For a third consecutive year, Govan Brown employees across Canada ditched their razors for the month of November in favor of some outstanding mustaches. The international Movember movement was created to raise awareness about the state of men's health issues while also being a catalyst for fundraising efforts and change Govan Brown's focus for the month was to raise awareness and encourage men in our industry, as well as our business partners, to be vigilant and proactive when assessing their medical condition. Our marketing team kicked off the month by distributing photo-shopped images of all the partners across Canada with superimposed mustaches on their faces with men's health statistics captioned below. For the month, we encouraged our employees across the country to either grow great mustaches or support the cause. At the end of the month, each branch's best mustache was awarded tickets to see their local basketball or hockey team. Without further ado, the winners are: Dylan Marquis from Vancouver, Sean Moraes from Calgary, Phil Goodall from Ottawa, and Hooman Emami from Toronto.
On Tuesday, November 18th, members of the Govan Brown staff attended the Junior Achievement of Central Ontario's 26th annual Governor's Dinner. The dinner, considered the marquee event of the year for the organization, is the largest fundrasing effort for the association and was well attended by distinguished guests and Junior Achievement students. Our very own Jon Taylor, sitting on the board of Governor's himself, was a co-chair for the event. The Master of Ceremonies for the event was David Chilton, an enterprising entrepreneur and star of CBC's Dragon's den.
Along with Chilton, the evening was adorned with other guest speakers who shared thoughts and advice on business, networking and economics. The speeches fell on eager ears as every table of ten was accompanied by 2 Junior Achievers. The wonderful dinner was followed by both silent and live auctions with a wide variety of prizes to be won. The money from the event will go to funding future Junior Achiever programs in Central Ontario.
Junior Acheivers is a remarkable program that has reached over 65,000 students in the GTA alone and has been inspiring Canadian youth for over 50 years. With over 5,000 volunteers, Junior Achievers' aim is to teach students about money and economics. Govan Brown Partner, Jon Taylor, has since been asked to sit on the board of directors for JACO following the successful Governor's dinner.
On Wednesday, November 5, three lucky Govan Brown employees got the opportunity to attend Toronto's 10th annual What's On the Table benefit for the local Stop Community Food Centre. The evening, sponsored by Stonegate, took place at the Daniel's Spectrum in the reinvigorated Regent Park neighborhood. The elegant gathering was an occasion for the attendees to sample some of Toronto's premium cuisine while also funding the Stop Community Food Centre that strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality. Attending the event were some of Toronto's most respected chefs along with past volunteers of the Stop Community Food Centre.
The food and drink options ranged significantly in theme, style and inspiration, including wines hailing from Niagara, Maritime oysters, Italian rice balls, and Vietnamese Vermicelli to name a few. Along with ticket proceeds going to charity, there was also silent and live auctions to participate in that also went to charity. Of the many prizes to be won were nights at wine tasting venues, a fully butchered cow and a week in Tuscany. The enjoyable event aroused the charitable spirit of many organizations that have been impressed by the fun and success of past years.
Govan Brown was pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of What's On The Table as the event has proven to help those less fortuante while also being an effective and exciting fundraiser.
On Wednesday, October 29, Govan Brown employees took to the stairwells of downtown Toronto to raise money for the United Way. The climb, which took place in four different business towers in the core, combined to be over 231 flights of stairs and our participants, being the champs that they are, tackled every single set with enthusiasm. Beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon, our stair-stepping stars (Katrina, Ryan, Sarah, Jessica and Tyler) were first challenged by the intimidating 72 set staircase of First Canadian Place
That feat was then proceeded by a modest (in camparison) 50 sets in Commerce Court West, 54 sets in the TD Canada Trust North Tower, and finally, a grueling 55 sets in the Toronto Dominion Centre that took all the cardiovascular stamina of our lot to the limit. By 5:30, our team had exhausted their fuel and conquered the challenge of ascending four skyscapers in the name of charity. By the end of the day, the total fundraising efforts of the United Way stair climb totaled $68,000, all of which will go to support the building of healthy communities.
About the United Way:
United Way campaigns raise money for local groups that address community issues and problems, and the national organization provides leadership, services and coordination to the members. In Canada, United Ways and Centraides are led and supported by more than 200,000 volunteers all dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in their community. Volunteers sit on United Way-Centraide boards, work on local fundraising campaigns, and help out in other capacities. Each United Way-Centraide is responsible to its own community, raising the resources and distributing it back to their community. Each year, United Ways and Centraides raise upwards of $480 million, the majority of which is reinvested in local communities to support programs and services.
On Sunday, September 28th, 8 members of the Govan Brown staff took part in the Cycling 4 St, Joe's Charity bike ride near Eagle's Nest Golf Course in Caledon (north of Toronto). Money raised from the event went directly to St. Joe's Health Centre, one of the busiest emergency departments in the GTA. From the funds raised, participants and their donors were supporting training for St. Joe's physicians and staff, patients, facility renovations and medical equipment.
The ride provided the option of participating in 15, 45 or 75 km rides. Registration began at 7:30 am and the 250 participants through their fundraising efforts managed to raise over $215,000. The ride was followed by a lunch buffet and a closing awards cermony. Along with riding in the event, Govan Brown also acted as a valued sponsor of the ride. Impressively, our team managed to raise amongst themselves over $12,000. In our matching biking uniforms, we were quite the attraction out on the road. Also, while also looking flashy, the majority of our participants chose the grueling 75 km scenic route. It was an eventful day, and being able to participate in such a great cause was a rewarding experience for all involved.
About St. Joe's: A strong community needs great care close to home. This is what St. Joseph's Health Centre provides to the more than 500,000 people living in our neighborhood. This is where many of life's most profound moments happen every day. St. Joe's has the busiest and fastest Emergency Department in the GTA; is known as a leader in surgery, seniors care, and our pediatricians are ranked among the highest in the city.
What's On The Table is an event in Toronto that benefits The Stop Community Food Centre. The Stop Community Food Centre "strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community, and challenges inequality." To build momentum for the culminating event, members of Govan Brown attended The Stop & Stonegate's Special What's On The Table Kickoff Reception Tuesday, September 23rd. Govan Brown, a perennial sponsor for What's On the Table, has once again received a Silver Sponsorship designation for this year's event. we have been involved with the organization since 2007 and in that time, we have helped raise thousands of dollars for the cause.
What's On The Table resides in a long line of Govan Brown charity initiatives directed at improving health through diet and food access. The event on Tuesday, September 23rd was a preview of the month-and-a-half long run of festivities benefiting the foundation. The main event, held on November 5th, will take place in downtown Toronto at Daniel's Spectrum and will feature many of the fine dining options on display this past Tuesday.
Along with gourmet food prepared by top-tier chefs were a myriad of exquisite wines from Ontario's own Niagara region. The gorgeous evening was complemented by warm September weather enabling the guests to enjoy the second floor tearrace on-looking the sunset-lit skyline. The positivity of the occasion was reinforced by the fact that the space enjoyed throughout the evening was built by Govan Brown.
On November 8th, Govan Brown was proud to host a group of 8 youth from St. Alban's Boys and Girls club in our Toronto headquarters. St. Alban's, in partnership with Rogers' Raising the Grade Program, inquired as to whether Govan Brown may be able to provide some information to some of the youth that were interested in the prospect of one day becoming Project Managers and Site Superintendents. Upon arrival, the group was guided on a tour of the Govan Brown headquarters, settling into the executive boardroom for a presentation of Govan Brown's way of doing things and to ask Govan Brown employees about their jobs.
After a brief slideshow that showcased the events we throw and the charities we support along with also showing our latest Govan Brown video about the construction of our new space. Afterwards, two Govan Brown employees, Tom Mason and Jason Pereira, answered questions regarding their respective positions. Among the many queries, ears were most intently tuned to what educational channels should one pursue, how one were to enter the Estimating, Project Management or on-site fields, and invevitably, how much does one make in the construction management industry.
These questions we're answered in full and hopefully provided our guests with a better understanding of the industry and Govan Brown as a whole. The evening was wrapped up with a few games of pool then the boys and girls of St. Alban's left with some new Govan Brown swag. It is our hope that we provided an insight to the fortitude required to pursue this line of work while also providing some inspiration to meet their goals and become construction professionals. We hope to work with St. Albans Boys and Girls Club again soon.
Govan Brown held their annual summer party on June 21st at Wychwood Barns in Toronto's midtown neighborhood. The location offered a unique combination of semi-indoor dining areas with neighboring green space for games and activities. It was a great opportunity to meet each other's family in a very relaxed setting. We often spend so much with other individuals in the Govan Brown family without ever getting to know the people closest to them; the family fun day was a great way to spend time with oour offices friends and their families.
There was a wide variety of delectable food options, from customizable wood oven pizzas, BBQ ribs, a wide array of salads, an open bar and Govan Brown signature beverages. We were also treated to the talents of a face painter and ballon artist. For those feeling active, their lay a volleybal and badminton court just feet away from the dining area. Refreshment later in the afternoon was delivered in the form of an ice cream bar to combat the heat of the warm June Saturday. The day which began at 3 in the afternoon was well attended and accommodated the needs of all-comers.
The family-friendly affair was an overwhelming success and Govan Brown looks forward to hosting the second annual Family Fun Day next year.
Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE) held their 5th annual Charity Golf Classic at Angus Glen Golf and Country Club on Thursday, June 19th, 2014. The event was well attended by Govan Brown employees who joined the other 300 golfers on the links. The annual tournament began in 2009 as a fundraiser benefiting the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital.
CBRE's intended goal was to raise $5 million dollars in 5 years, and as of this year's tournament, they have raised over $5.2 million with this event alone having risen over $1.2 million. The Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre is home to Canada's largest vision health program, treating over 85,000 patients and performing over 4,200 surgeries each year in an attempt to delay age-related blindness and other vision related illnesses.
The tournament was capped by an elegant dinner and a well-delivered speech by CBRE's own Greg Moore. Govan Brown and our employees were proud to take part in the day's festivities and donate to a good cause.