family – it was an elimination game with the ability to purchase immunity for the later days. It was surprisingly hard to eliminate people each day – we felt so bad because they were so kind to support! We partnered with a sommelier for our wine selection, so the winners received an amazing selection of wines. Between these two events we raised a significant amount to top up our gift cards.

 

So we’ve spent time spreading our message and raising funds – but what does it mean? Well, in only our second quarter (which ended December 31, 2020) we collected 44 cards (for a total of 106 cards), and raised $3,824! This is an amazing show of support from our community, and demonstrates Calgarians desire to better the place they live! We cant wait to continue our work and spread our message out to the community.

So what do our next steps look like? We are gearing up to partner with businesses to setup work place campaigns in the Spring, and are setting up some additional drop box locations around the city! We also have an exciting project we are working on with a local Calgary charity to top up some cards they need. Stay tuned!

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Sarah is a self-professed busy bee. Currently she is working as an HR Manager at a Financial Planning & Investment Management Firm, while studying towards a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Regina. She is focused on employee communications, establishing and supporting strategic HR direction, developing change management plans and everything in between. Sarah hopes to use her communication experience with content strategy and development to maximize re:give’s community outreach and engagement. In her spare time, Sarah is an avid travel enthusiast, cat mom and newly avid golfer.

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Tyrone is a technology enthusiast in every sense of the word.  Tyrone works with client’s day-in and day-out on solving industrial automation solutions as Regional Sales Manager at WAGO.  In his spare time he has helped numerous startups with their technology and automation focused goals, from equipment startup and implementation to IT and backend support.  Tyrone’s community-focused goals are to help younger generations foster an entrepreneurial mindset and help instill the values required for personal success in both career and life.

 

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Growing up in Toronto, Megan recently moved to Calgary in 2019 and currently works as a Strategy Analyst for ATB Financial. Megan is dedicated to contributing to the pursuit of elevating innovation in today’s financial environment. She joins us from Toronto where she graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph’s Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys skiing, horse-back riding, and spending time with her dog, Stella.

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Jenna is a born and raised Calgarian who currently works in Pediatric Oncology Research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Jenna was a founding member of a not for profit, Outrun the Stigma, founded in 2013 when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Outrun the Stigma was the first and largest mental health awareness run in Western Canada and has raised over $173,000 for mental health organizations in Calgary between chapters in Calgary and Edmonton. Jenna prides herself in her attention to detail, being a reliable leader, and enjoying the more “behind the scenes” work like understanding and creating various applicable policies and procedures and monitoring for compliance. She recently graduated from a Master’s of Science in Law from Northwestern University which gave her a unique understanding of law and regulatory frameworks that has been an incredible asset to the development of re:give.

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Andrea is an aviation enthusiast, and gender advocate. Her tandem pursuit of a commercial pilots license and a gender studies degree has provided her a large community network, which has allowed her to build relationships with professionals from a variety of sectors. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Club of Calgary, and her ability to build valuable relationships, as well as her marketing skills, have provided her the opportunity to sit on the communications and membership committee. Andrea strives to be an innovative problem solver, and enjoys exercising her skills as an effective leader and communicator. Andrea hopes to pair her experience, education, and tenacity to work towards diversity and inclusivity within the nonprofit sector and beyond.