Amid all the up-and-down emotions of these last few challenging months, I have been experiencing one overriding feeling lately: gratitude. I am grateful for the health of my family, for my colleagues at Odlum Brown and for all of you, our valued clients. I am also grateful for the outstanding community we are fortunate to be a part of, and for all of the essential workers on the front lines of this crisis who are demonstrating enormous effort and personal sacrifice to keep us safe.
I suspected a lot of others at the firm were feeling the same way, and thus #OBGivesThanks was born. We invited our team members to share how they and their families are showing their appreciation for our frontline heroes – and they delivered. We received countless submissions capturing team members doing the 7 PM cheer on their balconies, kids’ artwork hung in windows and even a heart mowed into one of our Traders’ lawns! We showcase these images on our corporate website and social media to share our gratitude with the community.
#OBGivesThanks has also been a fun way to stay connected with one another and keep our culture strong while working remotely. If you know Odlum Brown, you know we are extremely proud of our corporate culture and that our people are what make us special. That’s a big reason why we are distinguished nationally as one of Canada’s Most AdmiredTM Corporate Cultures. Although we are physically separated right now, we have made it a priority to stay connected in other ways. One of our first initiatives back in late March was to share selfies from our home offices – and I have to say it was fun to see my usually polished colleagues in casual attire and in need of haircuts!
We have also stayed connected with the many community partners we support throughout BC. If you visit our social media pages, you can learn about how many of these organizations are adapting their initiatives to continue their important work virtually. Still other community partners have been forced to make the difficult decision to cancel or postpone events, and we look forward to being by their sides when they come back, bigger and better than ever!
As our province continues to flatten the curve and BC’s Restart Plan comes into effect, know that we at Odlum Brown are engaged in thorough planning for a gradual and safe return to our physical premises. We look forward to that day in the future when we can welcome you back into our offices. Until then, #OBGivesThanks – to you, to each other and to the communities where we live and work.
President and Chief Executive Officer