Spring 2016

businesshealth® newsletter
Spring 2016 vol. 12-2

Giving Back – With Heart

Heart is the focus of this issue of businesshealth®, literally in our exploration of cardiovascular disease, and figuratively as we discover that, in an age of global migration, giving begets giving back, and reaching out builds a foundation for successful new lives: 

  • Our Editorial sets the theme - doing good energizes employees, creates meaning and leads to a higher-performing workforce.  
  • We learn of a major initiative to give refugees a positive start, and discover how a former refugee, giving back, has created a successful company with a vision of goodness at its core. 
  • We find out about a physician, son of an immigrant and grandson of an orphan, who is giving back by establishing a family foundation and helping in an orphanage in India. 

Giving Back and Benefits

Against the stereotype that successful businesses are mainly concerned with the bottom line, another type of value also translates into increased productivity, even though it involves giving back. This value, often associated with goodness, leads to engaged workers committed with their hearts to causes beyond the products they sell. Success can, in fact, be measured in goodness, and in ideals that inspire workers, especially youth, and make the journey through life easier and more fun for everyone. bh

“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life”
Arthur Ashe

In This Issue

Finding Meaning: Doing Good Energizes Us All - To make the world a better place for people in need, we must reach out both internationally and locally. “Doing good” for others is energizing - for the people in need and the ones providing the assistance. Why? Because it gives every single one of us meaning, purpose and, for many, hope for a better future.  Read More »
Interview with Jim Estill, President and CEO, Danby Group - Jim Estill is a Guelph businessman who is personally sponsoring 50 Syrian refugee families and, in effect, leading a community-wide settlement initiative that involves volunteers from faith groups, social agencies and other businesses. From Estill’s point of view, “Its just doing the right thing is all it is.”  Read More »
Putting People And Goodness First... participate, have fun and give back - Brand Momentum Inc. (BMI) says its culture is rooted in Goodness. Cynics are sceptical. They say that the bottom line is always about money, that business cannot succeed without a focus on profits and winning at all costs. Fortunately, BMI proves them wrong. Since 2009, BMI has grown to be Canada’s largest privately held sales and marketing agency with a team of 900 employees operating across Canada and recognition as one of Canada’s best places to work. Life Momentum (LM), its philanthropic foundation, supports initiatives for disadvantaged youth in Canada and the world.  Read More »
Cardiovascular Disease - Managing the Impact on Workplaces - Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is no stranger in the workplace. It is there with employees whose health history includes a heart attack or stroke or who say they have hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. It is lurking in the background for those with other risk factors like smoking, diabetes or obesity. It is a leading cause of death and hospitalization in Canada and the biggest driver of prescription drug use in the country (Heart and Stroke Foundation).  Read More »
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) - Dr. Pandey is a Cardiologist and Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University. He is staff cardiologist at Cambridge Memorial Hospital in Cambridge and St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Read More »
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