Category Archives: Community Connections


Employee Engagement Award Nomination

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This past December we found out that Menno S. Martin was nominated for the Greater KW Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Employee Engagement Award.

Throughout 2017, as part of our 75th year in business celebrations, we encouraged our staff to give back to their community. During our 75 Days of Good, Give Back and Donate programs, Team Menno truly embraced our ‘Putting People First’ philosophy, working together, helping members of the community. We are pleased to see their efforts recognized! Continue reading


Smart Employers Talk Conference By Trent Bauman

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Art Janzen & Trent Bauman -Co-Owners at Menno S. Martin Contractor speak about living wage during their panel discussion

Art Janzen & Trent Bauman -Co-Owners at Menno S. Martin Contractor

Art and I recently attended and presented a panel discussion on the topic of living wage at the Smart Employers Talk conference presented by The Centre for Labour Management Relations and Better Way Alliance hosted at Ryerson University. The conference brought together a employers, economists, researchers and policy analysts to explore the positive impacts of supporting a decent job strategy in Ontario. We met people from diverse sectors including health, insurance, retail, technology, engineering, and food services.  Continue reading


Trudy Gives Back to NOAH and The Working Centre

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NOAH and Working CentreNOAH: National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation

Trudy met Scott & Cindy (pictured) when she moved to Waterloo Region in 2000 and became their neighbour. Both Scott & Cindy have albinism and Trudy has been supporting the NOAH organization through their annual bowl-a-thon for many years.

The NOAH organization provides accurate and authoritative information on living with albinism. They provide a safe and supportive space where people living with albinism and their families can find acceptance and fellowship.

Our 75th Anniversary Give Back campaign presented a wonderful opportunity for Trudy to go above and beyond her personal contribution and further show her support to her neighbours turned friends. Continue reading


Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) with Jeff

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RAK from JeffOur team member Jeff had been contemplating for some time about where he wanted to focus his contribution for our 75th Anniversary (RAK) Random Acts of Kindness campaign. Jeff’s brainstorming eventually led him to a very basic but very essential necessity in life, “we all need food to eat” he said.

Jeff chose a local grocery store to find a community member who could use help with their weekly grocery purchase. Upon arriving he was faced with his next challenge of who to approach with his donation dollars. How do you choose?! A challenge indeed.

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Art Gives Back: Hope Spring Cancer Support Centre

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Art and his MumOne of the many campaigns we are running for our 75th year in business is for each of our team members to choose where our company should donate $500 in Waterloo Region. Art’s community donation will be to Hope Spring Cancer Support Centre in Kitchener.

Art says, “I wanted to use my funds to support an organization that is dear to my heart. In this order, my Grandmother, my Aunt, my Brother, myself and my Mom have all had personal battles with Cancer. My Mom is in the photo above, just before she passed. Of the five, two of us are still here to talk about it and grateful to organizations like Hope Spring for the great work that they do!” Continue reading