Since 1969, the heart of our business has always been to invest in the communities we live and serve. We value giving back and showing how we care and share with others through volunteering, and this continues to be key in our success.
The Value of One, The Power of Many is the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week, and in living our core values, We Care, We Share, We Invest, We Grow - and our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility- we are proud to celebrate the contributions of our teammates who are making an impact in their communities across northern and western Canada.
Here is how Crowe MacKay #VolunteersBringChange to their communities.
A Compelling Mandate Led to Joining the Board
Vickie Whitehead, Director of Indigenous Services, was personally invited to volunteer as Treasurer for the Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS) Board. Although Vickie was already quiet engaged within the community, sitting on two other boards, VAHS' mandate was so compelling she agreed to take on the role.
VAHS is on the front lines of supporting urban Indigenous people located in Vancouver's downtown eastside. With grants from the government and donations, the organization provides support programs in the form of medical and dental, childcare, early childhood education, access to cultural practices, and elder support. Most clients who visit the society would otherwise not have access to these kinds of supports and VAHS is able to offer them in a culturally appropriate way that is safe.
I'm making a difference by pitching in when needed to review a policy or program application and training the Board on the exciting topics of fiduciary duty and analyzing financial statements. – Vickie Whitehead
On top of joining an organization whose mandate Vickie is passionate about, she's also been able to reconnect with a past colleague from 20 years prior who's now VAHS' Executive Director.
Supporting an Organization that's Close to Home
For Hugh Livingstone, Partner in the Vancouver office, supporting the healthcare system is something very important to him. He has been serving as a member of the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and UBC Hospital Foundation's Investment, Finance, and Audit Committee for the last two years, and recently expanded his efforts in working and supporting their Brain Breakthroughs campaign. Having seen the work of VGH's doctors first-hand as they saved his son, Andrew's, life, Hugh wanted to give back and support the campaign in reaching their goal of raising $35 million.
It's an honour to volunteer alongside other Vancouver leaders and support this group of dedicated medical professionals – Hugh Livingstone
Helping Women's Hockey & Offering Hot Lunches to Kids in Need
Lana Lisak, an Associate in the Vancouver office, volunteers as a Hockey Canada Safety Person (HCSP) with the Vancouver Female Hockey Association. As a volunteer of four years, Lana's responsibilities have dramatically increased due to COVID-19 and the changing restrictions and mandatory screening.
This year, she also volunteered with KidSafe and their Spring Break delivery initiative. Lana delivered hot breakfast to local schools that were running programs for vulnerable children and youth during periods when schools are traditionally closed.
Recognizing Local Heroes
As a Programming Committee member with Net Impact, Alexis Troup, Marketing Specialist, assisted with the planning of the organization's Annual General Meeting (AGM). Initially, the committee was to plan and host a Jeffersonian dinner where an intimate group of people would dine together, discussing a specific topic related to business and sustainability, but because of COVID-19 the committee had to pivot and get creative in hosting the AGM virtually. The theme "local heroes" emerged in light of the impacts of the pandemic and the group brought in four local Edmonton heroes who were supporting people and businesses through these uncertain times. Alexis share's that:
The local heroes AGM was a great event and brought to light Edmonton's beaming sense of community and local support.
Supporting the Profession since 2017
Since 2017, Brianne Formosa, a Manager in the Vancouver office, has been an active volunteer with CPABC as a CPA Ambassador. She represents CPABC at a variety events sharing her insights with prospective candidates interested in pursuing a career in accounting. Common events you may see Brianne at include career panels, information sessions at universities, and as a judge at local competitions, just to name a few.
Brianne continues to volunteer with CPABC because she believes she can provide helpful advice and information to prospective students and candidates exploring a career in accounting. She also enjoys being able to give back to the profession and connect with other CPAs in the process.
Six Years as a Board Member
For the last six years Candace Surette, Director of Quality, has been involved with the Kelowna Art Gallery as the Treasurer of their board; however, this year has been the most challenging year yet due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a Director for the Kelowna Art Gallery she's been tasked with helping the gallery keep people safe, follow their mandate, and work to stay relevant, all while dealing with uncertainty. This is in addition to Candace's duties as treasurer where she oversees in the gallery's financial management, helping to ensure donations and public funds are utilized in the most effective way possible.
Volunteering for Candace has always been about giving back to the community she belongs to. Despite all of the challenges she's faced in her role this past year, Candace is glad she's been able to continue volunteering, as it's kept her feeling connected during these unprecedented times.
An Aviation Advocate
Crowe MacKay Partner and aviation industry leader, Jack Lazareff, sits on the BC Aviation Council (BCAC) Board serving as the Treasurer for the past two years. Originally joining BCAC as a volunteer on the Silver Wings Awards Committee, Jack gave his time to organizing this annual event recognizing the achievements within BC's aviation industry, and gifting over $60,000 in scholarships to students making aviation and aerospace career choices.
Jack takes pride in being active in BC's aviation community and advising BCAC on their fiduciary responsibilities through his professional experience as an accountant. With a passion for aviation, Jack proudly serves as a very active Board member and an avid aviator with a private pilot's license.
A Year of Support from a Distance
With the decrease in gatherings and increase in social distancing this past year, Crowe MacKay showed their support from a distance, ensuring organizations could still operate during the unprecedent times while keeping communities safe.
Since last National Volunteer Week, our firm has donated over $52,000 to local not-for-profits. See below for a list of some of the organizations we've supported in the last year.