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All blog posts by Kevin Dee, Chairman at Eagle — Canada’s premier staffing agency, related to charitable giving.

The Joy of Giving

Teambuilding event that built bikes for deserving kidsCorporate Social Responsibility has been a priority for our company since we started in 1996.  We didn’t know it was called CSR, we just knew that we had a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we operated.

As a company we also encourage all of our staff to get involved … we have a very high participation rate in a payroll deduction program that supports the United Way. We also encourage our people to take a charity day each year to devote to a cause.

Giving money is an important part of supporting those in need, but getting involved and giving your time can be incredibly rewarding.  You get to actually meet the people who are benefiting from your help, and see what a difference you are making for them.

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike

Just one example of how good it can feel when you see the impact of your generosity was a team building event our company ran.  The event was unique in that not only did it promote team building, but the outcome was that the teams each built a child’s bike which was to be donated through the YMCA/YWCA to a deserving child.  The added twist was when a dozen 8, 9 and 10 year olds showed up with their parents to claim their bikes!  I lost count of the tears I saw among the Eagle team, and I had a little tear going myself, when the kid’s faces lit up on seeing those bikes.

I have had that same experience when talking to people who have been through the addiction program that my wife and I support.  I have seen the 600 kids each year that attend the Young Authors and Illustrators Conference that our company sponsors. I have been fortunate to have been involved with many such situations.

If you can find a cause that touches your soul it will make you a better person, it will show you the power of helping others and ultimately the biggest winner is us.

Giving to others helps us to grow, to have a different outlook in life, to appreciate what we have and to be more positive.

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is real joy in giving!

Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Invest in Yourself

live love laugh sing PLAY TO WINStephen Covey wrote about the Emotional Bank Account, explaining that for every relationship we have, there exists an imaginary bank account.

In order to invest in each relationship we need to make deposits in that account, and whenever we make withdrawals we are harming that relationship.

The theory being that we need to deposit more than we withdraw if we are to have a healthy relationship.

Life is like that!

There is a cost to everything, and if you make deposits in your account then you are investing in your own success.

While this will relate to money, more importantly it relates to every aspect of your life … your career, your relationships, your hobbies, your education, your success, your health and fitness, your aspirations, dreams and anything else you can think of!

The good news is that it is easy to see how you can have a positive impact on your life … make deposits into YOUR Life Bank Account!

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make.  It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.”  Robin Sharma

Here are 10 Deposits that anyone could make in their Life Bank Account:

1.  Take a course to enhance your career.  A technical course related to your profession or a soft skills course applicable to any career.  Invest in your future.

2.  Start a fitness plan, or add to your fitness plan.  Don’t go crazy, but do something that increases your activity level.

3.  Read.  Newspapers (online or paper versions); books; periodicals; magazines.  Enhance your knowledge and make yourself more interesting!

4.  Volunteer.  Give back, devote some time to others … you will get immeasurable pleasure from giving.

5.   Reduce and eventually drop one of your “bad habits” … it could be sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine or some other habit.

6.  Invest time in the key people in your life.  Find ways to build those relationships.

7.  Capture your ideas and dreams in one place.  A book, on the computer, file folders … whatever works for you.  Read it and add to it regularly.

8.  Create a list of all of the things that you should be grateful for … the big things and the little pleasures.  Pull this out when you need a boost, but also on a regular basis to add all of the latest “good stuff”.

9.  Take control of your time, be as productive as you can possibly be … but also make sure you find time to do the things that are most important to you!

10.  Set Goals!  Goals give you a direction for your life, a roadmap to follow and a means to motivate yourself.  If you want to make just one deposit into your Life Bank Account this is it!

“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” Unknown 

Once you start depositing into that Life Bank Account you will start to see the results of that investment … we need to make deposits before we have anything to withdraw!

Kevin Dee is founder of  Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Eagle’s Series of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the world by storm over the past couple weeks and, like many other companies, Eagle participated at offices across the country. In addition to making some fun videos, the Eagle Team also made donations to ALS and we’re proud to say that in total, we contributed over $2,000!

How did this initiative make its way through Eagle? It started with Dan Glenn, a Recruitment Specialist from our Calgary office:


Kevin Dee was first to answer the call…


…while Terry Power, Eagle’s President, responded to a challenge he received from within the staffing industry.


Eagle’s Calgary branch participated as a team and challenged their counterparts to follow suit.


Ottawa was quick to respond…


…followed by Toronto…


…and Montreal, who took it to a whole new level.


Finally the team from Edmonton stepped up to the plate!


We hope you enjoy watching these videos (we had fun making them), but more importantly, please take a minute to visit the ALS website and make your donation if you haven’t already.

Lend a Hand

MLK quote about doing for othersMy theory on helping others is that I get as much out of the “giving” as they are likely to get from the “receiving”.

It feels good to help others.

It is what makes our society so good, so civilised and so admired.

Using the “Pay It Forward” concept you can think of it as payment for favors done to you during your life, or favors that you might yet receive.

If you have ever been in a position where a little boost would have meant a great deal, then you already know how much your help would be appreciated.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”  Anne Frank

That should be enough … and for many people it is, so why not be one of those people that help others?

What could you do?

1. Help a neighbour in need.

  • Perhaps an elderly person could do with some help cutting the grass, getting groceries, getting to an appointment … you could do that!
  • Perhaps someone needs help with a project; because many hands mean light work… you could do that!
  • Perhaps someone is new to the neighbourhood and could do with advise … you could do that!

2. Help a new grad, because it is tough getting that first job.

  • Could you open a door?
  • Could you give career advice?
  • Could you help with a resume?

3. Help a charity, because there are many that need help.

  • Could you donate a few dollars?
  • Could you donate some clothes or furniture?
  • Could you donate some time?

4. Help a stranger.

  • If someone is looking lost could you help them find their way?
  • If someone is homeless and selling the “Outreach paper” could you buy one?
  • If someone is struggling to get in somewhere could you open the door?

5. Help a colleague.

  • Is someone in need of a mentor at work … could you help.
  • Is someone in need of help on a particular project?
  • Is someone in need of a little advice?

6. Help a relative/friend.

  • Be there for them.
  • Help in whatever way you can.
  • Build your relationship by giving more than taking.

If you live your life with an attitude of helping others you will not only feel good about yourself but you will be surprised how often people are willing to help you!

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”   John Andrew Holmes

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Why Eagle Supports The Fight to End Cancer (FTEC)

Companies are asked for financial support all the time.  Many of those companies are very generous in their support, and others are not so supportive.  I thought it would be worth giving a perspective on why my company supports our community, using an upcoming event as one example.

FTECThe Fight to End Cancer is a gala event staged each year in Toronto and the proceeds from this event go to the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, which is one of the leading institutions researching cures for cancer.  This is a black tie event which involves a number of white collar, and amateur boxing match-ups.

There are three main reasons that my company supports this event:

1.  It is a very worthwhile cause affecting everybody, and cancer researchers believe that we can find a cure for cancer in our lifetime!  Every day, in Canada alone, more than 500 people will be told that they have cancer.  Just to get that message is an awful thing as they ponder their fate and what they will be facing in the coming months and possibly years.  Every day, in Canada alone, more than 200 people die from this terrible disease.  Two out of every five Canadians will get some form of cancer during their lifetime.  Those are terrible statistics for just one disease, even though it comes in many forms.  With that many people affected it is a certainty that everyone will be touched by this disease at some point in their lives.

2.  My second reason is related to, but much more personal than mere statistics.  Everyone gets affected by this disease!  I have lost friends and relatives to this horrible disease.  I have seen its affects on even the survivors and their families as they battle through the treatments.  This is personal!

3.  The third reason that we support this particular cause is the commitment and drive Kevin boxing at Fight for the Cure 2011demonstrated by the organisers and participants.  I have some understanding of what it takes to put this event together and it involves hundreds of hours of organization from a young local entrepreneur and her team of volunteers.  In addition the boxers are executives who volunteer to learn the skill, get into shape and eventually climb into a ring in front of an audience that includes their friends family, employees and peers.  I know what that feels like because I did it myself in 2011 at a similar event in Ottawa.  For me it was five months of training, learning a new skill, pushing my (old) body a lot more than it had been pushed probably ever, indulging in ever more spirited sparring bouts as the event approached, bloody noses, black eyes and eventually the big event.   There is an old boxing saying that suggests, “Blood is just red sweat!”  That is an indicator of the commitment from these executives!

My company has always been a big supporter of the communities in which we operate.  We believe that we benefit from those communities and it is our duty to give back.  We can’t support every “ask” but this particular event is for a hugely important cause, it affects us all personally and the people involved show an incredible level of commitment.

Hence we agree to be a sponsor for this event, which will be held at the Old Mill in Toronto on June 1st.  (There are a few tickets left so go out and enjoy a great evening, support a great cause and have some fun).  For more details on the event and to buy tickets you could visit the Fight to End Cancer website.

Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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10 Ways to Make It A “Feel Good” Day

Robert Ingersoll quote about givingWe live our lives every day dealing with the normal pressures of life. We build routines and focus on the things we need to do, and some of the things we would like to do.

Every now and again it is a good idea to focus on others, to give, with no expectation of getting anything back.

I call that type of day a “feel good” day, because invariably it feels good to do something for others.

Which begs the question … how come we don’t do it more often?

There are many things that we can do to create a “feel good” day?

Here are 10 ideas for you … and they actually work on any day, so you could actually have “feel god” days as often as you like!

1. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you at the coffee shop … pay it forward.  It costs very little and the result WILL give someone pleasant surprise.

2. Send a hand written note to three people in your life that you know will like it … friends, relatives, colleagues.  How often do you get mail these days?  Think about how you feel when there is something other than bills or junk in your mail!

3. Buy a sandwich for a homeless person.  Don’t necessarily give them money, but you could buy them a meal … it doesn’t have to cost much.

4. Bring cup cakes (donuts, chocolates, fruit … whatever works best) to the office.  You like it when someone else does it … so just do it!

Quote from Winston Churchill about value of giving5. Praise someone who could do with a “lift”.  We don’t know what is going on in other people’s lives, but a compliment or a kind word out of the blue can certainly be a mood booster for most people!

6. Smile … make it a “no frown” day!  Smiles are contagious!

7. Share a joke with your friends … make it appropriate to the most conservative of those friends.  I think most of us like the occasional (don’t overdo it)  levity to break up the work day.

8. Call your mom … (and/or dad, sister, brother)!  Enough said!

9. Do a good deed for a stranger … drive a neighbor somewhere, pick up groceries for an elderly person etc.

10. Do something for a charity (not for profit) … make a donation, volunteer some time, get involved!  Our society relies on volunteers … do something to help out.

If doing one, some, or all of these things made you feel good about yourself then resolve to do them more often!

It seems counter-intuitive to some people, but take it from me: giving is one of the best things we can for ourselves!

Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Make Time to Give

Mohammed Ali quote about service to othersThere is a saying that goes, if you want something done, then give it to a busy person!

If you are in a senior position, perhaps you own your business or are a senior executive then very often you feel like you don’t have time to meet all of the demands on your time today … how could you possibly find time to take on more commitments?

The answer is that busy people will always find time for high priority items.  Busy people are typically good at managing their time.

When we started Eagle in 1996 I experienced the kind of “busy’ you can only experience as a new business owner.  There is so much new to learn, and everything new always takes longer!

I made a personal commitment to give back to both my Industry Association and to local causes where I might make a difference.

Over the intervening years I have continued to make that commitment … and while it has never been easy, it has always been rewarding.

During that time I have met hundreds (maybe thousands of people) who give their time generously, but so many more that don’t make that commitment.

Here are a few reasons why you should make time to get involved in good causes …

1. Your success is partly because of the society around you … that society needs people like you to give back!  It is payback!

2. The more you give the more you get … fact!

3. You will get great satisfaction from the act of giving.

4. You will meet wonderful people.

5. You will learn more about society.

6. You will learn more about yourself.

7. You will be forced to be an even better time manager.

8. You will be appreciated.

9. You can become a world famous blogger writing about your experiences.

10. Because its the right thing to do!

RCreating a strong business and building a better world are not conflicting goals – they are both essential ingredients for long-term success.” William Clay Ford Jr. Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company.

Here are some ways to make time.  (Note that the time commitment does not have to be that onerous, charitable boards might meet once a month at most and for a few hours) …

1. Make it a high priority task … and let it bump lower priority tasks from your To Do list!

2. Make it a part of your networking plan.

3. Give up some other non-work activity like TV time, reading time.

4. Get help at home to clean the house, do the laundry, do some shopping … so you can give back.

5. Be strict about your time, eliminating a few “time wasters” in order to accommodate this critical task.

“Businesses cannot be successful when the society around them fails.” anon

Kevin Dee is founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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Its Giving Tuesday!

A donation canToday is Giving Tuesday … a global initiative designed to promote giving.

This time of year in particular is a good time to think about YOUR contributions to our society.

We live in a great country.

We enjoy many freedoms that are not available in other countries.

We have a fantastic standard of living compared to the majority of people in the world.

Ours is a benevolent society … we try to look after the weak, the sick and the elderly.

Our society does this in two ways … through government initiatives and through charitable endeavors.

Those charitable endeavors rely on the generosity of Canadians that are in a position to give … whether that is money or time.

Whether you are a spiritual person or just a good citizen, it is the right thing to do.   It is part of why our society works.

Do something selfless this holiday season and know that you have made a positive contribution to our society!  If you can turn that gift into a way of living your life you will also learn to understand that giving is actually a great way to feel good about yourself!

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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The Fight to End Cancer – A GREAT Example of Giving!!!

In March last year I took part in a white collar boxing event to raise funds in the fight against cancer … it is known as the Fight for the Cure and is run in Ottawa.   As a participant I actually gave blood, in addition to time and money for this cause … yet it was the organisers who really made this event happen.  In Ottawa the main organiser was Matt Whitteker, a very impressive twenty-something entrepreneur … although there were plenty of people involved.  In March of this year that same event saw MP Justin Trudeau fight Senator Patrick Brazeau, raising even more money for this great cause!

Helping out in my corner a little more than a year ago was a young lady from Toronto, Jennifer Huggins who owns and operates the Kingsway Boxing Club.  She was so impressed with the event that she saw it as a great way to give to her community … and on June 9th the First Annual Fight to End Cancer will take place at the Woodbine Race Track in Toronto.

This young entrepreneur has devoted hundreds of hours to make this happen!

She has donated her time, her gym, her contacts and equipment to ensure that there are some very interesting fights to entertain the crowd.

She engineered a partnership with the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

She has gathered sponsors, volunteers and participants to create a BIG event!!!

She did this to GIVE back!!!

We all benefit when people like Jennifer give … we all benefit even more if we ALL give!

So be like Jennifer just a little … give a little of yourself, give some money, give some time!   

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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A Great Example of Giving to Charity … Trudeau v Brazeau

On Saturday night the fifth annual Fight for the Cure took place at the Hampton Inn in Ottawa and the headliners were Canadian Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.  There has been much written about the event both in the lead up and in its aftermath, and really that is what it was all about … visibility for the charity event that raises money to fight cancer!

Some of the pundits have been critical, suggesting it was all a “show” for publicity by the two politicians.  There were also critics who believe that boxing is barbaric and not suitable for 21st century consumption.  There were the people who thought Trudeau would get “smoked” and many of these writers ignored the primary reason for the event … to fight cancer.

I have a pretty good perspective on this because I took part in the event last year (that is me in the picture).  The previous October I started my five month journey from reticent participant with no boxing experience (and blogged about that) to the big night when I climbed into that ring in front of a packed house.  To get to that point all of the participants have gone through months of gruelling workouts, many many sparring sessions and have likely spilled a little blood along the way.  I had several bloodied noses and a black eye at various points during the training … as I’m sure did Trudeau and Brazeau.  I did not lose sight of why I was doing it, and nor did they … it was about fighting cancer!

I can tell you that on Saturday night I found some new role models to add to my growing list … and it is no small irony that the person I highlighted in my blog about role models was a politician who died of cancer last year (Jack Layton).  I add Trudeau and Brazeau to my list because I know what it took for them to step up, and they had the added pressure of being public figures.  It is tough to perform in front of so many and with the armchair critics taking their lumps.  They will however go back to work this week and remember they did it to fight cancer!

On Saturday night the two politicians had a battle ( the youtube video is embedded in this Sun article), and both can stand proud that their personal sacrifices resulted in a very classy event that raised a lot of money to fight cancer.  Justin Trudeau won the bout but both fighters won in the battle to fight cancer and perhaps even restore a little honor to a profession that does not always present itself so well.  I particularly enjoyed this Ottawa Citizen article about Truly Honourable Members!

Last year I gave blood in addition to my usual contributions of money and time, this year Trudeau and Brazeau joined the ranks of Fight for the Cure alumni who have done the same.  So two things …

1. Can you step up and give back to a great cause?  There are lots of great causes that need your help and you don’t even have to give blood!  What is most important is that you Get in the Game and Give Back!  If you want to support Justin and Patrick (and four other white collar guys who went at it on Saturday night) then this link will take you to the donation page.

2.  If you want to pass comment about the participants, question their integrity in this event or even their performance I suggest you try making the same kind of commitment.  I can tell you first hand that it is tough, it hurts and it takes guts!

A BIG congratulations to Matt Whitteker, Rob Imbeault and all involved in organising FFTC 2012 on Saturday!

Kevin Dee is CEO of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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