When it comes to our community, we’re big believers in giving back. Our advertising agency got its start in Nanaimo, B.C., and for the last 14 years, we’ve planted deep roots both in our professional and personal lives. Giving back to our community is the least we can do to show our appreciation for the people and businesses that enrich our home. It aligns us with organizations that share the same values as we do and creates strategic partnerships for the long run. And to show the organizations we support some extra love, we’re highlighting a few that are helping improve our community.
International Women’s Day is not just an international event. It’s an annual social Nanaimo soiree hosted by the Nanaimo Foundation. In 2017, two volunteers, Courtney Ndiaye and Anu Mayer, founded IWD Nanaimo and six years later, they’re still pouring their hearts into putting on a fun evening that raises money to support local women and girls. As a female-led business, we’re proud sponsors (and attendees) of this annual event as we strongly believe in empowering other women to succeed.
Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) is a non-profit society committed to supporting local businesses and spearheading economic growth for Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. They host the Vancouver Island Economic Summit—a two-day long event that brings together business, community and government leaders to share ideas, ask questions, network, and learn. Before Array was born, some of our team members were part of a business that created their website. Since then, we’ve rebuilt their website and developed two sub-sites, Island Good and FTZVI. We continue to create custom graphics, offer ongoing maintenance, and remain a Gold Sponsor for the event.
Parksville Beach Festival is an annual event that’s centered around a sand sculpting competition that started in 1982. Now famously known as The Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition & Exhibition, the five-week long event attracts over 100,000 people each year. Our team designed and developed their website and has continued to sponsor the festival both with our time and donations. This year we designed and developed a new section of the website for Parksville’s Outdoor Theatre.
Nanaimo Science (formerly known as NS3) is a charitable non-profit society that teaches children to experience, observe and question how the natural world works. Since 2010, they’ve been on a mission to inspire children and their families to develop a life-long interest in science and sustainability. From hands-on learning sessions for children in classrooms, to after school programs and week long summer camps, Nanaimo Science offers activities that help children engage and explore. In 2019, we partnered with Nanaimo Science by sponsoring our time to rename, rebrand, and rebuild their online presence. Today, we have team members who sit on the board, volunteer their time, and continue their mission to inspire change.
This year, we partnered with RB Hockey Development—an organization that offers week-long summer camps for kids who love all things hockey. Founded in 2019 by Corey Renwick and Dayton Boutilier, the camp delivers an unparalleled experience that helps kids develop athletic skills on a professional level and gives them every opportunity to be successful on and off the ice. As a sponsorship, our team is in the process of designing and developing their new website to help streamline registration. Keep an eye out for a Summer 2023 web launch.
MakerSpace Nanaimo is a community space (and club) where members can share tools, resources, and knowledge to express their creativity and create just about anything. From woodworking to welding, and even computer coding, the workshop/social hub welcomes adults and kids who want to get to know and support like-minded makers in the community. As a sponsor, we helped design brand assets, including a pull-up banner. Some of our team members are active volunteers as well.
Tom Harris Classic Charity is an annual golf tournament that raises funds for various causes in the Nanaimo community. Hosted in honour of the late Tom Harris, a beloved and active member of the community, the event is a way to amplify Tom’s spirit of giving and encourage others to think of themselves as philanthropists. Our team donated a small logo and microsite, which we maintain for free to help them promote the annual event.
Giving back to your community makes good business sense.
Does your business give through strategic partnerships? Not only does it help the community, but it also aligns your business with like-minded organizations too. If you’re interested in learning more about how our advertising agency supports our Nanaimo community, be sure to check out our Community Page by following the link below.