Pythian’s Love Your Community program is proud to support the active community participation of our employees through our Volunteer Day and Employee Sponsorship programs. Our employees donate their time as coaches, mentors, volunteers, and board members by contributing to fundraising initiatives, and lending their skills and talent to local community and industry organizations. To recognize the importance of giving back to the community, Pythian grants employees one paid volunteer day per calendar year to participate in a community event with a charity or non-profit organization of their choice, and we sponsor individual and group participation in a variety of community-based events. The aim of this program is to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to helping our employees make their local communities safer, stronger, and better places to live and work.
In addition to supporting individual contributions to the community, Pythian also:
- Supports a number of team-based community initiatives throughout the year.
- Participates in the cooperative education programs of local colleges and universities by providing placements for students each semester.
- Partners with the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management’s Management Information Systems (MIS) Program. Since 2012, Pythian has provided scholarships and paid internships to four MIS students per year.
- Sits on local councils. Pythian founder, Paul Vallee, forms part of Hire Immigrants Ottawa’s “Employer Council of Champions” (ECC), which features leading local employers who are committed to championing the issue of skilled immigrant employment.
- Works with Hire Immigrants Ottawa and is a member of the Information Technology Sector Working Group. We work with a team of professionals attempting to tackle barriers and systemic challenges that employers face in their efforts to hire and integrate internationally trained professionals into the workplace.
- Builds relationships and supports the services of organizations, such as World Skills (Ottawa Job Match Network), Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, and ITO.