So… Where do I begin?

Well, to recap, last month we were excited to announce that Startup Barrie was on board and as our first ‘official’ organization member, which was awesome! Their enthusiasm for the way we are going to help with their volunteer management was only challenged by how excited they are about a community being built around the very act of volunteering. They are “a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources, and programming” and we couldn’t be happier to be a small part of what they are doing in this amazing city!

But wait! There’s more!

This month we were very (very, very, VERY) happy to add two more organizations to our community as well. Georgian College Students’ Association (GCSA)–Barrie AND Unity Christian School have also chosen to use Tandempark for their volunteering this year! What is really encouraging about this growth, is not just that we are increasing in numbers (don’t get me wrong, it’s REALLY exciting to see more and more people joining Tandempark) but the enthusiastic feedback we continuing to receive. When we first set up GCSA–Barrie on Tandempark, they were able to set up a test project, create a position, and add a shift before we had a chance to give any instructions on how to do so. And from what I can tell about UI, I’m confident that’s a good thing. Afterall, a User Interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good.

Community Partnerships

I mentioned last month that Rhubarb Media has been extremely helpful with our early web and brand development. Because you’re reading this post (good for you!), you get a special preview of what we are looking forward to announcing this September. This past month, we were excited to sit down with Chad Ballantyne, owner of Rhubarb Media, and make it official. We are super grateful to be able to call them our first Community Hero! Seeing the vision and need for what we are developing, Rhubarb has graciously signed on a top-tier partner, enabling Tandempark to accelerate development, increase marketing initiatives, and allowing local organizations to experience the value of what we are creating. When we spoke with Chad, he explained that he believed in our vision and what we are building and just wants to be a part of that mission:

“We try and get personally involved in doing something for our community as well as giving more financially. We have to think about the legacy we wish to leave behind. We have to be counter-cultural and we have to start at home by empowering our children to believe that we can never be great by ourselves, but that greatness is measured by the quality of life we make possible for everyone else. By supporting Tandempark, we feel we are helping a great resource for people to step up and give back to their communities.”

| Chad Ballantyne, Rhubarb Media |

Of course, loving the community is just part of who Chad is. as the founder of The Creative Space and an active volunteer, it’s no surprise that he sees how Tandempark can empower communities to make the world awesome. Thank you so much, Chad and everyone at Rhubarb Media!

An official announcement will follow but I can’t keep it a secret any longer. The news is just too good.

Another Big Thanks to the smOffice Sponsors

Because of all the development that has been unfolding on the development side, I have simply not been making the time to take full advantage of the benefits smOffice offers. I’ve said for three months that I will be taking up yoga and now that we’ve changed the calendar over to September, I’m disappointed to say I still haven’t made it out. We’ve listed all of these lovely organizations on the front page of our website so be sure to check them out!

That’s all for now.

Live generously,


Liam Squires

Founder & CEO