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Acts of Kindness part of MaKami team-building in Calgary and Edmonton

 


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Every little bit helps.


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That’s according to Marja Pavkovic-Tovissi, CEO of MaKami College, as staff in both campuses in Calgary and Edmonton did random acts of kindness this week to build team spirit and also help families in need as Alberta struggles through an economic downturn.


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“This is just a simple way to show that you are not helpless,” said Pavkovic-Tovissi. “You can be something great to someone else, even if it’s someone giving a small kid a bike.”


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MaKami College staff in each of the cities built 10 bicycles — all donated from Toys R’ Us. Staff were split into teams to compete against each other, as to who can build the safest bike in the fastest time.


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“With the state of the current economic situation, we just want to do something to give back — it will make a small difference,” said Pavkovic-Tovissi.


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“This is a great way to not only help our staff bond and give back, but to spread kindness throughout the city and make people feel good.”


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Staff members — the more petitite ones like field trip co-ordinator Odeta — would do quality control after the bikes were built by riding the set of wheels through a classroom in the college.


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Once a bike was completed a team would pose for pictures, followed by loud cheering coming from fellow co-workers. It was a similar scenario in Calgary June 7.


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“With the state of the current economic situation, we just want to do something to give back — it will make a small difference,” said Pavkovic-Tovissi.


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“This is a great way to not only help our staff bond and give back, but to spread kindness throughout the city and make people feel good.”


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After finishing the bikes, staff braved the rain in Edmonton to do random acts of kindness across the city, followed by competing in a treasure hunt challenge at Gold Bar Park, were the winning team can win $1,000 for the charity of their choice. In Calgary, staff did similar exercises and ended up at Heritage Park for their scavenger hunt.


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Scheduled classes were cancelled for the day at both campuses.

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