A new year is upon us! Here at Schooley Mitchell, we’re excited about what 2016 has in store. We’ve got fantastic momentum propelling us forward and the past year has been incredible for us. We worked hard to save our clients millions of dollars on telecom and merchant services. We grew considerably and welcomed more consultants to our team. Simply put, 2015 was great.
But one of the things we enjoyed most is giving back. It makes us proud that our franchisees are engaged and involved in their communities, volunteering at events and helping raise funds for local charities. Here at Schooley Mitchell head office, we were busy as well.
We continued our annual tradition by participating in Movember. Dennis Schooley put forth another valiant attempt to grow a moustache and Schooley Mitchell consultants came together to support (and snicker!). Together, we raised $1,500, which Schooley Mitchell Franchisee Success Manager Jessica Fritzley and Franchise and Business Development Specialist Julia Allum presented to Dianne Mohr, manager of the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. The money will go to support prostate cancer research.
Another major project was our Christmas donation to Grade 1 students in Attawapiskat First Nation, a remote community in Northern Ontario. We filled stockings with books, toys, socks, toothbrushes and other goodies, and shipped it off in a giant box. Their teacher teased them by keeping it at the back of the room for a few days before they were allowed to open it. She reports the students were brimming with excitement when the contents were finally revealed. We truly hope we helped make their holiday a bit more special. They deserve it! Check out more photographs on the Schooley Mitchell Facebook page.
We’re working on wrapping up one final initiative: a donation to support several families of Syrian refugees who are locating in the community of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, where Schooley Mitchell Head Office is located. Before Christmas, employees came together and donated hundreds of dollars to the cause. We will soon be presenting a gift card to the first family to arrive, which will allow them to purchase groceries and other personal items of daily living they may still require.
January is a time when many people set goals for the coming year, so here is a challenge to all of you: we want you to go the extra mile to make a difference this year. Find a new cause and open your heart. Spend time volunteering to help those who need it most. Continue your support of your favourite charity by stepping up your game. No gesture is insignificant. We can make our communities, and the world, a better place.
Looking forward to working with you all in 2016!