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Monk Office shows community spirit

Monk Office employees had a very successful campaign with the United Way, Fort Street store manger Simon Hird-Rutter, right, and furniture installer David Nelthorpe were two of the employees involved in the campaign. - Don Denton/News staff
Monk Office employees had a very successful campaign with the United Way, Fort Street store manger Simon Hird-Rutter, right, and furniture installer David Nelthorpe were two of the employees involved in the campaign.
— image credit: Don Denton/News staff

Monk Office has taken the idea of giving back to the community to new heights.

The Victoria-based business with 10 stores from Victoria to Port Hardy raised $5,330 during the United Way of Greater Victoria’s annual fundraising campaign.

Monk’s was awarded for its efforts with a Welcome to United Way Spirit Award. The award recognizes employees of an organization that achieved significant results in a first-time United Way fundraising campaign.

More than 15 per cent of Monk employees contributed to the campaign through regular paycheque deductions. The company matched their donations.

Monk Office chief financial officer Ross Hill also joined the United Way’s campaign cabinet.

“It’s part of our work culture to give back to our communities,” said Catherine Novak, Monk’s director of communications and marketing.

“We have really good leadership. We don’t just pay lip service. Our management team gets out and helps fundraise and that encourages our staff.”

But it’s not just the United Way.

Monk Office also helps with many other organizations in Greater Victoria and throughout the Island, including Mustard Seed Church and Food Bank, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Surrounded By Cedar and school parent advisory committees.

Heather Skydt, United Way’s director of marketing and communications, said Monk’s ran an exceptional campaign.

“They participated in (United Way) training, created opportunities for employees to learn about United Way with community partner and donor presentations and contributed a corporate match,” she said.

In additions to Monk’s award, the United Way handed out 11 other awards from outstanding campaign committee to leadership on March 28.

This year’s United Way campaign raised $5.8 million for non-profit charities throughout the region.

 

 

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