Martello BLOG : The Ripple Effect

Martello Employee Gift Giving ProgramWhen we first introduced Martello’s Employee Gift Giving Program, we did not fully understand the level of commitment that many of our employees had towards the organizations that they were supporting. As we enter our second year of the program, we are excited to see that we are having the opportunity to make a contribution a second time to an organization. It gives us a chance to see the impact that our employees are having as they deepen their commitments in the community.

Martello Employee Gift Giving Program

This is the case with long-time Martello Operations Lead, John Salem, who last year chose to direct his Employee-Directed Gift Program donation to The Maverick Volleyball Club’s Athlete Benevolent Fund. This year, he’s doing it again. The Mavericks Benevolent fund provides financial assistance to athletes on an as-needed basis, subsidizing everything from club fees to uniforms to travel expenses. Volleyball, unlike other sports, doesn’t have a regular season with games played locally but instead hosts eleven tournaments across the region. Expenses add up quickly for Maverick’s athletes, and the Athlete Benevolent Fund helps to relieve them of any financial stress so they can direct their focus on the game.

John has been coaching the Maverick Volleyball Club for nine years. For John, sports are an essential and valuable tool for teens to learn life skills and coping mechanisms that can be applied to their everyday lives.

“As a lifelong coach, I see the value that sport brings to my athletes throughout their lives. Life skills like strategy, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership are all things that they pick up along the way, as well as confidence. Seeing these skills stick with them beyond the game is the most rewarding part of coaching.” John Salem, Martello Operations Lead.

The level of commitment that John lends to this organization is impressive. With practices taking place three times a week in addition to the busy tournament circuit, it means that a good part of his time is spent happily on the side of the court. It is clear that John sees the value of the work that he is doing every season at the club as the impact is evident, both on and off of the court for the athletes that he coaches.

Martello is thrilled to contribute to The Maverick Volleyball Club’s Athlete Benevolent Fund for the second year in a row. We look forward to seeing the positive impact the fund will have on these young athletes in their upcoming season.

Martello's Employee-Directed Gift Program Heron Gate is a community in the south end of Ottawa that most recently, has been at the center of many negative headlines. But one Martello employee has made it his mission to change the conversation around this community. Paul Howard (a Heron Gate native) became involved with Heron Gate when he started coaching his sons’ football team, the Ottawa South Mustangs. What started as an excuse to spend more time with his own kids quickly sparked a passion to help the Heron Gate kids that played on the same team as his own boys. In 2014, Paul was awarded NFL’s Youth Coach of the Year award for his contributions to what the NFL deemed a “community at risk”.

Despite the fact that it is home to the largest number of low-income children in Ottawa, Heron Gate is an incredibly underserved community. A homework club, catering to only 15 kids twice a week is the only free drop-in service currently being offered in the area. See what Paul had to say in an article in the Ottawa Citizen:Heron Gate’s disadvantaged community needs bolder vision.
Martello's Employee-Directed Gift Program
Paul’s mission is to foster relationships through mentorship and expand the activities offered to kids in the community. Which is why he turned to Martello’s Employee-Directed Gift Program, to help bring more positive news to the area. With the help of Martello, Paul gave away 1,000 popsicles to the Heron Gate kids on July 9th as part of Popsicles in the Park. The weather was perfect as the Heron Gate children enjoyed their popsicles and an educational show from Little Ray’s Reptiles at Sandalwood Park. Members of the Ottawa Redblacks and Ottawa Fury also came out to show their support to the children in the community. The event also paved the way for plans to initiate sustainable literacy, arts, and coding programs.

Most importantly, Paul hopes the event will highlight the many achievements of these local children and help to empower their mothers. By turning negative headlines into stories of success, Paul hopes to build a positive environment with more opportunity for the kids of Heron Gate. Martello Technologies was delighted to be a part of this wonderful event, and is proud to have Paul, an incredible advocate, mentor and role model to these children, as a part of our team.

We have had an amazing year at Martello with many business achievements to be proud of. As a company that prioritizes culture, a true measure of our success and satisfaction in 2017 has been the growth of our Employee-Directed Gift Program and being recognized with a second Employees’ Choice Award.
Employees Choice Awards
Last Thursday was a special night for us here at Martello, a group of us got to attend the Employees’ Choice Awards 2017-2018 (ECA) at the impressive Rideau Club in the heart of downtown Ottawa. We were thrilled to receive this award, which honours companies within the National Capital Region that recognize employees as their greatest asset. We are proud to have been selected as a winner of this award for the second time, which is based on a survey of our Ottawa employees.

This award was a real validation of the work we have done this year to enrich our company culture. A key point of pride for our team is the Employee-Directed Gift Program, which continued to grow in 2017 after being launched in 2016. The program has empowered employees to make a deeper connection with the community organizations that matter most to them. This year, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) recognized the vision of Martello Co-Chairman, Bruce Linton in developing the company’s Employee-Directed Gift Program and honoured him with the Telfer Private Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology Award.

At Martello, we strive to be thoughtful about the way we nurture culture. Of the program, Bruce Linton has said, “Our employees are proud of the Employee-Directed Gift Program – it’s a unique ‘perk’ that has an impact far beyond our own walls. This recognition is great validation of our unique community-building approach to corporate culture”.
Catch up on the organizations we have been honoured to help in 2017.
Martello Gives Back
Continue to watch our blog and the hashtag #MartelloGivesBack to see the latest contributions made through this program. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings as we expand the ripple effect of this program.