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The Payworks philosophy is to Pay it Forward – to participate in meaningful ways in the communities where our employees work, live, and raise their families. Payworks proudly supports a wide range of local and national charities, including the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities®Canada, and United Way Centraide Canada.

Through local sponsorship, employment, and investment, as well as employee-initiated giving and volunteering (like our Pay it Forward Day employee benefit), we literally pay our good fortune forward.

Pay It Forward | Sep 08, 2019

Visiting United Way Agencies

It's that time of the year, where our United Way Workplace Campaign is right around the corner.  As a preamble to all things United Way, Payworks typically hosts a handful of United Way Winnipeg Agency Tours in the month of August, where 10+ members of our staff visit between three to four United Way sponsored agencies in the city to see first-hand the amazing work they do to support the community.  This year, our staff visited ImagineAbility, the Immigrant Centre as well as the YMCA-YWCA North Youth Centre and Community Outreach.  The YMCA-YWCA North Youth Centre was the first United Way Agency Tour this year for our staff, which took place on August 15. The YMCA-YWCA has been in Winnipeg for 140 years, nurturing the potential of children, teens and young adults, promoting healthy living...
Pay It Forward | Sep 07, 2019

Paying it Forward at a Bike-A-Thon

On Friday, May 17, Payworks’ Business Analyst Jennifer Foot spent her Pay it Forward Day volunteering at St. Emile School Bike-A-Thon, organized by the St Emile Parents' Association. The Bike-A-Thon is an annual fundraising event organized by St. Emile School in Winnipeg. To accumulate funds, students collect pledges prior to a bike ride throughout St....
Pay It Forward | Sep 06, 2019

Maria is pumped to lend United Way Winnipeg a helping hand

Payworks Quality Assurance Analyst, Maria Polishchuk will be our fifth United Way Winnipeg Sponsored Executive (SE), which means for a three-month time period Payworks will continue to pay Maria's salary as she works as a member of the United Way Winnipeg city-wide campaign. This is just one of the ways companies can donate to United Way; instead of giving...
Pay It Forward | Aug 24, 2019

'Putting' it Forward

Rachel Wolman aced her Pay it Forward (PIF) day while volunteering at the Winnipeg Harvest Lee Newton Memorial Golf Tournament June 11. In support of Winnipeg Harvest Inc., the St. Boniface Golf Club was host to the day-long event.Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit organization with the goal of ending hunger and providing training opportunities to help end...
Pay It Forward | Aug 17, 2019

Bringing dinner home for RMHC Manitoba

For many companies, team building is an important component of the corporate culture. There are a variety of ways to engage your department or team in activities that increase motivation and promote cooperation - a team building exercise doesn't have to be 'traditional' in the sense that there are many modern and fun outings a group can partake in to...
Pay It Forward | Jul 27, 2019

Connecting with the community

Payworks Privacy Officer Louise Collette spent May 6th  Paying it Forward at Morberg House, a 12-bed transitional residence for homeless individuals in the heart of St-Boniface, Winnipeg. Staffed 24/7, the residence provides services and support for men overcoming homelessness, addiction and mental health challenges. The space equips individuals with the...
Pay It Forward | Jul 26, 2019

Trading desks & coffee mugs for hammers & hard hats

In June, Payworks staff traded in their desks, computers, and coffee mugs for hammers, nails, and hard hats. On two separate occasions there were 10 staff who used their Pay it Forward (PIF) Day to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Manitoba. HFH is a nonprofit organization located all across the country that provides affordable homes for low-income families. Habitat homeowners pay an interest-free mortgage and are also required to volunteer 500 hours of their time towards building their future home. The HFH’s Women Build Program is the same initiative, designed to foster strength, learning and leadership for women. Participating in the build on June 4 was Credit Risk Analysts Barb Deurbrouck, Gladys Taguiam, Caitlyn Wasyluk, Director of Treasury and Governance Belinda Carfrae,...
Pay It Forward | Jun 20, 2019

Paying it Forward at the MB Marathon

This past Sunday, June 16, was the annual Manitoba Marathon in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hosted by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, the event is a Father's Day celebration of fitness, family, and fundraising with the proceeds supporting projects for people living with an intellectual disability.  There are a number of different ways one can participate in the...
Pay It Forward | Jun 11, 2019

Coming together in support of Tim Hortons® Camp Day

There were 11 Payworks volunteers who set up camp at their local Tim Hortons® to show their support for Tim Hortons® Foundation Camps (THFC) during Tim Hortons® Camp Day on Wednesday, June 5. Volunteers spent the morning raising both awareness and funds by preparing coffee behind the counter, selling Camp Day bracelets in the drive-thru, and collecting...
Pay It Forward | May 10, 2019

Have a McHappy Day!

There were 38 Payworks staff who volunteered in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Canada from coast-to-coast for McHappy Day on Wednesday, May 8. On McHappy Day, McDonald's donates $1 from every Big Mac, Happy Meal, and hot McCafé beverage sold to local RMHC and other local children's charities. Since 1977, McHappy Day has raised more...
Pay It Forward | May 02, 2019

Cooking tacos for RMHC

Who doesn't love tacos? That's what the Payworks Marketing Team was thinking when they were planning a Home for Dinner for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Manitoba in July.  Home for Dinner is a RMHC program where volunteer groups prepare a home-cooked meal for families staying at their local Ronald McDonald House. Payworks is a National Partner of RMHC Canada, the everlasting organization that supports Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs - such as Home for Dinner. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for out of town families with sick children being treated at a nearby hospital. The Home for Dinner program is a way for members in the community to further assist these families, because after a long day at the hospital there's nothing more appreciated than a...
Pay It Forward | Apr 25, 2019

Lacing up their skates to support the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy

Some of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities Payworks staff are involved in are initiatives that have grown out of one of our employee’s desire to give back or get involved with an organization within the community. The 23 individuals who volunteer for the True North Youth Foundation’s Living Philanthropy Program is such a case. Chief Innovation...
Pay It Forward | Apr 18, 2019

The most popular way to Pay it Forward

Dating back to when Payworks first launched its Pay it Forward Day in late 2015, one of the very first charitable organizations that our staff chose to support was Hour of Code. Since that time, over the years Hour of Code has proved to be one of the more popular ways that members of our Development Team have chosen to spend their paid day off to volunteer...
Pay It Forward | Apr 11, 2019

The invaluable experience of being a United Way Sponsored Executive

One of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities that takes Payworks staff out of the office for approximately 90 working days is being a Sponsored Executive (SE) with the United Way. Payworks has participated in the SE program for the past four years with United Way Winnipeg, which means for a three month time period we pay one of our staff’s salary so...
Pay It Forward | Feb 09, 2019

Paying Forward the Gift of Life

Marketing and Communications Specialist Cheryl Waldner used her Pay it Forward Day to continue her support of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) - a not-for-profit organization that champions and safeguards blood, plasma, stem cells, as well as organs and tissues in Canada. On January 14, she expanded her Blood Services portfolio by volunteering at their...
Pay It Forward | Jan 19, 2019

Lots to celebrate with United Way Winnipeg

United Way Winnipeg held their Campaign 2018 Celebration event on January 17, wrapping up their most successful campaign yet with $21,300,000 raised for the critical work United Way agencies do in Winnipeg every day!  United Way Winnipeg 2018 Campaign Chair Barb Gamey (Payworks CEO) was gifted with an Adirondack chair to enjoy at her cottage this summer,...
Pay It Forward | Oct 25, 2018

Co-Chairs of GenNext Summit

The United Way GenNext Summit is a leadership development and networking conference that creates an opportunity for Winnipeg’s next generation to listen, discuss, and be inspired. This year on Oct. 17, the 400+ attendees heard from Mark Chipman (True North Sports and Entertainment), Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud (One Just City), Niks Vik (Parlour Coffee), Jane Helbrecht (Acuity HR Solutions), Dave Angus (Johnston Group), and many more. This line-up of inspiring individuals trended on Twitter, #GenNextSummit2018.  Who put together this stellar line-up? None other than Payworks’ own Business Development Specialist, Callan Davey and Business Analyst Dee dela Cruz. These two ladies worked tirelessly alongside United Way Winnipeg’s GenNext Council to co-chair their GenNext Summit Event for 2018. “I...
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