With the holiday season in full swing, we often find ourselves busy keeping up with all of the events and ‘to-do’ lists. It’s encouraging to see how many also make this a time to focus on giving back, remembering those who need us most at this time of the year. The latest Statistics Canada report indicated an increased number of EI recipients in Alberta, with October marking the 14th consecutive monthly increase. But it is during this very same time that we have seen many inspirational stories of people helping. I wanted to share a few of the amazing examples that make Alberta a great place to work and live:
Giving Tuesday. December 1, 2015 marked another year for a movement that has become a global phenomenon. Started in 2012 by a United Nations foundation based in the U.S., GivingTuesday is a day marked for giving and volunteering, taking place each year following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Giving Tuesday website proclaimed 2015 as the biggest year yet for GivingTuesday. 4,700+ charities and businesses participated, donations were up 302% as compared with those in 2012, there were numerous food, clothing, and shoe donations, blood drives, and acts of kindness across Canada. #GivingTuesdayCa and #GivingTuesday trended all day on Twitter with 100,000+ mentions, and there were mayoral proclamations across our country highlighting the day. Learn more on the Giving Tuesday blog.
Syrian Refugees in Canada. In an article published on Twitter titled This #YearOnTwitter (December 6, 2015), the fleeing of refugees from the Middle East and Africa garnered so much attention, it landed on their list of 2015’s most influential and memorable moments. Human rights activists and citizens throughout the world chimed in using the hashtag #RefugeesWelcome. The first group of refugees came to Canada on December 11, 2015. Since then, hundreds more have been met with a warm welcome at airports in major cities across Canada. There are many stories in the news about Canadians opening up their homes, while others sponsor, raise funds, and collect donations. The spirit and generosity of Canadians is truly alive and well.
WestJet Mini Miracles Day. On December 9th WestJet did it again. The buzz was incredible as this amazing company expanded the territory covered and increased their goal to 12,000 miracles – one for every WestJet employee. They didn’t just meet their goal, but blew way past it, delivering an astounding 31,793 miracles instead. Employees in blue Santa hats performed acts of kindness throughout this 24 hour time period. They have definitely inspired many of us to want to perform our own mini-miracles and have made the world a better and kinder place.
The finished result of an annual tradition here at Manpower Alberta – providing gifts for a family in our community.
As we prepare for another holiday season let’s not forget to consider how we can add a little towards making the world a better place every day. Happy Holidays from our Manpower family to yours!