Feb. 7, 2019 (Saskatoon, CANADA) – Vendasta is celebrating efforts to help create more diverse and inclusive work environments, as it receives the Saskatoon Open Door Society (SODS)’s Employer Partner of the Year award.
The honour was announced as part of the SODS Annual Diversity Awards Gala Thursday night at the Delta Bessborough Hotel. The gala dinner celebrates the achievements of companies and individuals that have shown exceptional leadership in workplace diversity and an inclusive attitude toward immigrants.
The Employer Partner of the Year award is given to a Saskatoon business that successfully utilized SODS services to attract employees and engage with the newcomer community. Vendasta participates in SODS’ WeConnect Job Fairs, and is active with the organization’s Skills 4 Work program, assisting with mock interviews and workplace tours.
Viola Lu discovered Vendasta through the Skills 4 Work program. She immigrated from Shanghai, China last summer.
“Vendasta was helping with the mock interviews, and gave a really impressive and informative speech that attracted me to know more about Vendasta,” said Lu. “It’s why I’m working here, and I’m really proud to be a Vendastian.”
“An employee’s willingness to work with others and adapt to uncertainty and change are crucial in our fast-paced tech world,” said Vendasta People Operations Specialist Brooke Trippel. “Newcomers embody these traits in their life-changing decision to move into a new environment and culture. This has led Vendasta to have great success in hiring newcomers.”
About 13 percent of the company’s workforce is new to Canada, from places like the United States, China, Brazil, Ireland, and Australia. Four recent hires connected with Vendasta through SODS programming.
“Diversity is increasingly important in today’s workplace, as it is in our communities,” said SODS Executive Director Ali Abukar. “Vendasta recognizes this through their enthusiastic collaboration with us to welcome, hire and support newcomers to Canada. Vendasta’s continued involvement over the past three years in our job-readiness classes – for instance, by participating in mock interviews – has allowed our clients to build their confidence and enabled them to land a job. It’s a win-win for newcomers and for Saskatoon.”
Vendasta sends their heartfelt congratulations to the other businesses honoured at the awards ceremony. This is the second consecutive year Vendasta has received the Employer Partner of the Year Award.
Find more information about Vendasta’s current career opportunities here.
Vendasta is a software company that builds a platform for helping local businesses with digital marketing. Sold exclusively through channel partners — including agencies, broadcasters, publishers, banks, telecoms, and more — the Vendasta platform enables sales professionals to brand it as their own and provide re-sellable products and services to local businesses around the world. Vendasta has been named one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada and one of the top 500 fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte. It has also been listed on Canadian Business Magazine’s Growth 500 for three consecutive years. For more information, visit www.vendasta.com.
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