Making Time for our Community
Gemstone Logistics is a company that takes pride in our community. Each year our team works with local organizations to give back our community. Our humble team of software developers, technical support staff, and travel agents generously donate their time to these events.
Throughout the years we've sponsored a number of different sports teams, from junior swimmers to basketball players. Along with annual Christmas sponsorship to a local family, Gemstone participates in the Big Hearts for Big Kids fundraiser every year.
In 2014 our company dynamic started to shift, for the first time we were able to organize events going out into the community. Our head office team spent time at the Little Warriors Be Brave Ranch helping with renovations prior to opening day. We adjusted our hats and spent the day painting and laying flooring in bedrooms. As well as helping with general clean up around the property.
Some of Gemstone's values include Fun and Empowerment. When the ACE Cheerleading Athletes Association qualified for the World Championships in Orlando Florida and were looking for donations to help get their three teams to the Worlds, Gemstone was there to help make that happen! 2015 was a sports oriented year as we also sponsored the 2015-2016 U of A Swim Team Calendar.
Members of the Gemstone team spent two days with the families and kids at the Bissell Centre's Moonlight Bay Kid's Camp. We helped camp organizers with meal preparation and all kinds of activities with the kids including kayaking, basketball, frisbee, and board games! The second day of camp was the last day so our team also helped tidy the cabins, and bagged all the left overs for the families to take home with them.
Some of our team participated in a blood drive here in Sherwood Park. As well for our annual Christmas donation we worked with the Christmas Bureau.
Our team donated:canned goods, fruit, vegetables, turkey with all the fixings, and numerous other items for a Christmas Feast!
A couple Gemstone Elves delivered this bundle to a lovely family who was so grateful for the donation.
Cleaning was top of mind this year as we participated in Strathcona County’s Pitch In program. We battled cool, cloudy, rainy conditions on our first day. Luckily, Mother Nature was kind on the second and brought us warmth and sunshine.
A number of interesting items were uncovered in our 20 large bags of garbage. We discovered:
- high heel boots
- numerous pieces of household carpet
- discarded clothing
- remains from previous fireworks shows
- and a surprisingly large amount of Styrofoam from the lake itself
It's wonderful to work for a company that encourages us to band together and support our community in so many different ways!