Being Apart, Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Be Together!

Special Olympics is happy with their flexible Valo intranet

Remote training, work, and gatherings have taken the world by storm. The days of large gatherings, get-togethers with friends or family, and even face-to-face brainstorming sessions with co-workers cease to exist. Although we may feel apart when it comes to our daily physical interactions, it doesn’t mean we can’t be together.

Many companies have found new ways when it comes to doing things remotely. Realtors now do house viewings online, doctors use telehealth to examine patients, and students learn from the comfort of their homes. But, how do large non-profits do it though, especially in industries where in-person gatherings and events used to make a huge impact?

A new digital workplace to bring a distributed team together

Special Olympics Canada (SOC) struggled to find a way to keep together their 49,600 athletes, 21,500 volunteers, 6,175 programs, and 150 internal staff that work behind the scenes. Being a countrywide organization and having to revert to online coaching, virtual charitable events, and a communication system that could target all these individuals; SOC needed to revert to a new online system.

For decades, Special Olympics Canada has increased the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through sports. As new sponsors in 2020, Valo Solutions & Creospark have combined their efforts to facilitate Special Olympics Canada’s brand-new digital workplace. At the time of the writing of this article, from the Valo offering, Special Olympics Canada is using Valo Intranet/Extranet for sharing news, documents and updates nationwide. And they are evaluating the rest of the Valo modules: Valo Connect for bringing the intranet into Microsoft Teams, Valo Teamwork for managing workspace lifecycle, and Valo Ideas for ideation and innovation.

Dedicated to helping bring together the staff, employees, and volunteers of the SOC to further support these incredible athletes. You can read more about the case study Special Olympics Canada: Valo Extranet’s Flexible Security and Architecture Allows Access to Right People at the Right Time.

Find out how Valo Products are revolutionizing this non-profit organization and bringing their distributed team together:

Valo Intranet: Top 5 Reasons to Invest in an Intranet
Valo Connect: 5 Benefits of Having Your Intranet Inside Microsoft Teams
Valo Extranet: 5 Advantages of Extranets for External Collaboration

Although many in-person events have been postponed to 2022, we at Valo strive to keep businesses and organizations running by prividing the solution to all their digital workplace needs. We couldn’t be prouder along with Creospark to partner with SOC and provide them with a modern virtual workspace. Check out the video which kicks off our partnership and puts smiles on our faces.

We love providing solutions to remote workers through our products and solutions, but what we #ValoLove even more, is seeing how all our efforts facilitate the lives of others. Listen to Canadian Special Olympic athlete Matthew Field from Ontario, Canada provide a heartfelt thank you message for the support Valo has provided to the organization in the last year. We are so #ValoProud of him and all the other athletes involved and look forward to being apart of all their great achievements in the years to come.

Learn more about Valo products and solutions for your digital workplace by joining us for the second edition of Valo Fest taking place April 21st, 2021. A free virtual event for digital workplace lovers. We had Denise Strong, Director, Information Systems for SOC featured as a speaker in the 2020 edition, have a look back at her session Valo Fest – A not for profit sports organization journey using Microsoft 365 and Valo in Canada. Come get inspired, learn from world-class speakers, and most importantly, have fun because being apart, doesn’t mean we can’t be together!

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