Fuel Good’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to transform the operations of your nonprofit, K12 school board or human services organization. It’s not just about technology, it’s about new approaches, new processes, and reducing administrative burden so you can focus on your mission. This year at Fuel Good 2020, we were lucky enough to have three pre-conference training sessions, two incredible key notes, 27 breakout sessions, and two fantastic networking functions, all over the span of two days.
Starting the conference off on the right foot, we were joined by Kim Plewes from WE Charity. Kim highlighted the key message of Fuel Good 2020 in The Power One Person Has to Change the World, by providing examples of how you can be an everyday hero in your community. Whether you are volunteering at a local charity, donating money or shoveling your neighbour’s driveway, you too, can make a difference.
We kicked off day two of Fuel Good with a bang! Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s presentation, Everyday Resiliency: How to Show Up at Work while Balancing and Enjoying Life, made our belly’s ache from laughter and brought tears to our eyes while discussing how to stay on top of everyday struggles and harness the power of stress.
One of our most popular sessions, Upgrading to Sparkrock 365 for Finance, presented by Josip Petrusa, Teodora Buhteva and Chris Large had delegates lining the walls to hear about the latest in our revolutionary cloud-based software. We took a closer look at the new features and functionality of Sparkrock 365 through a Finance lens.
Kinley Graham’s session on Budgeting and End of Year Best Practices was one of our most highly rated presentations this year at Fuel Good. The discussion style format allowed for open dialogue between Kinley and the attendees, allowing them to get down to the nitty gritty details of how to wrap up the fiscal year and get ready for the fiscal new year – a very important part of the finance team’s job.
A Fuel Good first this year, we held the Procurement Strategies and Best Practices Panel. Moderated by Rhett Williams, our panelists included Kinley Graham, Phyllis Fidler from King’s University College and Susan Anderson from Sudbury Catholic District School Board. This panel facilitated some excellent questions around how nonprofits, school boards and human services should go about procurement.
The last session to be highlighted is Decoding Cybersecurity for your Organization, presented by James Faw and Michael Castro. This presentation gave detailed accounts of where cybersecurity is today, and the steps needed to become more cyber resilient. If there is one key message to take away from this presentation, it is that ensuring your personal and professional data stays secure is paramount.
SOCIAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
After the first day of conferencing, our minds were buzzing from the amazing presentations we heard earlier that afternoon. What better way to unwind than some cocktails and canapés? Whether you had a photoshoot with the Superhero Cardboard Cut-outs, sat down for a video testimonial with Leo, or just had some great conversation with your fellow industry peers, the Networking Reception was definitely an event highlight.
Another event which cannot be overlooked is our Industry Networking Dinner. What better way to wrap up day one than to sit down for a gourmet meal and delicious cocktail at one of Toronto’s funkiest restaurants, the Jazz Bistro. The food was delicious, but the company was even better!
CUSTOMER AWARD WINNERS
Last but definitely not least, were our Customer Awards. These awards are at the very heart of Fuel Good, dating back to before the conference had taken shape. Our founders James Faw and Nicola Dickinson would take a customer who exemplified our company values out for dinner to say thank you for all that they do.
This year, we were extremely proud to announce the below organizations took home the Innovate Award, Impact Award and Customer of the Year Award.
Congratulations Sudbury Catholic District School Board!
This award goes to the customer whose innovative use of technology has benefited the organization in many ways and has led them to become a technology leader in their sector.
With the implementation of Sparkrock 365, Sudbury Catholic District School Board is now looking to further standardize their Human Resources and Payroll processes and fully integrate this with their Finance system. The mySparkrock component will allow employees and managers to access and update information, reducing the need for paper transactions or duplicate system entry.
Congratulation to Kenora District Services Board!
This award is presented to a customer whose solution has had the greatest impact on their organization by improving operations or process efficiency and effectiveness, and services that impacted their social cause and community benefit.
The Kenora District Services Board (KDSB) delivers needed social services to all citizens in the District of Kenora. The KDSB is committed to the provision of efficient and effective district wide services that supports its individuals, families and communities in reaching their full potential.
Their primary strategic directions include full integration of their services, effective communication with the public; development of partnerships and utilization of technologies to ensure resources are effectively utilized.
The KDSB delivers valuable human services in their region while carrying out their roles with compassion and enthusiasm.
Customer of the Year Award
Congratulations to Kenora Association for Community Living!
This award goes to the customer that has gone above and beyond in every sense and has made the greatest impact in regards to their mission and the lives they serve in 2019.
The Kenora Association for Community Living has been providing necessary services to Kenora for over fifty years. Research drives them to explore new approaches to providing services and to continue advocating for social equity.
Among their services, the KACL offers aid to children, adults with developmental disabilities and adults with mental health needs. The KACL also provides opportunities to explore artistic expression, by facilitating local arts projects, while advocating for overall healthy lifestyle choices, including fitness and nutrition.
To cultivate positive change, through conversations that emphasize possibilities rather than problems, the Kenora Association for Community Living aspires to weave the social fabric that celebrates connectedness, belonging, autonomy, and diversity.
Thank you to all who joined us at Fuel Good 2020 this year, we cannot wait share what we have in store for 2021 – stay tuned!