Whether it’s paying for the next person in line’s cup of coffee, or mentoring someone new to your field, there are many ways to spread goodwill and good fortune to others. By taking the time to share love, mentorship and kindness, Vegatopians pay it forward to their communities.
Remind those close to you that they matter
Experiential Coordinator Loan Pham brings positivity to Vega HQ with heartfelt reminders (literal reminders—post-it notes left on computers, or text/email notes) of what she appreciates about her coworkers. “The world needs a lot more kindness, and everyone has kindness in them; you just have to act it out. It’s a habit, it’s a lifestyle, it’s me; I don’t think of it as anything. My goal is to make anyone that’s around me smile and be happy. If I can make one person smile, I’ve succeeded.
“I came to Canada with nothing, and it was instilled within me to give back, because I have been given a lot. It’s like the saying, ‘If you want change, you have to be the change.’ Realistically, one person can make a difference.”
Find what you’re passionate about, and then give back
Customer Experience Rep Eric Klein starting mentoring a local volleyball team this past year. “I have always been passionate about passing on what I know to others, whether it’s swinging a golf club, shooting hoops, or serving across a net. I get it from my dad, a lifelong coach. Mentoring was engrained and instilled in my DNA. It’s something that I’ll always do. I grew up with volleyball and have always been passionate about it.
“Having recently moved to British Columbia, it wasn’t until I got to know my co-worker Brittany Ramsay that I became more involved with the local club. Seeing the girls grow up and get better is very rewarding. I do it so they can have the confidence and get better as players and people. Especially being new to the area, it’s a great way to get involved in the community. I think it’s important to engrain yourself in the community and to give back.”
Giving your skills to those who need it more
Payroll and Benefits Administrator, Tracey Lee’s mother taught her how to knit when she was 8 years old. “Since then I’ve been knitting not just for my friends and family, but for other people that need them more. This year I made my iThrive Do Better goal to knit baby hats, blankets and sweaters for World Vision Knit for Kids. After I started, my coworkers Helen, Chantel, Gagan, Juanita and Deidre all joined me. Some people have not knit before, so I taught them how to knit. Others knew how to knit, but needed to learn how to make a hat. We knit together as our way to pay it forward, and doing our part to help out.”
Mentoring, over coffee or Skype
To help the next generation of digital marketers, Vega’s Digital Team are experts willing to offer their mentorship through Ten Thousand Coffees. Digital Marketing Supervisor, Melanie Roy explains, “Ten Thousand Coffees connects people trying to get into the industry with experts, for coffee (or skype) dates. I know how hard it can be to get it on the industry, and I always found it helpful when mentors offer me insight, tips, and learnings they have discovered throughout their careers. Why not spread the love?”
How do you pay it forward?