COVID-19: Edmonton’s know-how business is demanding an hour of your wages for the meals financial institution

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Fish Griwkowsky Volunteers pack grocery baskets at the Edmonton Food Bank in November. Volunteers pack grocery baskets at the Edmonton Food Bank in November. Photo by David Bloom /Postal media

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Edmonton’s tech industry has run a campaign in support of the Food Bank, claiming the smallest sacrifice: an hour of your wages.

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Under the banner #YEGTechCares, 13 companies from the local technology and knowledge economy launched an initiative on Wednesday morning in which volunteer participants were asked to donate an hourly wage to Edmonton’s Food Bank every month. Those already involved hope that everyone who reads this and will be able to join in.

Employees from BioWare, Jobber and We Know Training – an online training and tailor-made eLearning company – are already on board – where the idea came about. Another 10 regional companies are YStation, Solut, CompuVision, Showbie, AltaML, SAM, Iomer Internet Solutions, DriveWyze, ScopeAR and Punchcard Systems.

Chris LaBossiere, owner and CEO of We Know Training, explains, “Because of the nature of our business, we are not affected exponentially by this. It’s mainly digital work, remote, the customer base is all over the world. “

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The idea came about in a moment of mixed gratitude and concern in his company.

“In the knowledge economy environment, we mostly have employees. We thanked our team for this situation on Friday and came up with the idea. I just got it circulated on Sunday, 15, 20 CEOs across town, and every one of them jumped on board. “

For at least the next three months, the participants will donate one hour of their salary to the Food Bank. “In our case,” says LaBossiere, “the company will keep up, and in most cases the company will keep up.

“It’s not a huge gift, it costs $ 25.50 per employee per month, but it adds up. Just in the case of We Know Training, it’s around $ 12,000. I’ve heard that CompuVision costs around $ 7,000 a month – that’s $ 20,000. “

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If the company matches, CompuVision alone will donate $ 21,000 over the next three months.

“Hopefully we’ll start spreading the idea so that other people who are in the same situation can do the same if they are able to. The food bank is on board. And we know they are being hammered. “

On Saturday, Food Bank spokeswoman Carly Kincaid Williams told Postmedia: “We are in a daily and sometimes hourly situation, we really don’t know how this will end.

“If people can donate money it would be fantastic because then we can use that money sooner or later. We can buy what we need to buy and we can shop for a better price than people just by going out, ”said Kincaid Williams.

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LaBossiere notes, “Tens of thousands of Edmontoners may be laid off. I think there could be more customers of a different type of food bank than they have ever seen.

“We want to get started quickly,” he says, “we want to get them some money as soon as possible.”

A dedicated website – yegtechcares.com – will be launched next week to get the word out and help other businesses join the effort, as well as a link to the Edmontons Food Bank donation page at edmontonsfoodbank.com. For the time being, to get the news out, use the hashtag #yegtechcares and please post with @yegfoodbank.

LaBossiere says, “If this initiative gains momentum, we’ll be celebrating every other company that chooses us, regardless of their industry.”

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