Every year as the holidays approach, there is much talk of Santa Claus, family and the dreaded Christmas shopping. But it’s also a time to reflect on the year that has passed. What did you set out to accomplish in 2013?

From day one, Long View’s vision has been to be a great company with great people who do great work for our clients – but also who give back in their communities. Over the last year, we have been able to support many of the not for profit organizations across North America that our people volunteer for, and also some that have really touched our hearts.

A few of these are:

Spark Science Center
Rethink Breast Cancer
Big Brothers Big Sisters
United Way
Youth Singers of Calgary
Canadian Cancer Society
BC Childrens Hospital
16 Ways Foundation
Meals on Wheels

In May, 2013, some of our staff, friends and family travelled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to build 3 school playgrounds. We all paid our own way for the trip, and others across Long View pulled together to raise $25,000, enough to not only cover the cost of the playground materials, but to also provide program costs for a “Long View Summer Camp”, an educational camp for children.

Every day I hear about a way that someone, somewhere is giving back. Just this morning I learned that we have a group of people in Vancouver playing in a charity hockey tournament in support of BC Children’s Hospital.

We are so proud of our Long View family for all that they do to help make our world a better place. So while you are indulging in a holiday feast or watching your friends and family enjoy the magic of this time, think about what you hope to accomplish in 2014. Dream big. You never know what you can accomplish, until you try.

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