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How Big is Your Footprint?

Our HR Manager, Kathryn Mills writes about the importance MRSB places on Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

Each of us owns a piece of THE footprint in one way or another. Have I enticed your interest to keep reading?

Personally, professionally and corporately; as an individual, group or business entity, we all have a responsibility to contribute toward Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - practices that involve participation in initiatives that benefit society through environmental strategies and social responsibilities, such as volunteering, fundraising and donations. 

MRSB works hard to encourage and develop ways to be even greater environmental stewards and increase our level and mindfulness of corporate social responsibility. We also recognize and understand how the development and sustainability of these responsibilities are important to our future generations and that we must lead by example.     

Despite our MRSB corporate colour being blue, we are proud of our commitment to be green. Some of our initiatives include:

  • Purchase of recycled products
  • Services through fellow environmental stewards
  • Paper reduced office environment through technologies   
  • Use of green cleaning products
  • Recycling of cans/bottles and using the deposit toward fundraising
  • Energy efficiencies
  • Reducing water consumption

Socially, we give back to our community through volunteering our time to sports teams as coach or participant, at events from bartending to ticket sales, and as board/committee members for the PEI Autism Society, QEH Foundation, various church groups, Holland College Foundation, PEI Marathon, GCACC, Junior Achievement, Canadian Evaluation Society, to name but a few.

We monetarily support so many groups and non-charitable organizations such as the PEI Chapter of the Cancer Society, PEI Newcomers Association, MS Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl of Kid’s Sake, Humane Society, PEI Autism Society, the food bank, IWK, Catholic Family Services and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with community events such as the Charlotettown Islanders, UPEI Sports teams and events, fundraising golf tournaments, Charlottetown Wintertide, and many more. 

Our main fundraising focus for the past 14 months has been The Children’s Wish Foundation of PEI where we have, to date, proudly raised over $7,000. We collect beverage containers for recycling; play chase the ace, tax season bingo and 50/50; organized an e-auction of handcrafted items; challenged to eat raw oysters; donated proceeds from the overall sale of a product; internal competitions; and, made and sold smoothies as a healthy treat. Our overall goal is to grant a child a wish which means we have to raise $10,000 by September 2016, so you can see we are close, but we aren’t done yet.   

The entire team, both in Summerside and Charlottetown, believes in our environmental and social responsibility, not because we have to, but because we want to. And because it is a part of our corporate culture, we are supported and encouraged.   

 

 

Tax time questions – can I claim acupuncture and massage therapy as medical expenses?

Every year clients come to us with questions about claiming acupuncture and massage therapy as a medical expense. In a nutshell, if the service is not performed by a physician, then the service must have been performed by a medical practitioner who is a member of a provincially regulated professional association in the province where the service was performed.

For acupuncture on Prince Edward Island, that means:

  • A physiotherapist who is registered with the Prince Edward Island Association of Physiotherapy; or
  • A chiropractor who is registered with the Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association

In either case, the practitioner must be approved by their association to perform acupuncture as a specialty in order to claim the receipt.

Massage therapy is not yet provincially regulated on Prince Edward Island and therefore cannot be claimed.

The list of provincially regulated medical practitioners for each province and territory is available on the CRA website

Have other similar questions that you’re not sure on? Call or email any member of our tax team for help on these or other tax related questions.

Three ways pow3r strategic planning can help your business or organization

 

Your team will no doubt benefit from the POW3R process, but you don't need to hear this from us. Instead, listen to what our clients have to say! Here are three things POW3R can do for your organization or company, with comments from industry and sector leaders on how their experience helped move them forward.

                  

1. Engage, motivate and instill a sense of ownership within your team

"The process used by Wendy Drake was instrumental in creating a sense of ownership by the team; she engaged our staff in such a way that they feel the strategic plan belongs to them." - Dr. Ivan Joseph, Director of Ryerson Athletics and Recreation, Ryerson University

"Our operations management, senior management and Board of Directors were all involved in the planning process, and our strategic plan is relevant to the different levels of the organization." - Shawn McCarville, President, Slemon Park Corporation

"The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Board is comprised of representatives from across Atlantic Canada and provincial perceptions can be different, but MRSB understood our dynamics and appropriately engaged all directors and staff members." - Valerie Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Inc.

2. Give you a clear focus on your business, its challenges and opportunities

"MRSB offered us an impartial perspective and a skilled facilitation process to enable us to clearly focus on our goals and priorities." - Shawn McCarvill, President, Slemon Park Corporation

"...allowed us to revisit and reaffirm our vision, mission statement, core values and strategic goals." - Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College

"You have an excellent ability to read people, to secure the 'facts' while pulling all the weeds out, to establish yourself as the leader of time and process, yet be extremely caring and considerate of people's needs. You have an absolute gift of getting so much captured...using an organized mind and process of your own." - Mary Dempster, COO, Ambassatours Gray Line

3. Provide a ready-to-action strategic plan and roadmap

"With MRSB's assistance, we now have a clear and concise strategic plan and a realistic implementation plan that will help us achieve our goals." - Shawn McCarville, President, Slemon Park Corporation

"The final document provided an outstanding framework for moving forward." - Dr. Brian McMillan, President, Holland College

"The final strategic plan looks good, contains rich content and defines clear, realistic goals." - Valerie Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Chamber of Commerce Inc.

"What we were able to accomplish with your guidance has saved both me and the company months and months of work...you have helped to set me up to succeed." - Mary Dempster, COO, Ambassatours Gray Line

"I found the entire process to be insightful and impactful, leaving our team with a set of goals that will challenge our team in a productive way. I'm confident that by following this plan, our organization will enhance its presence in the larger sports community and help us to realize greater success." - Bryan Crawford, Interim Executive Director, Ontario University Athletics (OUA)

So there you have it, straight from our clients' perspectives, how POW3R has engaged entire teams, taken a close look at where they are now, set realistic goals and implemented strong plans of action. Email me today to find out how POW3R can do the same for your business or organization.

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