The Civic Holiday – what’s the deal?

Hi there and thanks for tuning into PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  On the eve of the Civic Holiday long weekend, otherwise known as the first Monday in August, I wondered – what’s the deal with this holiday?  What are we celebrating?  Is there cause to celebrate?  Maybe not if you don’t get the day off – it’s a Civic holiday remember, not a Stat.  If you do get a sweet long weekend – that’s a cause in itself for me!

I looked into it.  It turns out that the Civic Holiday is known by a variety of other names in each respective province and territory that recognize it.  In British Columbia, it’s British Columbia Day.  This celebrates the first pioneers of the province all the way back to James Cook in 1778.  Alberta decided on a unique name and reason to celebrate – Heritage Day – to honour the diverse cultural heritage of Albertans.   In Ontario, the holiday was originally created to honour John Graves Simcoe.  Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the founder of the Fort York, which is now the city of Toronto.

So, as you (hopefully) kick back and relax this long weekend, raise a toast to the first pioneers of BC, the cultural diversity of Alberta, or the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.  At the very least, you will have interesting trivia to share.  Colorworks Express Autobody Centers wishes everyone a safe and happy long weekend!

Thanks for tuning in and catch you next time!

Jess

Fort McMurray

FTMcMurrayEveryone reading this blog will know about the horrifying destruction happening in Fort McMurray.  As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire had spread to cover  229,000 hectares.  This is an area bigger than the size of Edmonton.

Many individuals and families who fled posted pictures and videos of the fire practically licking their vehicles as they drove out of Fort McMurray.  Most of these people will lose everything.  Homes.  Vehicles.  Possessions.  Memories.

Check out this link for more information:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/the-fort-mcmurray-disaster-read-the-latest/article29930041/

Amidst the tragedy and loss, Canadians are responding.  From renters on AirBnB offering their places free of charge, to a wedding happening in Toronto despite losing the dress in the fire, to relief from the Red Cross because of multiple donations across the country.  There is no question: We are the True North strong and free.

Colorworks is proud to have donated to help employees and families in the area.  If you are able to donate to the Canadian Red Cross the link to send funds is below.  The Trudeau Government has also pledged to match all contributions. Any amount to bring more relief to those affected by this disaster is immensely appreciated.  Please know – the Canadian Red Cross is the best option for any donations.  They will see that funds are allocated ethically and to the places and people who are in greatest need.

https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action?gclid=CjwKEAjwjca5BRCAyaPGi6_h8m8SJADryPLhe8NN9HlPp_bd9CIkwW_zqDRzints1Iqw2Ihvb6bn2xoCeHrw_wcB&ea.client.id=1951&ea.campaign.id=50639

Thanks for tuning in this week.  Catch you next time on PMS!

Jess

Supporting the local community

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Wow!  Check out this exciting announcement from The Bluewater Football Academy:
Local businesses are an important part of the community, especially in towns like Saugeen Shores and Owen Sound.  The Bluewater Football Academy is thrilled to announce and welcome the sponsorship of a great local business: Colorworks Express Autobody Centers.  Colorworks provides the best customer service and the best product in the area.  They are your main shop for any and all autobody repair – from a small scratch, to a dent, to a fender bender – they’ve got you covered and can handle your repair.  If you need to put your repair through insurance they are there to support you the whole way through.
The Bluewater Football Academy would like to thank the Colorworks Team for supporting this camp and young athletes in the community!
For more information check out their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BluewaterFootballAcademy/?fref=ts
This is another great example of how Colorworks is an active part of their community.  If you live in or around the Saugeen Shores, ON area and have a high school aged student who plays football consider checking out their camp!
Thanks for tuning in this week and I’ll catch you soon!
Jess

Movember

CW-MovemberIt’s Movember.  It’s the time of excellent moustaches and sheer embarrassment for some.  A time where girlfriends, partners, and wives (all who may not grow a ‘mo) accept their partner’s facial hair because it raises awareness and potentially dollars.  A time of valiant efforts all around in the pursuit of the greatest ‘stach – or a glimmer of one.

Jokes aside, this is an important month to be thoughtful about men’s health.  Prostate and testicular cancer are real.  They are horrible.  Not more or less than any other cancer – just equally awful.  They happen to people close to us – our friends, family and neighbours.  Many cases are treatable – thanks to monies and awareness raised by people like you during campaigns like this.

As the autobody business is very male dominated I wanted to do a shout out for the ‘Mo.  I’m not asking you to grow one or love the ones you see.  I’m not asking you to donate anywhere in particular.  All I’m asking is that you pause to think about the science, research and good behind those glorious and potentially snaggly ‘mo’s this month and remember what they are about.  If you want to get involved – amazing.  Those who don’t wish to (or can’t) grow a ‘mo can pledge something else – being more healthy eating conscious, a fitness goal, or raising/donating money – anyone can be involved.  It’s not just for “the dudes”.

You can find more information about Movember and ways to get involved and/or donate here:  https://ca.movember.com/

Thanks for tuning in to Pass Me the Star (Screwdriver) or PMS.  Until next week!

Jess

Community Spirit

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I’m pausing my three part formula for choosing an autobody shop this week.  If you were really gripping your seat in anticipation of part 2, it’s coming – I promise.  Why am I changing things up?  I’ll tell you.  The Colorworks team in Canada are loving the community spirit that has gathered around the Toronto Blue Jays.  Plus, I write the blogs and select the topics 🙂

BlueJaysFanCutout-1The Toronto Blue Jays have done what any Toronto sports team fan has been thirsting for for years – made it to the playoffs.  And more – are excelling even in the toughest of circumstances.  The Jays are certainly in for a hard next game after tonight’s score.  But one is this is for certain – they will put their heart and soul into that game as witnessed this entire season.  The Jays are certainly attracting a lot of media attention before, during and after the games.  From bat tossing memes that spur a flurry of voter call to action in the federal election to hanging out with kids before a game – the Blue Jays are rocking this spirit.

ditchinworkColorworks advertises on the FAN 590 AM radio station.  When our ad comes on around the games the Mississauga shop crew could not be more proud.  Everyone is a huge fan of the Jays and have the games on at the shop during the day and at home in the evenings.  No mater the outcome, the Colorworks Team could not be more proud of the Canadian MLB Toronto Blue Jays.  They are reaching for greatness and inspiring those who tune into their journey.

All the best to you, gents!  We are rooting for you. #cometogether

Thanks for tuning in, folks.  I encourage you to #cometogether around something in your lives this week.  If not the Toronto Blue Jays then maybe a local business or community organization.  Catch you next week.

Jess

Gotta be Green

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Thanks for tuning in again this week to PMS (Pass Me the Star [Screwdriver])!  This week I’m writing again about the importance of including green practices at the forefront of a business.  A few weeks ago I wrote about how autobody shops don’t exactly earn a bright and shiny image when thinking of keeping things green.  In recent years this has shifted to autobody shops being more environmentally conscious.

Now, aside from the obvious jazz of protecting our planet and natural resources, why is this important?

I’m a woman in my late twenties.  Something that I’ve noticed in the past 8-ish years is that the environment has become political.  With the upcoming election in October most political parties have goals to positively impact, sustain, or clean up the environment here on Canadian soil.  This tells me that green practices are going to be relevant (maybe enforced) sooner or later as they continue to be a focus.

This is an area that more people in my generation and age group are thinking about.  A vendor might have great products but if they are crapping on our planet then folks like me aren’t likely to give our business to them.  It’s important to not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk when it comes to anything from recycling to proper cleaning and disposal of paint materials.  Everything helps to make this planet one that will last for future generations.  This is what my age group wants to see.  Let’s face it – we’re going to be here – and our children.  We need to know that when we take our business to places like autobody shops it’s not going to negatively impact our environment.

Colorworks has green practices and they follow them.  Inform yourself when you are making choices about where to take your business.  There are lots of options out there – some have the bigger picture in mind and are looking out for the future of everyone.

Catch you next week and thanks for tuning in!

Jess

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