Happy birthday to Koen, Tegan, Gaurav, Florence, Conrad, Sam C, and Sam S! This summer we celebrated a few birthdays and had some delicious cake in the process. No file is too big or work load too heavy to pause and celebrate your birthday!
On Wednesday, CBB Vancouver hosted a Family Meal at the Ronald McDonald House near the BC Children’s Hospital. Staff and lawyers alike attended the event to BBQ a big meal for all of the families at the Ronald McDonald House. The event was a great success as we served over 100 people!
The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation to ill children and their families when they must travel to Vancouver for treatment at the BC Children’s Hospital. Families at the House are often thrust into these difficult situations quickly and by surprise. Offering to make a meal for them gives them one less meal that they have to plan for and a little extra time to spend with each other.
CBB Vancouver @ the House
After the event, we received a tour of the new facilities at the House, got to spend some time in the Magic RoomTM, and went down the slides that go from floor to floor. All in all, it was a great way to spend some time out of the office and with awesome colleagues.
The summer students of CBB Vancouver are responsible for organizing this charitable event for staff and lawyers to attend each year. This will be the third year that CBB Vancouver attended the Ronald McDonald House for a Family Meal during the summertime and it is a tradition we hope to see continued!
Student Organizers, Laith and Winda take a well-deserved break for vanity
For me, baseball has always been a big part of summer. I grew up playing and going to Jays games, so I was thrilled when I found out Cassels has a softball team.
The Miner Leaguers take part in the Bay Street softball league, playing once a week against another firm. Last night we played our final regular season game and came out on top with a big win! This year we’ve been really successful and, with the victory yesterday, should finish somewhere in the top three spots in the league and have home field advantage going into playoffs.
Playing softball has been amazing – and not just because of how much I love the sport. It is a great way to meet more people from the firm and get to know them outside of the office, especially since we always go for wings and beer after the game. The team has a lot of long time players but Meghan and I, the new recruits, were welcomed with open arms and immediately felt like part of the team. There are regular players who come out every week and other spots are filled by subs or more occasional players so lots of people participate.
Sadly, I’ll be leaving for exchange before playoffs so for me it’s time to retire my glove ’till next season. But the Miner Leaguers will be fighting for that top spot so you can bet I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!
On July 24th, Cassels participated in the Vancouver Pride Run & Walk. The event is a 5 km run or walk along the seawall where participants can choose to stop at the Disco Water Station to get lathered in love and sparkles.
There were some amazing costumes – walking rainbows, cute gang of sailors in short shorts and pink neck ties, fluffy tutus, and much more. Families and friends came to support us as some of us huffed and puffed and others breezed through it with a shining smile.
The Pride Run & Walk is an annual event and all proceeds go to Out in Schools and the LOUD Foundation. Not only did we enjoy the energy level at the seawall during the run, we also enjoyed replenishing our energy with brunch by the water afterwards!
There was yet another amazing student event last night! The students, as well as members of the student committee headed over to the Open Roof Festival for food, music and a movie – talk about a jam packed evening.
First, was some great food and drinks. Amsterdam Brewery provided beer and wine and there was a food truck on site selling arepa’s which are Venezuelan cornmeal sandwiches. (I wish I had a picture to show you but they were all eaten before I had a chance to take one – instead here’s a picture of me and Meghan).
While we enjoyed our drinks we got to listen to singer-songwriter Tomi Swick. There was also giant Jenga, ping pong tables, and everyone got to be outside on a beautiful evening.
The finale of the evening was a screening of the film “Off the Rails” which tells the true story of a man named Darius McCollum. Darius has Asperger’s syndrome and a love of the transit system which resulted in him impersonating transit employees and driving their routes. His love of transit has landed him in jail 32 times. We all really enjoyed the film – Darius’ story really shed some light on flaws within the criminal justice system. Here’s Koen and Kojo enjoying the film.
It was another evening to remember – thanks again Shannon! It’s no wonder Open Roof Festival’s uses the hashtag #MOVIESMUSICBEER – I certainly enjoyed all three!