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On Board with Manoverboard

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I had heard so many great things about Manoverboard, and was so excited that my work placement would be with the ‘overboard team. Manoverboard is a small group of some of the kindest and most dedicated individuals I have ever met. The office is open and welcoming, which made me feel immediately comfortable. I cannot express how grateful I am for being so well received into their space and having the opportunity to learn from such a talented team.

I had the chance to work on a pro bono project for an urban agriculture organization, Sustainable South Osborne Community Cooperative, from start to finish. It was an amazing opportunity to work with clients and see first hand how the process moves along. I learned how to source and contact printers for quotes. I enjoyed being part of the office dynamic, being a part of staff meetings, and seeing how the work flowed through the office.

“I hope that in my professional future I take as much care in choosing the types of projects I work on as I do in creating them.”
—Hailey Graham

The business is tucked away in one of the most beautiful and unassuming buildings in a really neat neighbourhood. The wood interior and natural lighting feels like an escape from the city, yet in South Osborne it is a hop, skip and a jump away from everything one could possibly need. It was fun to hang out in a neighbourhood that I rarely get a chance to spend time in and to explore a different area of the city.

It was really interesting to learn about their business model and the clients that Manoverboard works with. The company is a B Corporation, which means they are dedicated to working towards positive change in the world. The clients they help do really great things for the communities in which they work with, whether that is recycling programs for schools or investing in sustainable fishing practices. It is nice to know that there are great companies like Manoverboard that have such a positive impact on the world.

Overall the last three weeks have been really great! Everyone at Manoverboard has been welcoming and made me feel a part of the team, even inviting me out for lunch to The Crusty Bun and Affinity Vegetarian. It was also a privilege to join them in their monthly volunteer session at Winnipeg Harvest, a community-based food distribution centre.

It was an absolute pleasure getting to hang out with everyone and see a company do so many great things for its community, both globally and locally. I hope that in my professional future I take as much care in choosing the types of projects I work on as I do in creating them.

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