Delivering our promissory note of 3,000 toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau!
It was a unseasonably chilly morning when Sparky the Elf promised 3,000 new, unwrapped toys on behalf of TransLink and its operating companies to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB), but the air was filled with warm, holiday cheer!
Toys for Tots in our region was developed by a group of BC Transit operators back in 1985.
Each year since, the employees of the TransLink enterprise have donated to the less fortunate during the holiday season.
Donations have been made at all eight transit centres, TransLink Lost Property as well as HQs for TransLink, CMBC, BCRTC and Transit Police.
How do we deliver these packages of Christmas joy to the LMCB? By reindeer bus and shuttle, of course!
Santa, Mrs Claus, Sparky, Prancer (that’s me) and some plucky helpers collected 6,111 toys and items from across the Enterprise! That is on top of over $500 of cash donations!
This year is record-breaking and it wouldn’t have been possible without the immense generosity from all of our staff to make this season a little brighter for those in need.
Author: Adrienne Coling
Every year, TransLink participates in Take your Kids to Work Day.
Kids aged 14 are invited to job shadow their parents or come along on a guided tour at BCRTC, CMBC and Transit Police to explore future workplace opportunities.
Some of the grade nine students on the job for Take Your Kids to Work Day
This year we had 52 grade nine students take part in this event and it was a big success and not just the day!
The Canada’s Outstanding Employer Award recognizes employers for their outstanding performance and contribution to Take Our Kids to Work day activities.
Criteria for the award includes:
- Promoting the importance of staying in school
- Promoting pursuing post-secondary studies
- Demonstrating creativity and innovation through engaging and exciting activities for visiting students
- Supporting and explaining career choices and benefits of early career exploration
It was a very competitive process, but TransLink, along with 14 other outstanding organizations, stood out to the selections committee.
TransLink and its operating companies were chosen “For providing students with engaging and interactive opportunities to explore career options and learn about TransLink, Coast Mountain Bus Company, BCRTC and Transit Police as a future workplace. Students were given a tour of TransLink’s new Mark III train and received an in-depth look at technology that powers TransLink trains. They even got the opportunity to work with a K9 unit in Transit Police and the Fire Prevention Technicians that oversees fire prevention across the transit network.”
TransLink is honoured as an Enterprise to accept Canada’s Outstanding Employer 2016 Award for our participation in this annual event of fun, learning and exploring transit jobs.
We can’t wait until next year to host more eager students looking to get behind-the-scenes job experience in the world of public transit!
Author: Adrienne Coling