Local BC Gifts

Our Year in Review: Growth, Love, Loss & Recognition

 

It is with amazement that I look back at all that’s happened in the last 12 months. Since Saul Good was launched in 2006, I often felt the tension and suspense of pushing upward towards possibility. 2012 was the year when we saw this possibility unfold into growth, momentum and recognition.

 

 

 

In addition to the pivotal growth of Saul Good in the past year, there was a lot that happened in my personal life. I got engaged and I walked alongside my partner as she lost her mother to cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life and business happen fast. Beauty and tragedy can occur simultaneously. As I stand still and look forward to where I want Saul Good to go, I can’t help but think that anything is possible.

 

Milestones of 2012 

 

1) B Corp Award 

 

 

 

At the BALLE Conference in Berkeley in the spring of 2007, I witnessed the founding of B Corporations, (a way for businesses to proclaim a new standard for better business). In 2010 we did our due diligence and became a certified B Corp.

 

 

When we recertified in 2012, we had no idea that we had come as far as we have. At the 2012 B Corp Champion’s Retreat this past October, we found out that Saul Good Gift Co. improved our score more than the any of the 675+ B Corp companies in the world! We were grateful to receive the “Reach For The Top Award”. It felt really good!

 

2) Sharing my story at Pecha Kucha

 

 

  

In November, I was invited to present at Pecha Kucha Vancouver and tell a story about what inspires me to do what I do. We were in the middle of our busiest season at Saul Good…and I’d be lying to say I wasn’t nervous to talk in front of a room of 1,000 people at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre.

 

  

Thankfully, it was a welcoming space and it ended up being a lot of fun! It was an awesome experience to dig into my family history, share my story and make some new friends! Thank you Jane, Steven and Becki from Cause + Affect.

 

3) Canopy Award

 

  

Our 100% recycled gift boxes have been part of the way we’ve been able to keep trees in the forest. For the 2nd year running, we were grateful to be given the Canopy Ancient Forest Friendly award. Canopy is an innovative organization that is doing incredible work to protect our forests. Each year Canopy recognizes companies doing their part to eliminate the use of virgin forest products used in their paper and packaging. My parents Barbara & Gordon were on hand at the awards ceremony in Toronto to accept this honorable award on our behalf!

 

4) Buying local became an official movement 

 

 

 After 3 years of work on the Board of LOCO BC it was a real pleasure to see the awareness we’ve been building to blossom for the eyes of the many. It was officially proclaimed by the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia that the week of December 3-7th would now be known as ‘Buy Local Week’. The significance of this is great. As we know, supporting locally owned producers and businesses is important for a strong local economy. It also connects us integrally with the people who make and grow the products and food we use and eat.

 

5) Addition of our newest team members 

 

In 2012, we welcomed Jamie Bryant (above) to our team. Many of you have experienced her enthusiasm and comforting nature on the Saul Good front lines. The old adage of ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ came to light. Jamie was the 3rd person we’d worked with in a sales and customer service role. She has been an incredibly valuable team member as we transition through this pivotal time.

 

 

We also added Christabel Shaler (above) as our Digital Content Manager. After working with us in social media and blogging throughout 2012, Christabel is preparing to launch her own business in 2013 that will help to capture stories from local businesses and local seniors. We are her first client and we are excited for her to publicly launch her business next month.

 

What’s in store for 2013?

 

We are bursting at the seams and excited to share some new developments in the works at Saul Good. It feels like its all coming together. Please join us and stay tuned to see what we have up our sleeves. If you haven’t done so already subscribe to our mailing list or stay tuned on Facebook or Twitter. Them good news is what we got.