At Hemmera, we have made a strong commitment to embrace our corporate responsibilities and promote our personal and corporate values. We are active participants in our communities, and contribute to many charitable and non-profit causes. We have declared community engagement to be a core value within our corporate strategic plan. This is a selection of the causes that we sponsor.
The Robert Bateman Get to Know Program
Hemmera is proud to be one of many corporate sponsors of the Get to Know Program, a Canadian Wildlife Fund initiative spearheaded by Canada’s most renowned wildlife artist. The program encourages Canada’s youth to better understand the plants and animals around us, and takes important steps towards raising a generation who will care for the environment. Mr Bateman was inspired to develop the program by research revealing that youth recognize over 1,000 corporate logos but fewer than 10 species of wildlife in their communities. The program includes initiatives such as an annual youth art, writing and photography contest, and the provision of educational resources for schools.
Enter the Get to Know Contest
We are a Major Partner of the program’s Enter the Get to Know Contest, an annual contest in which young people can win prizes by submitting their artwork, writing, photography or video celebrating wildlife. Prizes include a week-long Art & Nature Camp in the Gulf Islands Natural Park Reserve. Visit the contest site for details.
The United Way
Hemmera matches funds raised by staff during our annual United Way campaign. In 2007 the company won the Quantum Leap Participation Award for raising $20,000, with over 90% staff involvement. Our president, Paul Hemsley is the United Way’s Deputy Division Chair for Professionals, Campaign Cabinet.
BEST Commuter Challenge
Hemmera placed first overall within BC in our category in the 2012 Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) Commuter Challenge. Many of our staff members rose to the one-week challenge of leaving their vehicles at home and using sustainable modes of transportation. Throughout the year, Hemmera supports a range of initiatives to encourage sustainable transportation, including ridesharing and telecommuting.
Run for the Cure
Every October, Hemmera participates in the Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s Run for the Cure—the largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. In 2008, we raised over $2,000 for cancer research, awareness and education programs.
Bowl for Big Brothers
We are proud to support the Big Brothers vision of ensuring that every child who needs a mentor has one. We have a long tradition of participating in the annual Bowl for Big Brothers campaign that raises funds for this important program.
Vancouver Sun Run
Every year the Hemmera team runs in the Vancouver Sun Run, Canada’s largest community run, in support of children’s literary programs around BC. The company supports and sponsors the team, which builds corporate and team spirit among the staffers who train together.
Hemmera’s Environment Committee
Our staff-driven Environment Committee identifies and manages Hemmera’s environmental footprint through collaborative execution of our Environmental Management Plan. Our initiatives combine policy and procedural implementation, positive engagement, and awareness campaigns. Sustainability is one of Hemmera’s core values; we promote sustainability both within our operations and with our clients and partners.
Hemmera's Health and Safety Committee
We have a group of dedicated professionals who are committed to ensuring we carry out the best health and safety practices according to industry standards. Our health and safety members engage others to be responsible and accountable for our health and safety performance.
YMCA Childcare Facility
For several years, several senior staff have donated time and engineering expertise to redevelop a YMCA childcare facility in East Vancouver, which offers a range of programs to support the healthy development of children in the community.
For many years now, Hemmera has been a proud partner and supporter of Science World. Our Vice President Eric K. Pringle, is a member of the Champions Circle, a group focused on promoting science and technology to our province’s youth.
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
Hemmera is deeply involved with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre—a valuable centre for the local science community—and our Vice President Eric K. Pringle serves on its Board of Directors, providing input into strategies and sustainability practices to support the non-profit organization.