Staff buy 1400 chocolate bars to honour colleagues for their work

burlingtoncityhall-2City staff purchased 1,400 chocolate bars in April as part of a “gratitude-o-gram” program launched last year as a simple way for employees to recognize their co-workers for helping out and going the extra mile. Participants buy a chocolate bar for $2 and send it to a colleague with a personalised note of thanks. The city’s healthy workplace committee delivers the bars.

Last year, 900 chocolate bars were sold.  The committee chose Walker’s Chocolates as they’re Burlington based and they make (delicious!) fundraising chocolate bars. The chocolate bars cost $1 each + tax, and are sold for $2. After the cost of the cards is deducted (approx. $400) the profits are used to fund:

• Wellness roves-  the roves include all City locations, so the cost for supplies (i.e. healthy snacks, sunscreen samples, natural scrubs) has increased
• Food at events  (i.e. pizza at bowling, Gatorade at softball, etc.)
• Prizes for challenges (Winning at Losing) and seminars (i.e. family bowling pass for seminar on Creating Great Family Life)

Special thanks to Jennifer Odorico and Jessica Randall for their work on this initiative, and thanks to all the staff members who participated. You made someone’s day- 1,400 times!! – with a thank you and a chocolate bar!



Written by Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made.

As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington.

The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful.

Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

What's your take?

City achieves accreditation for children’s programs

Patrick Moyle appointed interim city manager, as of May 1