Mayor’s Golf Challenge Cup Raises $45,000 for Special Olympics and Youth in Collingwood
September 10, 2017
On Thursday, August 17th, four Crozier Engineers tee’d up at the Blue Mountain Golf and Country Club to participate in the 22nd Annual Mayor’s Golf Challenge Cup. The event raised over $45,000 for Collingwood & District Special Olympic Athletes and Capital Initiatives for Youth Activity in Collingwood.
The Crozier foursome enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Turn clubhouse, along with on-course samples from Blue Mountain Tea Company, Northwinds Brewery, Collingwood Olive Oil Company, Ashanti Café, Side Launch Brewing Company, Men with Knives, Collingwood Sweet Shoppe, Duntroon Cyder House, The Collingwood Brewery, Meridian Credit Union, Stone brook Developments and Yoga First & Spa.
“The community spirit, the meals, and hospitality all made for a memorable day.”, said Rebecca Alexander, of Crozier & Associates.
We didn’t take home the cup, but it was a beautiful day to golf at Blue Mountain while raising funds for youth and athletes in our community.
An Early Toast to Canada 150
June 24, 2017
This June marks the 20th anniversary of the Wines of the World event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Palgrave. The June 24th event at the Caledon Pan Am Equestrian Park in the village of Palgrave promises a heavy W.O.W. factor!
Drawing close to 1,000 people, the 2016 event offered a relaxing, fun night of great food, socializing … and wine tasting. Money raised will support Rotary’s youth, community and international initiatives. For Jim Firth (Associate), the Rotary cause is “near and dear” to him as a past president of the Rotary Club of Palgrave as well as prior event chair. Crozier Milton “dream team” servers, pictured above, are excited to be a part of this inspirational charitable event.
The wine list for this year’s event includes over 50 varieties, spanning 15 countries as well as a number of local craft beers and ciders. Themed towards Canada’s 150th birthday, an amazing selection of nationally-themed appetizers will pair with your favourite wines and other beverages … from Manitoba perogies, Alberta beef sliders, P.E.I. mussels, and Atlantic shrimp.
For tickets/info, visit Rotary Club of Palgrave, or check social media.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes… Some Ride Bikes!
June 8, 2017
An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease and stroke, and it is the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission to help improve and save the lives of those affected from coast to coast.
In June, Crozier’s Collingwood office teamed up with Owen & Associates to form the Huron Street Heroes in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s annual event – #BigBike!
After learning about Heart and Stroke Foundation’s incredible impact and tallying our final donations, 19 of us rode through downtown Collingwood with music, cowbells and whistles to raise awareness for the cause.
Together, the team raised $1,165.00 to help fund critical research and provide support to survivors and their families. Thank you to all our participants and donors. Together we can save lives!
Milton Incredible Race
June 1, 2017
Once again, staff from Crozier & Associates’ Milton office raced to local businesses to solve clues and complete a series of challenges for this year’s Incredible Race. Hosted by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and supported by 8 local venues, 14 teams got a chance to explore Ontario’s fastest-growing community.
Crozier & Associates’ team of incredible racers. From left to right: Jordan, Emil, Gabriela, & KevinThe rules were simple, the clues – not so much. Each location along a team’s route included new challenges – some physical and some mental – and as each task is completed, the next destination is revealed. With some of the cryptic clues written entirely in a different language, it was obvious this year we needed to step up our game. Finishing a close 2nd, Crozier staff put their engineering minds to task and worked as a team to unravel the puzzles set before them.
Want to get in on the action? Check out the Milton Chamber of Commerce website or follow them on Twitter @MiltonChamber to learn more about how you can participate, host a race challenge to spotlight your business, or become a race sponsor.
The Incredible Race
Milton Young Professionals Test Their Sidespin
May 17, 2017
Crozier & Associates was pleased to host local entrepreneurs and professionals at its Milton office for the Chamber of Commerce’s Milton Young Professionals event in May. Monthly networking events are designed to raise the profile of young professionals and introduce them to local business networks. As a member since 2009, Crozier Milton has grown alongside the Chamber from a small 2nd office location, to spearhead the opening of the firm’s third location in downtown Toronto last fall.
Many Crozier staffers and students attended the event for the first time, taking advantage of this opportunity to network with other young professionals in Milton. Participants enjoyed a friendly game of ping pong, along with dinner provided by Boston Pizza, and quenching their thirst with locally‑brewed Orange Snail beer.
All young professionals are invited to take part in the next MYP event on Wednesday, June 21st, hosted by the Milton Education Village, where the Speaker Series. Connect with the Chamber @MiltonYoungProf on Twitter, or check out the Milton Chamber of Commerce for the latest buzz.
“Big Red” … Reincarnated!
May 11, 2017
When considering the retirement of our beloved “red field truck” after ten years of Crozier service earlier this year, we were looking for a way that the vehicle could still be serviceable, besides the well-worn road to the local auto wrecker’s yard. We found the perfect place for “big red” in the Shop and Mechanics class at Collingwood Collegiate Institute.
Recently, we were invited to stop by CCI’s Shop class to see the students hard at work, taking the stubborn tires off, and “rockin’ out” to the radio which they managed to get working! Shop teacher, Sven Hafner, reports that the students will be removing the engine to begin the 2017 fall semester.
We’re hoping for more “big red” updates as CCI students roll up their sleeves again in the fall!!
Bowl for Kid’s Sake … Follow-up
April 27, 2017
As a follow-up to Bowl For Kid’s Sake, Robin Heald and Deb Piggott from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle dropped by Crozier & Associates office on April 27th to present Crozier staff with a certificate for “top engineering fundraisers” for the 2017 campaign. Coupled with title corporate sponsorship of this year’s Bowl For Kid’s Sake, staff, family and friends participated and raised additional funds through sponsorships, raising a grand total of $8,960. Events included a staff bowling night at Georgian Bowl which kicked off this year’s campaign, along with Wii bowling night at Crozier’s office in advance of the bowling night.
Ice, Ice baby!
March 19, 2017
For the 3rd consecutive year, a few arms were twisted to coax a brave group of staffers into the icy waters of Georgian Bay, for the 5th Annual Collingwood Polar Bear Dip.
The sun was shining on our Crozier Dippers, but that didn’t make wading into the ice cold water any easier, as evidenced by these ‘freeze frames” of this plucky group!
With the support and encouragement of friends and family, over $1,700 was raised in support of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation.
And now, the team’s got a whole year to thaw out for the 2018 Polar Dip!
Raising the Lids Off Crozier Chili Crockpots
March 1, 2017
Crozier Milton staffers put on their best pots of chili in early March, in hopes of winning the title of Chili Cook Extraordinaire (with bragging rights of course). With 8 chilies entered, competition at the 1st Annual Chili Cook-off was fierce. Sampled and judged by other staff, chili entries varied from hot to sweet, simple to complex, but all shared one attribute …. they were all delicious!
Congratulations to the cook-off’s 1st place winner, Nuno Gama for best vegetarian and meat chili, and to runner up, Matthew Beghin, who won 2nd place for his turkey chili.
United Way CEO, Kate Holmes, pictured above with Matt Beghin and Nuno Gama, along with event organizer Nicole Sylvester, was present for the event. The $5 entry fee for each aspiring chili judge was matched by the company, and a total of $300 was raised for the United Way Milton. Expressing her gratitude to Crozier staff, Kate noted that this was her first chili cook-off … hopefully, of many such future events.
The United Way is trying to reach their annual$1 Million fundraising goal by the end of March. With the assistance and generosity of Milton community, the United Way is able to support 26 local agencies and organizations, giving 1 in 4 people access to these programs and helping the community thrive.
We’re already planning for next year’s Second Annual Chili Cook-off! Do you think you have what it takes to cook up a winning chili?
In Curling … Is an Axe as Good as a Hammer?
February 25, 2017
Crozier & Associates was once again a proud co-sponsor of the Breaking Down Barriers “Rockin’ the House” Bonspiel. The event raised over $14,000 through fundraising, sponsorships, as well as an event‑day silent auction and 50/50 draw.
This year, Crozier entered two enthusiastic teams – the “LumberHacks” and the “LumberSlacks”, who came dressed accordingly, as their name implies. Their plaid shirts, denim, and axes may have helped give the LumberHacks an edge … as they finished in first place!
Breaking Down Barriers offers programs and services that provide opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently in the community.
Congrats to our winning LumberHacks!
Osler Foundation’s Ninth Annual Ski Day
February 23, 2017
Jim Firth and Jeff Magwood from Crozier’s Milton and Toronto offices, pictured above with Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey, enjoyed a warm, sunny day on the slopes at the Caledon Ski Club in support of the William Osler Health System Foundation. The $72,000 raised, will be used towards the purchase medical equipment for new Peel Memorial Centre and to assist in equipment upgrades for Brampton Civil Hospital. Crozier & Associates was pleased to sponsor and participate in this fun-filled day of skiing and networking in support of this great community cause.
Let’s Go Ice Fishing!
February 18, 2017
It was a very sunny day on Lake Simcoe for the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association Ice Fishing Tournament.
This year’s event boasted a total of 732 registered fishing holes, and over 1,000 participants. Crozier’s well-rounded 2017 fishing team ended up winning a prize. Crozier fisherperson, Brittany Robertson, garnered 23rd place for her 0.61 lb. herring, which was caught in just under 14 minutes!
The Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association was able to provide over $320,000 to local charities, from proceeds from this single event!
U of Guelph competes in the 43rd Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race
February 11, 2017
Top photo source: http://gnctr2017.com/site/about-gnctr/
The Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race is the largest student-run engineering competition in Canada. Originating in 1975, this annual event draws over 450 engineering students from universities across Canada, providing opportunities to apply and develop both technical design and teamwork skills, all the while participating in some friendly competition!
After countless hours of hard work and perseverance working with University of Guelph’s team conceiving and building “Barnyard Boggin’, two of our very own UG students, Kathryn Morris and Ian Ryter, competed in the 2017 Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in February. They finished in 16th place out of 21 teams.
We couldn’t be more proud of our team! Check out their amazing experience here.
Lace up for Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake
February 10, 2017
For the 3rd year running, Crozier & Associates is proud to be the title sponsor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle Bowl for Kids Sake, which brings together volunteers, families, co-workers, and friends, and stresses the importance of mentorship & support for children & youth in the Georgian Triangle. It also raises a TON of money for this local not for profit organization. We’ve always had strong participation from staff, families and friends, but we’re hoping to reach new heights this year!!
Team Crozier, a.k.a. THE BOWLING STONES, will help kick off the Bowl for Kids campaign on February 10th, 2017. This year, there’s an added component of Wii bowling in advance of our bowling night … to get our game on!
Visit our team page to help us to reach our fundraising goal of $4,000. And, we’re issuing a challenge to other Collingwood Engineering firms to raise their team and fight to the fundraising finish!
The Film Festival ‘Right Around the Corner’
January 27-29, 2017
C.F. Crozier & Associates is proud to support the 4th annual Milton Film Festival. This signature arts event has elevated Milton’s growing cultural scene, attracting more movie-goers and community support each year. In addition to praised feature films from both Canada and around the world, the 2017 festival will also screen a selection of short films by local and regional film makers. For more information and to purchase tickets, check out Milton Film Festival.
We’ve just received word that our sponsored film, – Old Stone – has been nominated for *five* Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Original Screenplay, Achievement in Editing and Achievement in Cinematography. The awards ceremony will take place on March 12th. For more information, visit Canadian Screen Awards.
Gala Celebration Honours Milton Mayor, Gord Krantz
January 14, 2017
Earlier this month, the Milton Centre for the Arts held its annual Gala Celebration, which honoured Mayor Gord Krantz, who has the distinction of being Canada’s longest serving mayor. Several Crozier staffers joined over 450 guests who enjoyed performances by acclaimed Scottish-Canadian tenor, John McDermott, as well as speed-painter, Michael Israel. Known for his amazing artwork created in minutes, Mr. Israel proceeded to paint large canvases, of John Lennon and Albert Einstein, both of which were then auctioned with proceeds going to the local arts community.
“We have great respect and a lot of love to you Gord.” – Lisa Raitt, Conservative MP for Milton and host for the evening.
This annual gala event not only showcases talent in the Milton community, but offers the opportunity for guests to enjoy this state-of-the art theatre. Visit Milton Centre for the Arts for info on coming events.
The Spirit of Christmas
Supporting our communities is an ongoing tradition at Crozier & Associates, especially as the Christmas season approaches.
Donated food and household items “piled up” in both offices as the month of December progressed, all of which were dropped off at local food banks in Milton and Collingwood just in time for Christmas. In addition, proceeds raised through a gift basket raffle at our staff Christmas party, were presented to St. Vincent de Paul chapters in Milton and Collingwood. All of these proceeds were earmarked to providing aid to over 1,200 people at the Food Bank, 350 people at the Good Food Box, and 200 on Emergency Response Hotline. We’re grateful to those who participated. A few simple gestures can go a long way.
MOVEmber 2016: Collingwood Gets Moving
November 30, 2016
It’s hard to believe another Movember has come and gone. As is now our tradition, the Crozier MoBros have been growing out their “glorious staches” to raise awareness about critical men’s health issues including prostrate and testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health. But for the MoSistas and MoBros in our midst not growing moustaches, there was a new way to way to get involved this year – the MOVE for Movember Challenge.
Facial hair aside, Collingwood staff were challenged to move and be active for all 30 days of the MOVEmber while raising awareness and donations for Men’s Health. Volunteer staff instructors got staff MOVing with a wide array of physical activities over lunch and after hours, all month long. Participation was strong, as was enthusiasm, for activities ranging from Agility Ladder to Core+Balance, Yoga, Crossfit, and Country Heat dance work-outs.
We MOVEd, got fit and raised some bucks … all at the same time. Now how’s that for multi-tasking??
It’s in Us … and We Gave!
October 12, 2016
Crozier Collingwood participated for the first time as a group, donating blood in support of Canadian Blood Services. To re-energize those who signed up to give blood following their donation, staff held a cookie bake-off on the afternoon of the blood drive.
Cookie bakers vied for the inaugural Crozier Collingwood Chef’s Hat by baking and submitting samples of their cookie recipe fav’s. Entries included apricot pecan oatmeal cookies, chocolate sugar cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip and chocolate avocado cookies, as well as red velvet white chocolate chip cookies. Cookie chefs Darrell Fuller, Maddie Ferguson and Andrea Mitchell tied for the “tastiest cookie” prizes, sharing prizes between them.
Canadian Blood Services conducts community donation drives six times per year in Collingwood. The next blood donation event will be held at the Collingwood Legion (490 Ontario Street) on December 14th, and we hope to have an even larger group participating, including friends and family. If you’d like to in join us, please contact us and mention Blood Services in your message, or contact Canadian Blood Services.
Way to go, Crozier Collingwood … we’re committed to continuing and “growing the give”!
Swinging for a Cause
October 4, 2016
While the golf season has come to an end, our first place winners are still walking around with their heads held high following their winning round at the G & M Hospital Foundation’s Golf Classic (for the 2nd year running, might we add).
The Crozier foursome took the Men’s title at the G&M Hospital Classic Golf Tournament, with a remarkable score of 13 under par 59. Crozier Clients, Bill and John Sorokolit (pictured above) teamed up with Morgan Rubes, and Chris Crozier. Perfect weather conditions at the Mad River Golf Club may have helped to win the tournament, or maybe it was Chris Crozier’s highlighted chip in for an eagle on the 17th hole.
Congrats to the G & M Foundation on a successful tournament … a total of $65,000 was raised for the hospital this year.
Milton Chamber of Commerce Incredible Race 2016
April 25, 2016
Crozier staff and the Town of Milton recently got a little taste of TV’s most popular reality competition “The Amazing Race”.
Hosted by the Milton Chamber of Commerce and supported by six local venues, the inaugural Incredible Race Milton challenged eight teams representing local businesses to complete numerous physical and mental challenges throughout the community.
While Team Crozier didn’t come out on top, we enjoyed every step of this “Incredible” community and team-building journey. Thanks to the Milton Chamber of Commerce and sponsors – we look forward to redemption in 2017!
Taking Root…with a little help.
April 25, 2016
Pumped for a little Saturday morning planting are Crozier & Associates’ co-workers (from left to right): Nuno Gama, Nicole Segal, Graeme MacDonald, Jon Sylvester, Hamdy Shafi, and Benjamin Peachman.
Members of our Milton team were thumbs up and shovels down this past Saturday at the City of Mississauga’s annual tree planting in celebration of Earth Days. Although there are 2.1 million trees on both public and private lands in the City, when it comes to these air-cleaning, water-filtering, flood-controlling, temperature-regulating, wildlife-sheltering, soul-calming wonders – you can never have too much of a good thing!
That’s why Mississauga has targeted an almost 50% increase in their tree population by 2032 with the launch of its “One Million Trees Mississauga” initiative.
Partnering with Credit Valley Conservation, Ecosource, Evergreen, and the Association for Canadian Educational Resources, the City has put out the call to tree-lovers across the municipality to dig in and be counted on their website.
With the tree-total already topping 202,000 – clearly everyone’s keen for more green in their future!
A Shout-Out to Tiny Rollers and Team Spirit
February 26, 2016
Thanks to staff members and family who chased strikes and/or kids in a fun night at the launch of Crozier & Associates Bowl for Kid’s Sake. It was the first bowl night in a month long fundraising campaign in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle.
Too bad looking good didn’t count in the scoring – but then, the kids would win hands-down!