During the holidays, employees who work in SOCAN’s Distribution department donated bags-full of gently-used clothing to Eva’s Place, a Toronto-based youth shelter.
Employee Health & Wellness
SOCAN’s leaders embarked on a mission to learn more about mental health issues in the workplace by completing the Queen’s Mental Health Leadership Certification. These employees have now taken their learning to a new level and act as Well-Being Ambassadors throughout the organization, promoting a mandate to reduce the stigma associated with these issues in the workplace. Additionally, our efforts were guided by a new Well-Being in the Workplace Policy, which expanded on SOCAN’s wellness programming. This policy served (and currently serves) as the foundation for SOCAN’s new Wellness Strategy (2017) and focuses on fostering good physical, financial, and mental health.
In 2016, SOCAN’s IT department diverted waste from landfills by disposing of worn out monitors, laptops, phones, and servers, by giving them to Hi-Tech Recycling, an Ontario-based e-waste recycler. During Earth Week, we collected laptops, cellphones, phone chargers, and calculators from staff which were given to Terracycle, a company that specializes in effective waste solutions.
During Earth Week, Toronto office employees were introduced to Muldoon’s single-serve coffee machines that have eliminated wasted pots of coffee and grinds. Muldoon’s coffee pods are 100 per cent compostable and packaging is 100 per cent recyclable.
North York Harvest Food Bank
North York Harvest Food Bank, a non-profit organization that helps to feed families who are struggling, challenged Toronto employees to a fundraising goal of $500. Since SOCAN employees never back down from a challenge, we accepted and exceeded our fundraising goal, collecting a total of $1,200 and 1,500 pounds of food, through fall activities that included our annual bake sale and candygrams, and a pumpkin auction.
According to a report by Shred-It, SOCAN’s partnership with them and dedication to recycling helped save no fewer than 158 trees in 2016.
Shoe Box Project
The Shoe Box project is a charitable program that collects and distributes holiday gifts in the form of shoeboxes to women who are homeless. SOCAN staff in our Vancouver office participated in this initiative, filling a box with essential items such as socks, gloves, scarves, and hats.
Sick Kids Corporate IceWave Challenge
SOCAN colleagues, relatives and friends participated again in the annual Corporate IceWave Challenge, Toronto’s largest indoor beach volleyball tournament, in support of children receiving treatment for cancer at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
SOCAN Sessions help to connect employees with the songwriters, composers and music publishers we represent, who, just like them, are working towards excellence in their careers. In 2016, employees were treated to a record-breaking number of exclusive and interactive live performances by SOCAN members Kevin Parent, The Heartbroken, Andy Kim, Fast Romantics, Rosie Valland, Amylie and André Papanicolaou to name a few.
Singer-songwriter Rosie Valland performed at a SOCAN Session for our Montréal staff on Apr.29, 2016.
Award-winning country singer-songwriter and SOCAN member Dean Brody performed at a SOCAN Session for our staff on Oct.19, 2016, at SOCAN’s head office in Toronto.
Each year, the SOCAN Social Committee organizes events to bring employees together to help build camaraderie and showcase what makes SOCAN such a great place to work. Events such as Ice Cream Day, Donut Day, Diversity Day, People.Connected.Day (an annual full day of activities), the Holiday Party, Halloween and Valentine’s Day festivities, were just some of the ways the Social Committee helped foster corporate culture in 2016 and rewarded employees for all their hard work and dedication to the company.
SOCAN employees celebrate Diversity Day learning to Greek dance.
SOCAN member Dia performs during Diversity Day.
Take Our Kids to Work Day
Once again, SOCAN participated in The Learning Partnership’s annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, a national program with a mission to offer Grade 9 students a direct view into the workforce. Students visiting SOCAN on Nov. 9th were treated to a day filled with interactive, career-themed workshops and activities, along with an exclusive live performance by Lion Bear Fox.
Unison Benevolent Fund
In 2016, SOCAN launched its first merchandise store, with all profits going to the Unison Benevolent Fund, the non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community. The SOCAN merch store unveiled a fun “Music ?’s Everybody” campaign that has been resonating with our members and music fans.
Employees also committed personal time and fielded a team at Unison’s “Canada Rocks” curling bonspiel, where SOCAN’s “Unlicensed To Curl” team competed against the rest of the music industry over a fun-filled day. At this event, close to $12,000 was raised for the cause. SOCAN was once again a sponsor of the annual Golf4Good golf tournament to raise funds for the Unison Benevolent Fund.