Celebrating Our Past, Present and Future
As we stand poised at the launch of a new year, let’s pause, take a breath while we celebrate our past, present and future.
In 2017, Canadians will welcome visitors from around the world to celebrate our Sesquicentennial with us – we’re 150 years’ young. Since we are so proud of our country, we’ll seize this opportunity to show it off.
Think back to where we’ve come from. Start with our Indigenous peoples, move on to the explorers, builders, artists, writers, inventors, athletes and to so many more who have contributed to the innovative and respected nation that we live in today.
We are so happy to be part of the celebration. In fact, we’ll celebrate a milestone birthday of our own. On February 2, we toast to five years as The Howes Group. It may pale in comparison to 150 years, but the people we serve and advocate for, the clients who trust us to do our very best for them, the people who work here…we’re all very proud of what we’ve accomplished together.
We’re probably most excited about what 2017 promises for you. Watch for changes in our newsletter and our website. Most of all, as we grow, we’ll keep on top of the trends and technologies that will continue to assist the most important people of all, our clients.
Finally, our best wishes for this New Year, and all the memories we will build together.
TOP 5: Benefits of Volunteering
Make volunteering your resolution.
Just because 2017 is here doesn’t mean it’s too late to make a New Year’s resolution.
There’s still time.
If you are looking for an idea to make a better 2017 for business, our community or for yourself, why not volunteer? Whether you volunteer for an organization with ties to the meetings industry such as Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) or the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) or a completely different opportunity that is focused on charity, there are many benefits when you work without a paycheque.
Here are the top five benefits when you roll up your sleeves and work for the greater good:
- Learn – As a volunteer you learn new environments, face different challenges and connect with new people. You will learn new skills, gain knowledge and discover alternate approaches to solving a problem. An added benefit is that you take these new experiences back to your day job. It’s a win-win for everyone.
- Teach – You have a lifetime of skills and experience accumulated that you can share with other volunteers, who in turn will bring it back to their day jobs.
- Expand your network – When you work in a different role you will meet potential future employees, employers, clients, suppliers and friends.
- Be a community builder – Think of the example you will set for future generations, such as your younger co-workers, children and relatives. You demonstrate that volunteers make a real difference. It is an important and worthwhile endeavour.
- And finally, be happy – The same principle of ‘it is better to give than to receive’ applies to volunteering. Studies have shown that giving back to our community kindles happiness and a greater sense of belonging. As a result, everyone benefits.
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