Each of our locations gets involved at the office level with various projects in or for the community; but also, many team members are quite involved in their communities as individual contributors, doing everything from coaching sports teams, to participating in charitable events, to volunteering with community organizations. Some examples of Triton’s charitable support and company sponsorships include: BC Children’s Hospital, CIBC Run for the Cure, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Project Parent North, The United Way, Rotary International, Sun Peaks Alpine Ski Club, Sto:Lo Ice Hawks and the Terrace Symphony Orchestra.
Relay for Life is a 24-hour relay in support of the Canadian Cancer Society, where participants take turns walking continuously for 24 hours–this year Prince George’s event was Saturday May 13 to Sunday May 14 10am to 10am. The Prince George event is always a big one and this year was no exception. Our PG staff, the “Triton Tenderfoots”, took part for the third year in a row, and this year they topped the $5,000 fundraising mark, raising a total of $5,628.20. Followers of our Twitter account got to keep up with the action throughout the weekend as Operations Manager Dave Warburton “live tweeted” the event. Well done to all the staff involved. Everyone who has participated in this event over the past three years should be congratulated as we could not have done this without your support. Great work everyone!
The Kamloops downtown Rotary club has started a program called Starfish, aimed at ending child hunger – while many schools offer breakfast and lunch programs, this initiative involves sending home backpacks of food for the weekend. Triton was 1 of the 10 companies to sponsor the first round of backpacks for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year, going to Arthur Hatton elementary school in Kamloops. Triton Biologist Andrea Johnston (far left) was on-hand for the program kick-off. For more information check out the link here to a story on CFJC Today news.
Nine staff members from Triton’s Vancouver office again took some time on their lunch hour to make sandwiches for the homeless. About 150 sandwiches were delivered to the downtown eastside via the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. This brings our total of donated sandwiches to about 1,200 since the initiative started in 2015.
For the past three years, Triton has supported HOPEthiopia in its Eyes of Hope Ophthalmic Services Project. The project offers free eye care services including cataract correction, trachoma surgery, and refractive error correction in the Harbu Chulule area of Oromia, Ethiopia. The burden of eye disease is extremely high in this region; an estimated 8% of adults over the age of 40 are blind from diseases that are often both preventable and curable. Unfortunately, eye care services are extremely scarce in the region and travelling to major cities for treatment is not financially feasible for most. Triton has shown its support for this organization through prize donations and attendance at the annual silent auction fundraiser. Triton Calgary employee Kristen Vinke has been quite involved in running this fundraiser event, and Triton donated $200 to the cause at this year’s fundraiser on Nov. 18. The event donation page can be found at the link here.
Staff from Triton’s Prince George office once again accepted the baton and participated in the Canadian Cancer Society’s 24 hour Relay For Life on May 7. Thirteen staff participated, as well as a few spouses and children joining in for support, walking for periods of 1 to 2 hours at a time. Together the “Triton Tenderfoots” team tracked their activity with a Fitbit logger that was passed between them, recording 143,427 steps or 113 km over the 24hr period! As of the relay weekend, the team had raised $4,683.85, a significant portion of which came from Triton employees. It also includes a $500 from the proceeds of a fundraising garage sale and BBQ held in April.
UPDATE: The 2016 Prince George Relay For Life has once again been named the No.1 Relay in Canada for a third straight year, raising over $557,000!
Triton’s Vancouver office has hosted four staff events to-date to prepare and donate sandwiches – about 1,050 sandwiches so far. Making sandwiches is a great way to contribute to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community of homeless and vulnerable adults, and it makes a tremendous difference. Studies show that meal programs have a dramatic, immediate, and measurable effect on vulnerable populations. The company has been providing the sandwich fixings and Triton staff have been volunteering time over their lunch hours to make sandwiches (PB&J and ham & cheese) – an excellent effort that we’re sure is much appreciated.
Triton is proud to be a platinum sponsor for the Sun Peaks Alpine Team (youth under 16) again for the 2015-2016 season. As well, our VP Bill Rublee is one of the team’s coaches.
Staff from the Prince George office (the “Triton Tenderfoots”) participated in the 24 hour Relay For Life held in Prince George May 9-10, 2015, to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. The team raised a total of $4,246.25 in donations with a considerable amount coming from Triton employees.
Over the 24 hour period we had 12 staff participate walking for periods of 1 to 3 hours at a time (as well as a few spouses and children joining in for support). Together the team tracked their activity with a Fitbit logger passed between them, recording a total of 146,254 steps or 68.21 miles over the 24 hour period.
As promised, PG Operations Manager Dave Warburton donated an additional $10 for each 10,000 steps taken, for a total of $146.25 that brought our final total to $4,246.25 which more than doubled our original fundraising goal of $2,000! The city of Prince George ended up being the No. 1 Relay for Life city in Canada. With donations still coming in into the summer, the total had surpassed $519,000, giving Prince George the title for the second year in a row.
Several staff from Triton’s Kamloops office volunteered at February’s Special Olympics BC Winter Games, held in Kamloops February 19-21, 2015
Bill Rublee participated with Estsek’ on the Canoe Pull Journey in early August, a First Nations canoe voyage that took place from Mara Lake through to the Tk’emlups Indian Band and Riverside Park. We actively participated in the Simpcw Canoe Aug 1-2 for the leg down the South Thompson River. Estsek’ sponsored the Simpcw Canoe with great looking t-shirts. It was an interesting and valuable experience interacting with many BC First Nations as well as both RCMP and DFO representatives that participated in the event.
A few women in our Terrace office took part in the Mr. Mike’s Beach Volleyball Tournament during the Terrace Riverboat Days on August 3 and 4, 2014. Much fun was had by all!
The Prince George office has several alumni of University of Northern British Columbia and supports the university, including their Charity Golf Tournament in July 2013, an annual fundraiser UNBC’s Alumni sponsor to raise money for the UNBC Athletics Department. Triton entered two teams and sponsored one of the holes.
The Vancouver Sun Run April 27 was a success for Team Trout of the Ordinary! Everyone survived and had a great time. Thanks to everyone who ran and those who were out to support the runners! To keep the running spirit alive the Vancouver office is planning to continue running together each Wednesday at 5pm from the office, for those who want to participate.
Michelle Scott is also looking at registering Triton for another race including Run for H20 which supports awareness of sustainable clean water projects in Guatemalan communities, or the Longest Day Run which is a fundraiser for finding a cure for Type-1 Diabetes.