Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 3

The holiday season is upon us and, amoungst the hustle and bustle, a group of Iridians ventured out to give back to both their local and international community. Check out how they made a difference:

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This holiday season, our Iridia in the Community group chose to support Soup Sisters. Soup Sisters is a not-for-profit, charitable, social enterprise that was founded in 2009 by local Calgarian, Sharon Hapton, who had the simple belief in the power of soup to provide care and warmth for two of society’s most prevalent issues: domestic abuse and youth homelessness.

Thousands of people come across Canada to make, share, and donate over 10,000 servings of fresh and delicious soup for women, children, and youth each month. On December 2nd, we joined this initiative by taking part in one of the many Soup Sisters events offered throughout Vancouver.

We came together with other like-minded volunteers to make soup for Margaret’s Housing for Older Woman. It was a very inspirational evening because we were making soup for women who are 55 years old or older, have suffered domestic violence, and have limited income. So, this resident housing for these women really look forward to this soup.

Our soup not only helps these women financially, but also provides a healthy and nutritious meal. Our team made 27L of turkey meatball soup, contributing to 159L of soup in total to Margaret’s Housing.

One of the most exciting things about Soup Sisters and the evening that we spent together was to really hear the stories about how all the women were very excited about the soup that we made and, in particular, the turkey meatball soup was a big popular one. So that was really refreshing. It was also really neat to be able to write the customized messages on the labels for the soup, knowing that when they went to get it, they would actually read it and maybe feel a little bit of warmth as it came from us to them. So, really exciting night at Soup Sisters.

But then our team also got together and wanted to challenge ourselves and look at how we could define community another way. So that was our local community contribution, but we thought we’d look internationally as well. So, we challenged a few firms that are friends of ours and we asked them if they wanted to join us in supporting Playground Builders. They are an organization co-founded by Kirby Brown who I met at Creative Mornings and they do a really great job of building playgrounds for children in places like Afghanistan and Gaza. The opportunity to play is something that many of us really just take for granted; it’s such a part of growing up and these kids don’t have that opportunity. We wanted to help change that a little bit.

So we reached out and we challenged a few of our friend companies: Blackbridge Search Partners, White Rock U-Lock Storage, and Limulus and we wanted to see if they wanted to join us in supporting Playgournd Builders. And very happy to say that they did. They really bought in to what we were doing and they all contributed in kind. And we were able to make a donation that will help see at least a few more smiles on kids in some of these countries abroad.

And lastly I would just say like, hey take advantage of this as an impetus to see what you can do in your community. Small contributions, in this case $100 apiece, a little bit of time, are all that it took to take meaningfully make a difference in the lives of some people. I hope that you were inspired by this and that you look to do something in your own community, however it is that you define community. Thanks!


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 2

Remembrance Day has has passed a couple weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop reflecting and honouring the sacrifices that veterans have made to protect us. Our second group of Iridians spent their time and resources to raise awareness to these heroes. Take a look at the video below to see how they made a difference:

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When we asked Canadians about what they think of when they think about our Canadian troops, many pictured an image of a soldier in uniform, like an Air Force pilot or navy officer. However, many overlook the transition our veterans are going through from an active military career to a healthy, stable civilian lifestyle. This transition can be challenging as they can struggle with unemployment and coping with their physical and/or mental illnesses.

Our veterans have given the entirety of their lives to protect our country, our freedom, and our values. But when they come back, they struggle with many things that we take for granted:

  • Many veterans struggle with physical and mental illnesses.
  • Many veterans have difficulty finding steady jobs afterward.
  • Some veterans can end up losing their families and their homes.

Our veterans once fought for us. Iridia chooses to fight for them.

With our Iridia in the Community project, we have donated our funds to the Royal Legion of Canada and received poppy pins. Then, we took the poppy pins, shared these pins in advance of Remembrance Day, and encouraged conversations as to why we should honour our Canadian veterans. We can continuously show our support to organizations like the Royal Canadian Legion and Vets Canada by volunteering our time and showing financial support through donations. Also, you can share this video to your friends, family, and people around you so that we can raise awareness and start a conversation about veterans around us.

Together, let’s fight for those who have fought for us.


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 1 and Part 3 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Iridia in the Community 2016 – Part 1

After a weekend, or in some cases an entire week, of shopping deals, Giving Tuesday is a day to step back and consider how our thankfulness can flow outward to those in need. With so many causes to stand up for, Iridia is launching our 3rd annual Iridia in the Community initiative. This initiative highlights our value of social responsibility by enabling employees to find ways to give back to their community.

This year, we’ve divided Iridians into three groups and challenged them to give back to their communities in a way that is meaningful to them. Take a look at the video below to see what one group is fighting for.

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You and I may have to decide between pasta and rice for dinner. But hundreds of thousands of Canadians are faced with a much harder decision: groceries or rent. Poverty brings over 850,000 Canadians each year to food banks in order satisfy one of their most basic needs: safe, good-quality nutritious foods. And, 36% of these people are children and youth.

This year, as part of our Iridia in the Community, we chose to combat hunger. In Fort St. John, we donated $100 worth of gift certificates to the Women’s Resource Centre for their food bank.

In Vancouver, we will be volunteering at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and have started a virtual food bank fundraiser. For every $1 donated, the food bank will be able to buy up to $3 worth of food. Join us in this fight against hunger by donating to your local food bank or by helping us hit our $500 goal. If you donate food, please ensure that it matches your food bank’s needs. Contact your local food bank and see how they could use your support.

Spread the word and raise awareness as to how you can help this holiday season. Talk about it. Share this video. Together, we hope to make a difference.


To see how other groups decided to make a difference, check out Part 2 and Part 3 of our Iridia in the Community initiative!

Vote For Your Community Hero

Community Hero Award 2016

Iridia has always been invested in empowering people to save lives by providing the public with the right tools, education, and resources. But let’s face it. We can’t do it alone. Our communities rely on everyday heroes whose dedication to safety may never reach the spotlight, but who donate their time and resources anyway to make their communities a safer place.

This year, in celebration of Iridia Day (July 7th), we are looking to celebrate the achievements of those who have demonstrated excellence towards public health and safety in their community and provide them with a way to give back more. We have been collecting nominations over the last week and, today, we are proud to present to you the top 3 finalists. Read their stories and vote for who you believe should win the award.

  1. Amanda Ockeloen and Bawn Campbell of the Rotary Club of Bowen Island
    The Rotary Club of Bowen Island has started an extensive Community Public Access to Defibrillation Program. This would not have been possible without the two AED Champions who drove this project forward: Bawn Campbell and Amanda Ockeloen. Their dedication to increasing the survival rate of Sudden Cardiac Arrest provided the energy and drive for the Club’s tireless work over the last few years in expanding Bowen Island’s AED program to 8 units. Together with the community, they worked on placing the AEDs, protecting them from the elements with their signature AED Bird Houses, as well as training the community in both CPR and AED use.
     
  2. Whole Way House
    Whole Way House is a Vancouver-based charitable society that serves approximately 85 low-income tenants in the Downtown Eastside. Working with residents transitioning out of homelessness, most of whom struggle with mental illness and/or addiction, can create a high risk environment. As a result, they have worked hard to bring in available safety training to empower and educate their volunteers and residents for emergency situations. Their recent efforts have already enabled peace of mind in one incident where a volunteer helped a resident suffering from a seizure. Whole Way House’s work in furthering the belief that everyone should feel safe in their own home is taking strides in bringing about a culture of health and safety to their Downtown Eastside residents.
     
  3. YVR – Vancouver International Airport
    Vancouver Airport Authority promotes health and safety to employees and travellers alike. They have placed AEDs in accessible and convenient locations across the airport, they actively raise awareness about Sudden Cardiac Arrest, and they provide opportunities for their employees and travellers to learn more about CPR skills. Their AED program has already seen benefits, with multiple lives saved over the last year. And that’s just one of their initiatives. Their heart for health and safety can also be seen in their President’s Award for Safety Excellence program, where employees are encouraged to create innovative safety solutions.
     

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Iridia in the Community 2016

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3 years ago, Iridia Medical was born. As we rebranded from Global Medical Services, we emerged with a refreshed identity and a new set of values that we live and breathe. Today, on our branding anniversary, we would like to give you a glimpse of how we live out our value of Social Responsibility.

Iridia in the Community is an initiative that demonstrates our commitment to social responsibility. This annual initiative provides our employees with the opportunity to give back to and engage with their communities, as well as share with others the causes that are important to them. In December 2015, each employee was provided with $50 to give back to their community however they saw fit. We then requested them to share how they used the money and why they chose that organization.

The videos below give you a sense what our employees are passionate about, as well as what organizations in BC are doing to make the city, the province, and the world a better place.




Other donations from Iridia employees include:

To learn more about last year’s Iridia in the Community donations, see our 2014 wrap up blog post and highlight video.

Iridia Does Vegas: Learn, Innovate, and Experience

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How does Iridia become one of the fastest growing companies for 5 years running? A large part of it is our focus on client experiences. In order to deliver exceptional client experiences, we have developed and continue to refine our Ideal Client Journey. Vegas, as a city built around delivering an Ideal Client Journey to all its visitors, provides a perfect platform for inspiration and motivation.

Our annual trip to Vegas is centred around 3 objectives:

  • Learn – We are all students on this trip, and our instructors are be the city, its people, and the world’s biggest brands
  • Innovate – Vegas gives us exposure to ideas and concepts that we can bring back and include in Iridia’s success formula
  • Experience – Iridia Does Vegas is an opportunity for us to step fully into the role of a participant and observe everything that contributes to the experiences Vegas has to offer

The city of Vegas provides a spectrum of learning opportunities. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites for you.

Consumer Electronics Show – Innovation Central

Every January, the city of Las Vegas hosts the Consumer Electronics Show, one of the largest trade shows on the planet. With over 180,000 attendees and 2.4 million square feet of floor space, the conference takes place in 3 separate convention centers. For many companies, this is their primary platform for announcing new products and showcasing the greatest in consumer electronics technology.

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An industry-only event, Iridia attends as a way to learn from the exhibitors and to identify any products that we may eventually look to retail ourselves. Exhibitors use a lot of ways to engage the attendees. For example, all you need is a valid license to take a BMW i3, m4 or i8 for a spin. Or, step into the massive Samsung booth and view hundreds of their products. If seeing is not enough, their demonstration models allow you to personally experience their products. You don’t have to look far to see innovation.

Zappos – A Client Focus Role Model

Zappos is the largest online shoe retailer in America, with their headquarters in Downtown Las Vegas. Their focus on superior customer service makes them a prime learning opportunity. They have built a company culture that has boosted them to over $1 billion in sales, on top of being featured in Fortune’s Top 100 Companies to Work For, for 6 years running.

From an open work environment, interest in employee well-being, and work flexibility, Zappos is one of the top companies to learn from. In an hour and a half, the Zappos headquarters tour provided us with an intimate overview of the company and how they operate, as well as unique ideas for our own office and employees.

Can’t get to Vegas? Their CEO’s book Delivering Happiness gives you a great taste on the company’s culture.

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Other Iridia Does Vegas 2016 Experiences

From its beginnings in the early 20th century, Las Vegas has blossomed from being a haven for gamblers and illegal activity to a city that focuses on providing world-class entertainment experiences.
What is it about certain atmospheres that create a longing for more? We visited some of the best hotels, shows, and restaurants with a strong experiential element to learn. From breath-taking themes to top-notch service, these were just two of the businesses that kept us on the edge of our seats.

  • Rose.Rabbit.Lie was experiential dining at its finest. A meal was made vibrant by live music and dynamic entertainment. The restaurant itself moved and shifted throughout the night!
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  • Cirque Du Soleil is a world-class circus for good reason. We went to see Zarkana and were not disappointed. Outside the theatre, every detail was purposefully designed to revolve around the show’s theme. Once we got inside, the staff’s guidance to our seats and the pre-show performances set up the circus mood, building anticipation for the show itself. The main event kept us intrigued and engaged. There was always something happening and virtually no downtime. From a live band, scenes switching on the fly, moving stages, and the performers seamlessly switching in and out, the experience, it was perfect.

In conclusion

A trip to Vegas may not seem like the most obvious catalyst for growth, but it has brought us excitement, inspiration and ideas. Whether it was CES 2016, the Zappos tour, a show or the city itself, each one of us took something special home with them from their time in Vegas.

Think about it this way, if going into a business was as fun and memorable as going to Vegas, wouldn’t you want to go?

Do You Have A Minute to Save A Life?

If you had one minute to learn how to save someone’s life, would you take that opportunity?

Iridia Medical is excited to be teaming up with London Drugs for the second annual Do You Have a Minute to Save a Life Campaign. We are giving you a chance to test your CPR skills and learn how to apply an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). With our SmartMan Manikins in-store, you will get real-time, visual, and objective feedback on your CPR compressions and ventilations. With your help, our goal is to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and the steps involved in responding to one.

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The Impact of CPR and AED Use

40,000 cardiac arrests happen annually in Canada – that’s one every 13 minutes. While it’s estimated that only 5% of Canadians survive a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, this probability can be increased with growing awareness of the importance of CPR and AED use. In fact, with early application of CPR and an AED, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest doubles! However, this is dependent on everyday people knowing how to respond.

Our Partner

London Drugs continues to be a partner of choice for our awareness campaigns, as they are a pioneer in workplace AED programs. As the first major retailer in Canada to put AEDs into all their stores, they have also trained over 1,000 employees in CPR and the use of AEDs.

Event Details

Come visit us at anytime between 10am-2pm on the dates below for a chance to test your skills.

  • Wed, Feb 03 – New Westminster-Westminster Centre (555 6th St, New West)
  • Wed, Feb 10 – Surrey Guildford Town Centre (2300-10355 152nd St, Surrey)
  • Wed, Feb 17 – Vancouver Broadway & Ash (525 W Broadway, Vancouver)
  • Wed, Feb 24 – Brentwood Town Centre (4567 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby)

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month is upon us!

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness month and we’ve launched a few exciting initiatives for 2015. Each year 40,000 Canadians die of SCA, but with the right tools and training, we can all work to reduce this number. If an AED and CPR are applied to an SCA, survival rates increase greatly.

This month, we’ve got a number of different events happening, all of which help raise awareness and increase SCA survival rates. We’re pleased to announce the launch of an updated workshop and an all new awareness event we are hosting at YVR!

“Do you have a minute to save a life?” Event at YVR

This October, Iridia Medical has decided to raise awareness for SCA with a the “Do you have a minute to Save a life?” event. We have partnered with London Drugs in the past to host this event in store, and now we will be working with YVR to host the event within the Vancouver Airport.

We will be at YVR at the following days in October:

  • Friday October 2 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 14 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 21 10AM – 2PM
  • Wednesday October 28 10AM – 2PM

Come visit us in front of the “The Jade Canoe” statue located in the International & USA Terminal.

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We’ve just launched our new updated Cardiac Arrest Management Workshop

When it comes to responding to a cardiac emergency, we’ve developed a unique workshop specifically designed to train anyone on how to use an AED, and how to perform CPR. Our updated CAM Workshop features a more fun and relaxed environment to learn these essential skills. We’ve taken the workshop which has already trained thousands to a new level with updated equipment and activities for students.

 

Take a look at our page for the new CAM Workshop and contact Iridia for more information on booking a private group session.

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Discounts on all AEDs in the month of October

As a way to celebrate SCA Awareness month, we are offering a 10% discount on all AEDs purchased in the month of October. This includes our brand new Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 AED.

If you’re interested in learning more about the AED’s we offer, please visit our AED section or contact our sales department today.

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We hope you’re as excited as we are about SCA Awareness Month. Make sure to visit our Facebook or Twitter page to keep up to date with everything that will be happening!

Certifying the Next Generation Health Care Providers in BC!

UBC RN SocietyAfter a successful sponsorship opportunity with the 2015 Graduating Class of Nursing Students at the University of British Columbia, Iridia was honored to be selected as the preferred training provider to certify the second year cohorts in Basic Life Support and Mask Fit Testing!

On behalf of the education team at Iridia we want to thank Matthew, Kirk and Shivinder the President and Vice-President of the Nursing Undergrad Society for initiating this event and inviting Iridia to UBC on June 11 and 20th, 2015. We had a fabulous time certifying the next generation of Health Care Providers in BC!

A special thanks to our committed instructors Dr. Allan Holmes, Jeff Kain, Ole Olsen, Zahra Solawala, Tom Jones and Tom Attieh for creating a transformative experience for this group!

For anyone who missed this opportunity please do not hesitate to contact us to organize your own BLS or Mask Fit Testing with Iridia.

Testimonials

“Best course I’ve ever taken! Instructors were engaging and knowledgeable. Everything was great!”

“Was great to have healthcare professionals who could answer questions for real life situations and explain physiological reasons”

Iridia Medical provides engaging, practical emergency medical training to healthcare personnel and lay rescuers. Rooted in best practices, content is delivered by highly experienced medical professionals, who balance learner skill, knowledge, and experience.

To provide the highest quality medical education, all of our workshops can be customized to meet your organization’s targeted educational needs and booked for private groups across British Columbia.

To view the schedule, please visit our website,  or contact us directly to discuss the possibilities of developing a course specialized for your group.

 

Celebrate Iridia Day for a Chance to Win a Harbor Air Voucher!

For 77 Blog1Iridia Medical has achieved great success becoming one of the countries Fastest Growing Companies and today, on the 7th day of the 7th month, we want to honor our brand and the people behind it. We invite you to celebrate Iridia day with us, by showing us how well you know the Iridia team, you will be eligible to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

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First let’s start with a few things we do know

  1. Our Vancouver based headquarters is affectionately named the “Iridiaplex”
  2. Working together to Enable Peace of Mind are our four divisions; Healthcare Consulting, Remote Care Services, Sudden Cardiac Arrest Solutions and Medical Education
  3. In 2013 the company re-branded and the name Iridia was born, a variant of Iridium, the 77th element in the Periodic Table
  4. Iridia’s Mobile Medical Unit (I-MASH) was the first big initiative under the new brand, offering remote work camps the mobility of an ambulance with the modern day amenities of a hospital
  5. Iridia and the SCA Division are a key partner in two public access to defibrillation (PAD) programs – the BC Heart and Stroke PAD Program and the National AED Program Federal Initiative
  6. In British Columbia, Iridia Medical is the leading provider of ongoing cardiac care education
  7. Iridians are amongst 1.5 million people participating in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC)!

Now, let’s see how well you know the people behind Iridia’s success

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The highly innovative team of individuals brings a wealth of knowledge and dynamic skills to the table, but do you know who prefers their greens over grits or who hails from the land down under? To commemorate Iridia Day, we challenge you to go behind the brand and test your Iridian knowledge for a chance to win big, and we’re talking BHAG big! By answering 7 out of 7 questions correctly your name will be entered in a draw to win a $100 Harbor Air Gift Voucher!

Think you got what it takes?

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Contest Rules and Regulations

Entry limited to one per person.  Must be over 18 years of age. Contest closes in 7 days. Winner announced on July 14, 2015. Although we welcome and encourage Iridia Medical staff to participate, your ballot will not be eligible for the prize draw.