Getting ready for Guidewire
The replacement of our legacy core systems with the industry-leading software suite Guidewire took an organization-wide effort. In 2018, WCB employees began preparing for training in the software, which included e-learning for all employees. Pictured above, members of the project team attend train-the-trainer sessions in December.
Leading transformational change
Replacing the systems at the core of our business is a vast multi-year undertaking, involving people across the organization and the dedicated work of a project team. Pictured above are the WCB leaders and employees leading and managing this major project.
(L-R) Greg Horsman, James Bourque, Wendy Griffin, Neha Bhandare, Tracey Newman, Dennita Fitzpatrick, Carla Hurley, Gillian Salmond, Marcy Dalton, Erica Lawseth
Giving back to our community
In 2018, WCB Nova Scotia employees...
Held the 20th annual fundraiser for Nova Scotia Hospital, topping $20,000 in giving over that time.
Held the 20th annual Angel Tree Toy Drive for the Salvation Army, helping hundreds of families in need at Christmas.
Held the sixth Annual Basket Raffle for FeedNS, raising $2,440 in just 90 minutes.
Held casual weeks for various causes, giving a total of $23,500 back to the community.
Those are but a few examples of the care and compassion our employees demonstrate every day.
Volunteer in focus: Kelly McIntyre-Hayes
When workplace consultant Kelly McIntyre-Hayes isn't busy working with employers across Nova Scotia helping them make their workplaces safer, she can often be found in her hometown of Port Hawkesbury, helping to make her local community a better place to live.
Kelly serves in several demanding volunteer capacities throughout Port Hawkesbury, including many leadership roles in minor sports, community parks, and ensuring kids have a place to play.
"What I'm happiest about is that our kids have started to give back to the community too," says Kelly. “Our oldest son coached our youngest in hockey this year, and our daughter who swims now teaches swimming lessons. For us, volunteering is just part of who we are as a family."
Kelly's remarkable volunteer efforts were recognized in April 2018 as part of National Volunteer Week at the Town of Port Hawkesbury's Annual Volunteer Banquet. According to organizers, Kelly has been a dedicated, tireless, and much appreciated volunteer in the community for over 20 years.
2018 Long-Term Service Awards
Each year, employees from across the organization gather to receive their Long Term Service Awards marking 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and sometimes 35 years of service. In 2018, 59 employees were honoured with a combined service total of 1,120 years. Pictured to the right are Lynn Fergusson and Elfinesh Zewde, two of the recipients from 2018.
Marian MacDonald remembered
Marian MacDonald worked at WCB Nova Scotia for over 25 years and had a long history of helping the workers and employers in Nova Scotia. She lived our values of caring and compassion, both inside and outside her work role, for which she received an Inspire Award in 2015. Sadly, Marian passed away in 2016 after a battle with scleroderma. In 2018, a meeting room was dedicated in her memory during a beautiful ceremony with Marian's friends, family and coworkers. By dedicating the room in her honour, employees will be reminded of Marian's spirit in the relationships we build, the work we do and the way we live, both within and beyond our organization.