When you love what you do and you love who you work with, every day can be inspiring. And if you’ve ever felt truly inspired by the people around you, you know it isn’t something you take for granted. We are incredibly grateful for the team that we get to work with each day. They are the friendly faces behind our friendly brand, who reflect our values as a company – friendly, honest, reliable, smart, forward and involved.
Recognizing the hard work and talent of our employees is an important part of our work culture, which is why each year we hold our Inspire Awards to celebrate the success and achievements of our team members. Our Inspire Awards went virtual for the first time this past year and even though we couldn’t host our usual company-wide, in-person event, nothing was going to stop us from giving these folks the acknowledgement they deserve!
Who are the well-deserving recipients of our 2020 Inspire Awards? We’re proud to introduce you to them and tell you a bit more about what makes them so great!
Friendly Award – Jordan Minter, Facilities Technician
Kind, respectful and ready to make you smile. An employee whose positive attitude is infectious internally and externally. They demonstrate a relentless commitment to customer service and teamwork. They serve as a role model in their department by promoting a work and service environment that inspires respect and collaboration.
What is the best career advice you’ve ever heard?
If you’re 5 minutes early, then you’re 10 minutes late.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love completing a task and feeling accomplished.
What are you most excited about right now?
I am most looking forward to seeing more friendly faces return. Even the grumpy ones (haha)!
What’s your favourite part of the workday?
Midday for sure. I get revitalized after the second coffee.
How would your 10 year old self react to what I do now?
He would say “They pay you for that? Don’t blow it”
Reliable Award – Shawn Hubley, Fibre Optics Specialist
Always there and ready to help. An employee who is always willing to assist their coworkers. They have demonstrated an ability to achieve results by working collaboratively within and outside of their department. They successfully implement joint efforts to achieve common goals and they encourage participation and engagement by welcoming the ideas and perspectives of others.
What originally got you interested in your current field of work?
It sounded cool. I was working on the service desk and we were starting to expand with Fibre deployment. I signed up to go dig holes and trench for a summer because I thought it would help in my role at the time and be a great way to learn about our service from the other end. I really enjoyed the work and the challenge, so I chose to stay with the field team.
What's the best career advice you've ever heard?
It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission.
What makes you feel most accomplished in your career?
Seeing our network and how much it's grown. We went from a handful of fibre customers in the downtown area to builds that stretch from one end of the city to the other. We are growing our network every single day - it’s cool to be a part of it.
Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately and what’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Snooze all the way - at least until my wife gets annoyed, then check emails.