We believe that being part of our community isn't just a statement on geography. For us, it's about having a positive impact on those around us. We find engaging ways for staff to participate in community-building events.
A few years ago we started something new. In place of a staff Christmas party, Maritime Systems employees adopted a "Giving Back" event that was held during February. The goal of this event was to raise much needed funds for a local charity, Feeding Others of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.), which has been providing hearty meals to the community for over 20 years. The party was a huge hit and has become the social event of the year. To date, we have raised over $10,000.
At the start of Spring employees volunteer their green thumbs to plant and tend to raised vegetable gardens located at the front of our building. We are rewarded with a healthy crop of organic produce, including potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beans, beets, peppers, peas and spinach. Employees purchase the fresh vegetables and all proceeds go to F.O.O.D. Buy Local. Support Local.
We are truly committed to supporting a variety of charities. With so many worthy causes to support we set up our Community Working Group to manage our fundraising efforts.
We fundraise through special lunches, bake sales, social events, food drives, and 50/50 draw.
Our annual dunk tank is just one of the creative ways we engage staff, have some laughs and raise money.
Recently we have fundraised or donated funds to:
We are proud of, and nurture, our relationships with the outstanding academic institutes in our community.
Since 2009 we have sponsored the Dalhousie Privateers entry into the internationally renowned Marine Advanced Technology Education Centre (MATE) ROV competition. Each year the team competes and earns top honors and acclamations. We always look forward to supporting them and see their entries.
We have formed partnerships with the business schools at Dalhousie (DAL) and Saint Mary's (SMU) universities, including facilitating commerce and corporate MBA co-op placements as well as students conducting in-depth research projects. We also foster work placements from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in several programs, including the Business Administration program. Most recently, we formed a collaboration that includes Simon Fraser University (SFU) for research and development.
Every year we award two student bursaries to children or grandchildren of employees who are attending post-secondary education. The bursaries are awarded in memory of two well loved employees who sadly passed away, Tammy Trider and Heather Foston.