At Sim, we strive to support the communities where our employees live and work. We want to invest in programs and initiatives that have a sustaining impact. We also believe that community outreach should come from within as well. Our employees are our biggest asset and we work hard to foster a culture of fulfillment and meaning. Each year, our staff are given a paid day off to do meaningful, purpose-driven and passion-aligned work at a local organization of their choice. For a company of about 500 employees, it’s a great way to make a local impact.
Our employees are passionate about different things and want to donate their time in different ways. Sebastien Porlier (Department Head, Cable at Sim Lighting + Grip in Vancouver) spent his Sim volunteer day (and many more!) with The 501st Legion, a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by fans. While the 501st was initially founded to unite costumers with a penchant for Star Wars, one of their missions is to bring good to local communities through charity and volunteer work. In Vancouver, The 501st partners with many fundraising events for the BC Children’s Hospital, the BC Lung Association, and many others. All proceeds raised at each event go towards the charity that the 501st was enlisted to support.
Howie Shin, CSR at Lighting + Grip Vancouver, runs a volunteer non-profit organization called First Aid Ski Patrol on Grouse & Hollyburn Mountain. The organization provides medical aid to injured skiers, snowboarders & guests, as well as risk management, safety operations, customer service and accident investigations. Howie used his volunteer day to complete a weekday shift on Grouse Mountain.
Since 2013, Andrea Lorimer (Payroll Manager) has been making and delivering beauty boxes for women at Sheway, a pregnancy outreach program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Many of the shelter’s residents are fleeing domestic violence and leave their homes with just their children and the clothes on their backs – they have very little. Andrea gathers up beauty supplies, from lip stick, to facial masks, feminine products and lotions, wraps them in boxes, and delivers them to the shelter a few times a year.
In Toronto, DJ Dallaire (Department Head – Transport, Facilities & Premises) donates his time to the Canada Youth Movement, providing Muaythai and self-defence training for youth in a safe and supportive environment. He also assists the organization with an anti-bullying campaign and one that aims to promote diversity from a young age.
From Star Wars to first aid to women’s shelters, there really is no limit to what a group of passionate, purpose-driven individuals can do and how they make a direct impact in the communities in which we operate. For more information on the local organizations that Sim is involved with, click here. Click here to learn more about our Purpose.