One of the perks of having an office in Toronto is our proximity to the Rogers Centre and Canada's only professional baseball team, the Blue Jays. After work one summer evening, 45 Govan Brown employees visited the ballpark to see our Jays battle American League rivals, Houston Astros. Seated ideally on the right field fould line, our large consortium of cheering fans, with home-fashioned signs coordinated a synchronized message for the home team.
On the court of three, our staff stood up and displayed a combined sign that read "Govan Brown Love the Jays" landing us a spot on the coveted jumbo-tron. With our primary goal achieved, we settled in to watch the rest of the game. With pitcher, Mark Buehrle, on the mound, the Blue Jays cruised to a 4-0 win, scoring three runs in the seventh inning to seal the deal. Elevated by the win, our staff departed with foam finger relics of a great sporting evening.
Govan Brown's heavy involvement and active participation in sports is a cornerstone of our organization. We take pride in the team of our cites and our communities, from kids to professionals. We look forward to attending another game this summer and once again earning a place on the largest screen in Canadian Baseball.
On Thursday June 20th, 2013, Govan Brown joined hundreds of industry leaders at the 4th annual Beach Ball. All money raised during the event from sponsorships, ticket sales and the various activities throughout the evening go to the fight against women's cancers.
The evening involved live entertainment silent auction, a sandcastle building contest, a raffle, photo booths and much, much more. In the 3 years since Beach Ball began, with the goal of supporting the fight against women's cancers, over $80,000.00 has been raised for the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Odette Cancer Centre.
Govan Brown was proud to be part of the organizing team for the event, and have the opportunity to be involved with such a life-saving cause for the 4th year in a row. Govan Brown is very much looking forward to Beach Ball 2014!
On Friday, April 19, 2013, Govan Brown hit the streets for the 3rd consecutive year to participate in the annual Toronto 20-minute Makeover. Armed with dozens of GLAD® garbage bags provided by the City, our staff volunteers worked together to rid our city of the litter that accumulated over the winter months.
At Govan Brown, we believe this initiative not only brings our community closer together, but also expresses our commitment to protecting and improving the environment. The urban clean-up program was implemented over a decade ago and has since been supported by the Mayor each year.
The program calls on businesss, schools and the community at large to come together each April for 20 minutes and do their part in making Toronto a beautiful place to live. Govan Brown is proud to be part of this program and thanks everyone who participated.
On Thursday, March 21, 2013, BLJC and Govan Brown co-hosted their 4th casino event at the Hilton Suites in Markham benefitting Leaders for the Cure. Over 500 guests attended the evening that featured live and silent auctions, a variety of fun casino-style games and entertainment that kept the crowd upbeat and energetic through the night.
This year's event raised an astounding $67,000.00! Congratulations to CBCF board members Gord Hicks of BLJC and Jon Taylor of Govan Brown for their dedication and support to CBCF by raising in total over $237,000.00 through this outstanding event over the past four years. The CBCF would also like to thank Deloitte for supporting this event as the title sponsor, as well as all other sponsors and supporters.
Undoubtedly, the spectacular results of this event could not have been achieved without the tremendous support of its volunteers. Thank you and congratulations on your success!
Govan Brown is commited to its community and we get involved, wherever and whenever we can. This year, in an effort to fundraise and raise awareness for prostate cancer, we'll be participating in Movember. In this month-long, nationwide initiative, you'll see Govan Brown employees sporting moustaches (mo's) of varying shapes and sizes.
During the month of November, we'll be fundraising and educating people on men's health through various platforms including but not limited to a moustache photo op, walk-a-thon, bake sale and pot luck lunch. All of the proceeds we raise will be donated to Prostate Cancer Canada (via Movember.com). We have a total of 4 teams from all of our offices across the country: Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver who will each have their own donation page on the Movember.com website.
There are only 6 rules to adhere to. They are:
1. All participants must be clean shaven by November 1st (as weekly progression photos will be taken and displayed).
2. Moustache's only. Goatee's, full bears and hair under the chin are not acceptable.
3. The moustache has to be naturally grown AND kept throughout the entire month of November.
4. For the female participants: As with real moustaches, they grow each day so all fake moustaches must show some form of evolution each week.
5. Raise as much money and awareness as possible.
6. Have fun. It's for a great cause!
What is prostate cancer? According to Prostate Cancer Canada, 'Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. One is seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is a disease where some prostate cells have lost normal control of growth and division. They no longer function as healthy cells. A cancerous prostate cell has the following reatures: uncontrolled growth, abnormal struction and the ability to move to other parts of the body (invasiveness). It is important to note that not all clusters of cells growing in a mass are cancerous, and that a prostate with an irregular shape is not necessarily cancerous either. It is advisable to ask your doctor what it may be. Prostate cancer can be slow-growing and some men who develop prostate cancer may live many years without ever having the cancer detected. It is important to get screened regularly so that if you do develop prostate cancer, the appropriate action can be taken. A significant proportion of prostate cancers, if untreated, may have serious consequences.'
Govan Brown is an avid supporter of the Bennett Beach Bash hosted by Bennett Designs. Each year, Bennett Designs hosts a 'gnarly' beach party at the Balmy Beach Club in the Beaches area, where their guests feast on tasty bbq and are treated to a 'radical' concert performed by Govan Brown's own, Government Brown. The fundraiser which includes a silent auction is in support of women's cancers.
The event also hosts a Dodgeball Tournament amongst all of its sponsors. Govan Brown's team, The Wrecking Balls, consisting of team members Dave Allen, Kayleigh Dobbin, Emily Haile, Sophia Yilmaz, Jennifer Batson, John Black, Cameron Hester and Mark Small all went to battle on the Balmy Beach Club sand and lost against their mighty opponents; their egos still suffering from the blow to their heads. This year, the event raised $25,000.00 to be donated to the new Sunnybrook Health Sciences Cancer Centre.
Govan Brown embarked on a month-long fundraiser from April 27-May 24 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. There were 5 teams in total. Breast Foot Forward, Breast Friends, Breast Intentions, Rack 'N Roll and Simply The Breast. The fundraiser started off with 3 challenges all worth $500 each to be won.
The challenges included the following:
1. Relay Race - winner Breast Foot Forward
2. Dexterity Challenge - winners Breast Friends and Rack 'N Roll
3. Photo Scavenger Hunt - winner Simply The Breast
Each team coordinated their own events to raise money which included a 10km walk-a-thon, bake sales, pot lucks, raffles and swear jars. 1 Relay Race, 3 Dexterity Challenges, 1 Photo Scavenger Hunt, 1 Walk-a-Thon, a heap of 'friendly' collegial comradery and several bruised egos later ... and we managed to raise $45,000.00 to be donated to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
The winning team Simply The Breast managed to raise the most amount of money, which was matched by Govan Brown. They truly are, Simply The Breast. Sandra Palmaro, CEO of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation writes, "Congratulations, Govan Brown on your incredible fundraising success! I'd like to sincerely thank everyone at Govan Brown for your support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as well as congratulate you on successfully fundraising an incredible $45,000 through your Charity Challenge Campaign. Undoubtedly, your enthusiasm and creativity paired with a dose of good natured competition is a fantastic example of how individuals are able to channel an existing culture of teamwork to make an impressive contribution toward a future without breast cancer. We are most appreciative of your dedication and efforts. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Foundation's success has been, and always will be, dependent on the passionate support and involvement of volunteers and donors, like you. Thanks to fundraising, you will help to ensure that essential research and programs are available to assist tens of thousands of Ontarians affected by breast cancer each year. Once again, a sincere thank you, Govan Brown for your outstanding support."
Honorable mentions go out to all of our friends, families, clients, vendors, trades and suppliers for all their donations and support throughout this event, without whom, would not have been as successful as it was. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this great cause.
In honour of Earth Day (April 22), Govan Brown employees participated in the annual Toronto 20-Minute Make-over on April 20, cleaning up areas in the neighborhood that needed a lot of attention. Participants scoured the block of residents and shops on Queen Street West and Portland Street (The Fashion District) and picked up garbage on the sidewalks, streets and alleyways. The event is hosted by the City of Toronto whose aim is to get all businesses, patrons and residents in their community to do their part in keeping Toronto one of the world's most livable cities.
Govan Brown participants included John Black, Kayleigh Dobbin, C.J Lewis, Wylie Poon, Rose Rencius, Mark Small, Ryan Tacderas, Jennifer Thomas, Sophia Yilmaz, George Yu and Serena Zeng.
Govan Brown employees were challenged to walk up the CN Tower to raise funds and awareness for the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) on Thursday, April 19. They conquered all 144 flights or 1,776 steps with tremendous athletic vigor to reach the top. Govan Brown employees included Brian Tumbagahan, Cameron Hester, Emily Haile, Kayleigh Dobbin, Jennifer Thomas, Mark Small and Sophia Yilmaz.
All participants made it to the top in record time, with Emily having completed the challenge in 16 minutes and 55 seconds. It was definitely a step in the right direction.