Calgary Food Bank

Calgary Food Bank

April 11, 2011 18:51 ET

Calgary Food Bank is Being Recognized as a Great Place to Work®

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2011) - The Calgary Food Bank is being recognized as one of this year's Best Workplaces in Canada. This list, and related stories, will appear in a special national report on Tuesday April 12th, 2011 in TheGlobe and Mail.

"The Calgary Food Bank participated in an external review of our organization by the Great Place to Work Institute as we wanted an independent evaluation of our workplace." says James McAra, CEO. "The Great Place to Work Institute provides a validated external Canada-wide benchmark across all sectors (private, public, non-profit). Participating in the Great Place to Work Institute's survey and evaluation provided unbiased, external analysis and benchmarking of our organization. This understanding of our positioning in the employment market is essential for effective recruiting and retention of staff as well as continuous improvement of our processes and practices."

"The Board is proud of the working environment our staff create daily at the Calgary Food Bank. This is a tremendous recognition to be considered as one of the 100 Best Workplaces in Canada. The Board Members are proud to represent an organization where employees and volunteers want to work" said Paul Morissette, Board President.

This list of "Best Workplaces in Canada" is compiled by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization's culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. This offers a rigorous representation of the organization from an employee perspective, and an overall portrait of the workplace culture. Together, they provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

This year's list received over 230 nominations and approximately 44,000 employees (actual number is 43,497) participated in the 2011 "Best Workplaces in Canada" survey.

For information on how to participate in next year's "Best Workplaces in Canada" list or on how to create a Great Place to Work®, please contact the Institute at or visit

About the Great Place to Work®Institute: Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research and management consultancy with expertise on workplace transformation and a presence in 46 countries worldwide. Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces. We are best-known for our global Best Workplaces Programme, which we produce in conjunction with prestigious media partners such as the Globe and Mail, the Financial Times and Fortune. With more than 5,500 organizations taking part in over 46 national lists across the globe, the programme is the world's largest of its kind. We believe passionately that any company or organization can become a great place to work. Our mission is to help you do it.

About the Calgary Food Bank: The Calgary Food Bank is a food distribution hub. We provide quality emergency food directly to Calgarians to meet their individual needs (prenatal, homeless, households with children, etc). We also collect food donations for distribution to other charities (including the Mustard Seed, Community Kitchen Program of Calgary, Salvation Army and women's shelters). Demand for emergency food hampers has increased 57% since the start of the recession. Last year, more than 140,000 client visits were made to the emergency food hamper program; the majority of those helped continue to be the working poor. 41% of those fed are children.

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Contact Information

  • Calgary Food Bank
    James McAra

    Calgary Food Bank
    Paul Morissette
    Board President