By Jacquie Li
Trying to make plans with my family often takes a week’s worth of messages, numerous sent and cancelled Google invites, and conversations which almost always devolve into a debate over who should change their plans to accommodate the rest. Do you know who gets to hear about all of this? My coworkers. The one group of people in my life that I don’t have to make plans to see, because I see themall the time. I see them more than I see my family, and you probably do too - your coworkers, that is. Not mine.
This isn’t a unique insight - it’s been said that the average person will spend 90,000 hours of their life at work - the four of us at Calgary Corporate Challenge, however, are in a unique position. One wherein work-life balance is a part of our job. In the time that we’ve worked together so far, we’ve managed to strike a pretty healthy balance between head-down hustling and more leisurely collaboration. Good thing, too, as it is literally our job to share this key to work-life balance with as many working Calgarians as we can. Naturally, there are long days and, in September, even longer nights, but coming in to work with people you know and like makes all the difference. If you’re spending 90,000 hours of your life at the office (store? hospital? restaurant? factory?) you work at, you’re going to want to get to know the people there, and potentially make some new friends in the process.
Enter Calgary Corporate Challenge, a non-profit corporate events company! We run year-round events (like Human Bonspiel - curling, but with people as the rocks) that encourage fun, participation, inclusion, and teamwork. These lead up to our big kahuna, the September Games, when we host 22 Olympics-style sports and games over the course of 16 days for over 160 Calgary companies every year! We’re all about bringing coworkers together to promote positive interactions between each other, as well as with other local organizations and industries. CCC is for everyone! We’ve got events from Axe Throwing to Truck Pull, Obstacle Course Racing to Trivia, and everything in between (Laser Tag, anyone?). We build culture and we nurture teams and, yeah, we also give out high-fives and even trophies.
We don’t stop there, though, and this is where our friends at Local Laundry come in! We were drawn to them for 3 reasons:
1) They’re a local business (and welove local businesses).
2) Their focus on charities makes their hearts as soft and warm as their sweaters.
3) We wanted our CCC community to be hugged by these soft and warm sweaters.
Every year, we run the CCC Charity Challenge as an optional component of the September Games. Since 2006, we, along with our participating companies, have raised over $7.2 million for local charities, volunteered thousands of hours, and provided numerous tangible goods to great causes. This year, we’ve partnered with 10 local charities and are thrilled to have another opportunity to shed some light on all the great work they do! With every sweater purchased, $5 will go towards one of our 10 charity partners:
If you’re picking up what we’re putting down, or interested in buying what we’re selling, even - visit our Calgary Corporate Challenge website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube, because we’re social like that.
We want everyone to #GetInTheGames for the most fun you can have with your sneakers on.