When Wellness Matters More than Ever

Ensuring the health and wellness of Our People is an important part of our Social Purpose, and we’ve seen a renewed focus on it during these stressful times.

Supporting important causes and emphasizing fitness through virtual 5Ks and step challenges

At Paul Davis, wellness has been an important part of the company’s Social Purpose, and spawned the company’s popular running club. Although many of the 5K events the team would ordinarily participate in have been cancelled or postponed, the company continues to encourage team members to stay active by coordinating virtual 5K events. The team recently completed its first Virtual 5K. The group ran more than 105 miles and raised over $400 for the FirstService Relief Fund! To foster the feeling of a “real” 5K, the company provided registrants with slap bracelets, files to print their bibs, headbands and even created a shared playlist for runners.

Last year, the FirstService corporate team in Toronto had signed on to sponsor the MS Society of Canada’s annual Mandarin MS Walk which was to scheduled for May 3. The event was cancelled and changed to a virtual event. On May 24 several team members participated, sharing photos on social media using both the #FirstServeOthers and #WeChallengeMS hashtags as a way to show support for those living with MS and raise awareness of the need for funding. The group also set up a fundraising page and has raised nearly $2,500 for MS research.


FirstOnSite launched its #GoTheDistanceCanada Challenge as a way encourage its teams to stay fit and have some fun. Physical activity can be a great stress reliever and even going for a short walk can help clear your mind so you can refocus.

Using a specified point system, they challenged all FirstOnSite employees to “walk” all the way across Canada – 7,821 km to be exact! The winning team was the Atlantic region. Although the event kicked off on May 14 and was expected to last up to six weeks, the Atlantic region completed it in just five weeks.  

Making wellness a daily habit

Jeff Shipman, CEO of Heartline Fitness, wanted to do his part to help promote wellness during stay-at-home orders. The company was already working on the expansion and development of its wellness offering due to increased industry demand for restorative and mindful solutions. And as luck would have it,  Jeff had been working with a company called 3 Sages to establish a partnership, which quickly became the perfect fit as they launched their mobile app right as COVID was prompting widespread stay-at-home orders.

“The 3 Sages “Sips of Wellness” solution was truly an opportunity to give back to our clients whose gyms were closed, and more importantly, their constituents when it’s more important than ever to focus on wellness and self-care,” said Jeff.  “With more than 80% of the population not having a gym membership pre-COVID we knew this was the time to “DO-MORE” to keep people well.  Everyone deserves to feel their best, wellness should be consumed daily and not as a luxury.”

The 3 Sages is a wellness company focused on restorative wellness (yoga, mindful movements, nutrition, mindfulness, breathwork & sleep). The app allows you to create a customized wellness plan based on small sessions of restorative movements, nutrition, and exercise. These small “Sips of Wellness”, are what are so unique and habit forming to help you manage wellbeing, stress and even improve sleep. Users with access code “Heartline” are able to use the app free of charge through August 1.