Another spin around the sun and once again, Eagle continued a tradition that consistently gets positive feedback year-after-year. We teamed up with our clients and contractors to help brighten the holiday season for five Canadian charities who all do fantastic work. Learn about it all in the video below.
Have an outstanding 2019!
|By Alison Turnbull,
Delivery Manager at Eagle
This post is a follow-up to the one I had published back in February describing an upcoming event that I was fortunate enough to be selected for – the annual Fight to End Cancer. As I mentioned back in February, starting this adventure was about as far outside of my comfort zone as one could get. In six short weeks I will be stepping into a boxing ring at a Black Tie gala in front of over 500 people to compete in an Olympic style boxing match.
When I look back at my previous post, it’s hard to believe it has been only two months because those two months have taught me more than I ever thought possible.
If there is one thing I want to share from this, it’s the recommendation to everyone out there that no matter how old or how ‘stuck in your ways’ you feel, you will benefit greatly from committing to something that requires physical and mental endurance. Here are some of the key lessons that I’ve learned over the past eight weeks:
1 – HARD WORK PAYS OFF! You must commit yourself wholeheartedly to an event like this, whether it’s a competition, a tournament, a marathon or a sprint. There will be days when the last thing you feel like doing is training, but those tend to be the days when you leave the gym feeling like you are on top of the world. No one will put in the hard work for you, you have to just DO IT!
2 – FOCUS IS EVERYTHING! It took our coaches awhile to drill this into our heads. While there will always be time for socializing, chatting, and sharing a few laughs, the boxing ring is not that place! When you are actively training and/or sparring, it just takes one moment of your mind drifting to get clobbered. One well placed left hook that you didn’t see coming is a quick reminder to keep your head in the game – at ALL times! I have found that this has translated to other areas of my life and hope it’s something that sticks.
3 – POSITIVITY IS KEY! When we started this adventure, we were told ‘you will have your best days and you will have your worst days leading up to this fight.’ There are definitely days when you feel overwhelmed with information and just plain exhausted. Keeping the cause (fighting cancer) and the end goal (getting into the ring!) in mind is key to getting through the tough training days.
I encourage everyone reading this post to challenge themselves to do something that you’ve always wanted to do or never thought you would – and if there is a charitable focus attached to it, all the better. Our team is on track to meet our goal this year, which will mean over $1 MILLION has been raised in donations by this event alone for the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation – one of the top 5 cancer research hospitals in the world. As rewarding as this has been for me personally, the big picture is even better.
You can also watch the following news segment from Global News to find out more about the Fight to End Cancer and my inspiration behind wanting to participate in this amazing event.
|By Alison Turnbull,
Delivery Manager at Eagle
As a long tenured employee of Eagle, I have had the good fortune of attending an annual event that we have been supporting since 2012. The annual Fight to End Cancer is a white-collar boxing event where 10 non-boxing professionals enter into an intense 6 month training program and then compete in an Olympic style match at a black tie gala at the Old Mill in Toronto.
Each year that I attended I contemplated throwing my name into the hat because I was so incredibly inspired by the grit, courage and commitment that each fighter displayed. But the fact that I have not participated in sports since grade school and literally never stepped into a gym held me back. It wasn’t until I attended last year’s gala, a short 6 months after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer, that I decided to apply.
I have been taking conditioning classes for the past 4 months and have now started technical training. The time commitment is significant and the training intense — I have pushed myself farther physically and mentally than I would have thought possible.
The experience so far has been incredible, but we have a long way to go. Training will be ramping up significantly and while everything feels very overwhelming right now, I’m grateful for Eagle’s support and the ongoing advice shared by our Chairman Kevin Dee who fought in a similar match in 2011, and my boss Brendhan Malone, who fought in 2014.
The Fight to End Cancer has raised over $750,000 to date, and if each of the fighters this year meet their $20,000 fundraising goal, we will hit $1M. All funds from the event go directly to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, one of the largest cancer centres in the world.
Please consider donating to this very worthy cause and wish me luck on June 2nd!
Every holiday season, Eagle skips the traditional gifts and cards so we can make a donation to deserving charities across Canada. Once again this year, 5 organizations benefited with the help of our clients and contractors . We’re excited to share the results in this quick video…
Eagle has a long-standing tradition where each holiday season, we invite our clients and contractors to join us in spreading holiday cheer. Once again, we were so excited by this year’s results and the charities we helped, that we created a video to tell the world!
Here’s Why IT Professionals Need to Volunteer in the Gig Economy
Giving back to the community is an activity that every citizen should do, at whatever capacity they can. In some cases that involves donating money, but it should also include donating your time. In addition to the core functions of local community groups and charities, independent contractors and freelancers are sometimes asked to volunteer their own professional services. Regardless of what kind of work you do, just a few hours of free work can go a long way in helping a charity or non-profit organization get closer to accomplishing their goals. In addition, there are countless benefits and rewards that can come to you, both personally and professionally.
What Do You Gain from Volunteering?
As selfish as it may feel, every volunteer gets personal gain from putting time into their community, whether or not they recognize it. For example:
- Being involved and doing the right thing brings personal satisfaction.
- Building a better community not only is great for your family but can raise the value of a home.
- It’s an opportunity to meet the “who’s who” in your area, including business owners and politicians.
- It brings new challenges when you feel life is getting dull.
- The change in routine helps to get away from regular life stresses and recharge your batteries.
- You can make new friends and improve your social life.
- It provides an overall perspective on what you have in life, which can make you happier.
How Does Volunteering Help Your Business?
Beyond the personal benefits of volunteering is the professional value that can also come with it. Independent contractors can gain significant traction for their business, by simply finding a cause they love and putting in a few extra hours.
- Networking: Industry events get bland and you start to only see the same people. Volunteering opens you up to a whole new set of professionals from different backgrounds and industries.
- References: Speaking of the people you meet, some of them will make valuable character references and, in some circumstances, can speak to your technical skills as well.
- Maintain Unused Skills: You know that old technology that you barely use anymore because all of your clients have moved on? A charity or non-profit may still be using it. When you volunteer to help with that piece, you keep yourself fresh in case it ever comes up again with clients.
- Work on New Skills Too: The organization where you give time may also be using a tool you haven’t yet tried or one for which you need to build experience before you can sell it. This provides a win-win scenario for both of you!
- Update Soft Skills: A post last month from Brendhan Malone explained why IT professionals need to think beyond technology and also improve business and leadership skills. Volunteering can help polish these abilities.
- Explore Something New: Perhaps you’ve been considering a career change or thinking of changing industries all together. Volunteering is a simple way to test the waters while helping others at the same time.
- Your Resume Will Benefit: We’ve advocated many times that few recruiters care about your Hobbies & Interests in a resume, but volunteering speaks much louder than your thrill for rock collecting. It shows that you’re a well-rounded professional with different experiences.
From helping the less fortunate to caring for animals, everybody can find an organization that speaks to them. As an added bonus to contributions you make in your community, you will improve your life, both personally and professionally. If you’re not volunteering yet, what are you waiting for?