Published on January 7, 2020
Giving Back at the City of St. Albert
Throughout the year, City of St. Albert staff and administrators make efforts to give back to the community where we all work and where many of us live. As employees of the City, our teams work with common values in mind to strive to ensure that all our actions align with the commitments we’ve made to ourselves, our teams and our community. These commitments include teamwork, pride, innovation, caring and, last but not least, service. Part of this final commitment is the pledge to have positive interactions with the community and seek to enhance those interactions where possible.
The holiday season is an extra special time for us at the City. As the snow falls and the lights go up, our teams get to work on initiatives that allow us to give back in new ways to the community we work hard for every day. Below is a summary of some of the ways our teams gave back to the community over the 2019 holiday season. We hope you enjoyed time with your family and friends and wish you a happy and safe 2020!
The team in the Public Works Department raised $807 and purchased $576 worth of toys for the Kinette Fill-A-Bus Campaign! The rest of the money was used to purchase gift cards for older kids in need. The team raised money through several initiatives, including taking orders from other staff for custom-designed tree ornaments.
Children’s Christmas Party
Each year, a group of staff from throughout the City’s departments organize a children’s Christmas party for the kids of St. Albert City employees. Part of the event involves collecting donations of toys for the Kinette Club Toy Christmas Hamper. Throughout the holiday season, the toy bin that was left out for contributions was filled six times over with toys that were added to the hampers going to local families.
Staff Christmas Party
The City of St. Albert’s annual Staff Christmas Party is not only a time for year-end celebration but also a time where City staff are once again in the giving spirit. At the 2019 party, nearly 300 pounds of food was collected for the St. Albert Food Bank.
Sometimes, it doesn’t even take a party to open the door for generosity among our staff here at the City. This past holiday season, a bunch of departments took it upon themselves to organize and open their hearts to generosity:
Assessment Services and Economic Development
Participated in a charity gift exchange to collect toys to be wrapped and donated to the Salvation Army for kids in need.
Collected 375 pounds of food for the St. Albert Food Bank.
Community Services supports St. Albert residents in throwing block parties in their neighbourhoods over the summer months. Groups are always encouraged to collect donations for the Food Bank. Additionally, the department spent January of 2019 promoting mental health in our community. Part of that initiative included members of the Mental Wellness Working Table handing out mental wellness bags to early morning commuters and students at the Village Landing Transit Station. The group will be doing the same good work this month in 2020.
The Giving Tree
Over December, the Servus Credit Union Place Christmas Tree and a Christmas Tree at Fountain Park were decorated with toques, hats, mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. At the end of the campaign, the Recreation and Parks staff delivered the warm gear to the St. Albert Community Village to help keep our city warm this winter! On top of their efforts to collect outer wear for those in need, the staff at Servus Place also generously offered to host the Kinette Hamper Campaign as a collection/drop off location by giving the group space to store the donations until the hampers were assembled. Through the initiative, 215 families were helped this year, with 500 toy bags assembled and each child in every deserving family receiving a bag.
City of St. Albert Giving Local Charity Fund
Every year, the City of St. Albert staff selects a local charity to contribute to throughout the year. 2019 was dedicated to the St. Albert Family Resource Centre. Throughout the year, events were held to provide an opportunity for staff to come together, have fun and raise money for the important role that the Family Resource Centre plays in our community. Events included a Golf Tournament, hosted by the City of St. Albert’s Social Club, that raised over $900 for the Giving Local Charity Fund. Various other events were hosted over the year with proceeds benefitting this great cause. Altogether, the City of St. Albert is proud to have delivered a cheque for $6906.45 to the St. Albert Family Resource Centre on behalf of all staff at the City. Next year, we’ll pick a new charity, and the fun will begin all over again!
Cultivating Care is an initiative that encourages St. Albertans to give back over the holiday season. At this event, St. Albert staff host community members and staff to assemble Christmas kits for seniors and deserving families throughout St. Albert. This year, 94 seniors’ kits were assembled for distribution through the St. Albert Food Bank. Additionally, the BAM youth group that is run through the City helped to deliver these kits to seniors’ residences all over town.
Staff from around the City joined forces and grew out their ‘staches! Together, the team of brave men (and thank you to their patient and understanding spouses for the month of furry upper lips!) raised $3,360 towards the Movember Initiative.
Together, the City of St. Albert staff are committed to making St. Albert a better, more connected and vibrant place to live. We are committed to the residents of our community and work hard every day to ensure we live our best version of the values we hold for our work at the City. We look forward to a bright new year alongside our residents as we strive to uphold our reputation as one of the best places to live and work in Canada!
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Last edited: January 8, 2020