Living our purpose by giving back to the community.
For the past few months, our community initiatives focused on what we can do, help with, or give to lend our support and build our community. It is too often forgotten that sometimes, the best thing you can give is a genuine human connection.
While most of us are consumed by the busy ins and outs of everyday life, we need not worry much about the prospect of aging. However, for many Calgarians, it is a very real, sometimes scary, and even lonely experience, especially for those in long-term assisted living facilities. In many cases, they have lost their significant others, live far away from their families, and receive few visitors from outside of the facility.
The Brenda Strafford Foundation is an organization dedicated to the preservation of dignity and the pursuit of happiness for these citizens. They own and operate four long-term care and assisted living seniors care facilities in Calgary and Okotoks, with a new facility announced in 2017 to be built in Calgary’s university district. Bow View Manor is one of those facilities, and this January, Westcor will be donating their time to provide its residents an afternoon of they won’t soon forget.
Continuing on with our mission to build a better community, we decided to spend some time with Calgary’s senior community. This month, we will join the residents of Bow View Manor for tea and snacks, games, karaoke, and perhaps most importantly, conversation. For many senior residents, engaging on a human level is one of the best things they can do to maintain their mental and physical well-being.
For more information on the Brenda Strafford Foundation, Bow View Manor, or, to learn how you can volunteer yourself, visit www.bowviewmanor.ca or email Bradley Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
December Initiative Re-Cap
This past month, our team focused on helping those in need make some special memories by volunteering at the Calgary Drop-In Centre. It was our hope that this small gesture could possibly yield some big results, and we’re pleased to report, it did.
We had 20 team members – 15 from Westcor and 5 from Caon Mechanical Services – volunteer their time and help to sort through donated clothes to go to those in need. It was a humbling and rewarding experience which left us all with a deeper understanding of the volume of donations received and what that means in terms of the amount of help needed on a daily basis.
A sincere thank you to all those who came out to help and thank you to the Drop-In Centre for having us!
As the calendar draws into December, visions of holiday celebrations with loved ones, friends and colleagues start to fill our minds and schedules. We will all begin planning out the amazing meals we will share in the warmth of our homes, anticipate waking up Christmas morning to see the excitement in our children’s eyes as they sneak downstairs to see if Santa has made it yet, and spend the next few weeks making memories that will last a lifetime...
Following another successful community initiative during the month of October (Men’s clothing and hygiene pack drive for the Drop-In Centre) we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to support their highly reputed program, Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child began in 1990 when Dave and Jill Cooke of Wales were watching a television report about Romanian orphans. They asked: “How can we provide some joy to the real victims—the children—who live in these situations day after day?”
Take a second to think through your morning routine. You wake up, wash your face, brush your teeth, shave, put on deodorant, pick an outfit and get dressed. Chances are you don’t think too much about it, you just do it. Maybe you listen to music, drink coffee, or prepare your to-do list for the day. However you do it, your routine is your way of starting out the day on the right foot.
Now, imagine a part of that routine goes missing. Walking out the door wouldn’t feel the same. Unfortunately, this is a reality for hundreds of Calgarian men who lack basic clothing and hygiene products every single morning...
Returning the Favour
We believe in the strength of community. Without the support of our community, friends and families, collaborators, and industry peers, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Throughout our years working to Build a Better World, we’ve learned the importance of giving back. We promote Corporate Social Responsibility, a business approach that contributes to sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all. We focus our efforts on collaboration, reciprocity, and creating win-win scenarios to foster an environment of mutual understanding, growth, and fulfilment. We are proud to give back to the community that has helped shape who we are.
A few of the organizations we have proudly collaborated with over the years:
Calgary Construction Association
Canadian Construction Association
Alberta Construction Association
University of Calgary
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Lean Construction Institute
Canadian Construction Innovations
Canada Green Building Council
Institute for BIM in Canada
Calgary Women in Construction
Young Construction Leaders
A selection of charities we have gratefully supported throughout the years:
Calgary Construction Associaton Education Fund
Calgary Flames Alumni Foundation
Calgary Health Trust
Calgary Herald Christmas Fund
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Liver Foundation
Child Find Canada
Community Drug Awareness
Heritage Christian Academy
Interfaith Food Bank
St. Joan of Arc School Playground Fund
Teen Challenge Canada
The Mustard Seed Ministry
Webber Academy Foundation
Brenda Strafford Foundation Ltd
Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society
Canadian Fallen Heroes Foundation