Staff buy 1400 chocolate bars to honour colleagues for their work

burlingtoncityhall-2City staff purchased 1,400 chocolate bars in April as part of a “gratitude-o-gram” program launched last year as a simple way for employees to recognize their co-workers for helping out and going the extra mile. Participants buy a chocolate bar for $2 and send it to a colleague with a personalised note of thanks. The city’s healthy workplace committee delivers the bars.

Last year, 900 chocolate bars were sold.  The committee chose Walker’s Chocolates as they’re Burlington based and they make (delicious!) fundraising chocolate bars. The chocolate bars cost $1 each + tax, and are sold for $2. After the cost of the cards is deducted (approx. $400) the profits are used to fund:

• Wellness roves-  the roves include all City locations, so the cost for supplies (i.e. healthy snacks, sunscreen samples, natural scrubs) has increased
• Food at events  (i.e. pizza at bowling, Gatorade at softball, etc.)
• Prizes for challenges (Winning at Losing) and seminars (i.e. family bowling pass for seminar on Creating Great Family Life)

Special thanks to Jennifer Odorico and Jessica Randall for their work on this initiative, and thanks to all the staff members who participated. You made someone’s day- 1,400 times!! – with a thank you and a chocolate bar!



Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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