It’s that time of year again!
At Redstone, we also engaged in many activities this year to help us, motivate us, and inspire us to thrive in our personal and professional lives. As we close off 2023, we will be releasing several blogs to show our take of Redstone Wrapped. In this post, we will share how our team got social, starting with…
Hometown Dates are an employee-driven initiative to meet colleagues on their home turf. This idea came to life following the pandemic when many employees were fully remote. This is just one of the many ways we are able to form strong connections with one another. This year, we explored Downtown Toronto and Mississauga!
To kick off Hometown Dates for 2023, the #REDSQUAD explored our homebase: Toronto! The team got to hang out during a fun-filled day in Toronto filled with yummy food, drinks, and activities. The day kicked off with a delicious brunch before the team ventured over to the Royal Art Museum, followed by an afternoon at Stackt Market and concluded with some friendly competition at Par-Tee-Putt!
For our second Hometown Date, the #REDSQUAD explored Mississauga. This Hometown Date had an exciting twist as it was our first sponsored event. Hosted by the team at Tourism Mississauga, the #REDSQUAD explored some of the best venues and activities Mississauga has to offer.
The day kicked off with a delicious brunch at the beautiful and recently renovated Glenerin Inn. Taking a small detour into Port Credit, the team visited the landmark Carlo’s Bakery for some sweet treats before heading to Sqaure 1 to explore the Jurassic World Exhibition. The day capped off with a spectacular selection of food and drinks at Farzi Café – complete with bells, whistles, and sparklers!
We’re so grateful for this amazing opportunity to explore Mississauga with our amazing hosts Tourism Mississauga and look forward to our next Hometown Date!
The #REDSQUAD celebrated our annual summer social at an iconic Toronto restaurant, The Pilot, on a hot summer day with refreshing drinks and delicious appetizers. The team was also gifted with Redstone’s new, stunning swag that was designed by various staff members.
The social was an opportunity for the team to relax after a busy spring and enjoy each other’s company before the next busy season began. It was a great day for all of us!
Even our different departments got to continue the fun after the all-team social!
Toronto Marlies Game
The #REDSQUAD attended a Toronto Marlies game and had a great time mingling, eating snacks, and cheering on the team!
Toronto Blue Jays Game
This summer, the #REDSQUAD attended a Toronto Blue Jays game and had a blast cheering on our home team and mowing down several hot dogs!
The Redstone Book Club was launched a few years ago to provide an opportunity for all of Redstone’s book lovers to unite once a month to discuss a new book. Each month, the whole team has the opportunity to submit book suggestions for the upcoming month. Once all book suggestions are received, the team then has the chance to vote on the suggestions, and the book with the most votes is selected as the book club read for the next month. The team has four weeks to read the book, and then we meet on the last business day of each month via a Microsoft Teams meeting to discuss our thoughts on the book. Since the Book Club’s launch, we’ve read a total of 30 books together! The Book Club’s favourite book genres are thrillers and mystery/suspense, but we’ve also read a variety of other book genres over the years.
2023 Book Club Reads:
- January: People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
- February: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- March: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
- April: Every Summer After by Carley Fortune
- May: The Things We Leave Unfinished by Rebecca Yarros
- June: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- July: Happy Place by Emily Henry
- August: Meet Me at the Lake by Carley Fortune
- September: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- October: None of This is True by Lisa Jewell
- November: Bright Young Women by Jessica Knoll
- December: Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin & Marissa Stapley
See the full Redstone Library here. This includes all of the book suggestions from the #REDSQUAD, as well as ALL the books we’ve read as a Book Club over the years (not just the books from 2023 which are listed above).
Picnic Pals is an initiative created by the Culture Crew to celebrate the end of the summer. The idea is to always meet at a park near the office and have food and drinks and play some fun games. This year we played pickle ball, badminton and other fun games. We also munched on fruit bowls, croissants, and some delicious fall treats.
The Activity challenge was created by the Culture Crew to encourage the #REDSQAUD to get active and have some friendly competition between coworkers. The activity challenge lasted for 1 month and participants tracked their activity in the mobile app “Map My Walk”. Prizes were given to the person who completed the most activity time (in hours) over the month and the top 10 participants are placed into a random draw.
Health & Wellness Collective
Monthly meetings brought the #REDSQUAD together to talk about a variety of health and wellness topics! We talked about the difficulties of navigating your medication journey, hosted a colouring session, brainstormed quick and healthy snacks for the busy season, discussed skin care tips for all, and created gratitude jars together. As the meetings continue, we dive into various ways to help us care more for ourselves and each other.
Redstone Hot Wings
Based on the YouTube show “Hot Ones”, our Redstone Hot Wings Challenge involved a host who asked questions while contestants (members of the #REDSQUAD) ate progressively spicier chicken wings. This year, we got extra spicy, and introduced the Show’s insanely hot “Da Bomb” hot sauce.
To close off the year, the team gathered to celebrate our annual Redstone Holiday Party and Foundation Awards! We celebrated at the Canopy by Hilton for a lunch, awards ceremony, and seasonal fun! This year we also had a fun activation, Patch Toronto, join us to let the team create some personalized and custom patched apparel!
And there you have it! This is how we stayed social this year as a team to facilitate bonding and connection with one another. Stay tuned for our next “genre” of activities we got up to this year!