On an Island with GirlGang
Filed Under: Business, Design, Development, Launch, Lifestyle, Marketing
This month we met up with Ashley, Danielle, Jess.F., Jes.B., Stephanie and Taylor – the six women behind GirlGang Kindness. GirlGang is an organization based in Lethbridge, AB and they are doing big things for their community. At Island we love working with all types of business and we were happy to be along for the ride with GirlGang. Island worked closely with the team to create a new website, logo design and brand guide. The goal was to create a platform that showcases events, initiatives and general kindness these women are known for. Grab yourself a glass of champagne, sit back and relax and learn a little more about GirlGang Kindness.
Island: Tell us about GirlGang?
GirlGang: GirlGang Kindness is a group of unique women who came together with a shared vision of empowering one another by spreading compassion and love in our own lives and in our community.
Island: What kind of work does your organization do? What kind of programs or events do you run?
GG: We strive to create fun and courageous spaces that foster human connection. We do so through small acts of kindness and by supporting organizations who are already doing great work. We want to encourage all individuals to be kind: to themselves, to one another, and to their community.
Twice a year GirlGang teams up with Hudson’s Canada’s Pub to hold two special events. GirlGang hosts the annual Galentine’s event in support of YWCA Harbour House. YWCA Harbour House is a Women’s Emergency Shelter, a 30-bed crisis unit for women and children who are involved in abusive intimate partner relationships.
We also host an event every August. Get the Fundraiser Outside (GTFO) supports a different charity each year, and each of the GirlGang founders will have an opportunity to choose their charity of choice to be the recipient of our proceeds.
GirlGang also participates in lots of different local community events. Just last week we were out to support the Walk a Mile Event.
Island: Wow, it sounds like you guys are pretty bus. What would you say you are most proud of since starting GirlGang? How has your program improved over time?
GG: We are most proud of creating a culture of kindness. In the past two years, we have been able to grow organically and believe that being a grassroots group helps people feel connected to us, our vision, and this movement.
We’ve seen a steady growth in interest for our events such as Galentine’s Day + Get the Fundraiser Outside (we went from the small back room at Hudson’s Canada’s Pub to the whole bar this year, we had higher online ticket sales, we had more raffle tickets sold, etc…). I think that’s due to our fun and active presence in #YQL. Our presence has created more intrigue for people and they want to know how to get involved, to help, or simply just be apart of something that brings people together.
We receive emails from people in the community that have been impacted by our personal stories, community connections, or events, and believe that we are creating a safe space for people to come together, and inspire others to be kind, not only to themselves but to others and our community.
Island: You talk about having an active presence. Where does your website and digital presence fit within the success of your business?
GG: Organic. We started by existing on social media and found as we grew that we needed a website presence to further spread kindness in our community. By seeing the work and generosity of our community online, we see the progress of work and it gives us so much pride.
Island: What were your goals and vision when developing your new website?
GG: We wanted a website to create a gathering space. (We wanted to improve)The functionality of our website. We were growing and we were in need of an online store, online ticket sales. Our hope was to showcase all of the initiatives we had going on. It’s a way for us to capture the moments we have shared with our community.
Island: If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about creating or revamping their website, what would it be?
GG: Have a vision in your brand and allow the professionals to bring that vision to life.
Island: Ok GirlGang, if you were stranded on an island, what is the one thing you couldn’t live without ?
GG: To have the ultimate GirlGang island we’d need each other, and an unlimited champagne and snack bar.
Wonder-site for Wonderhub
Filed Under: Business, Design, Development, Launch, Marketing
Part of our favourite thing about working on websites, is the range of businesses we get to learn about. And every now and then a site will come along that makes us feel like kids again.
Job Posting: Website Developer
Filed Under: Business, Development
Deadline: August 30, 2019
Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a competitive pay, truly flexible hours, opportunity for growth and learning, and a work environment like you’ve never experienced.
Website Developer Wanted
Filed Under: Business, Development, Lifestyle
Deadline: April 12, 2019
Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a competitive pay, truly flexible hours, and a work environment like you’ve never experienced.
Newest addition to Island, Caitlin.
Filed Under: Business, Design, Development, Lifestyle
Hey, I’m Caitlin, I am the newest addition to team Island! I don’t really have a title, because we sort of do a bit of everything, but I guess you could say, developer, designer, photographer?! Or you know, “Floater”.
I grew up playing Steel Tip Darts, but after years of practice and tournaments, I got 3rd in provincials. It wasn’t a high enough placement to go to Nationals, so I decided I better choose a new career path. I started getting an interest for design and photography in 2008 and was hooked! I went to SBC but decided I needed to learn more. I then moved to San Francisco, California with my Aunt and that’s where my interest in development started! There I spent 4 years studying and working as a designer and developer.
I recently moved back to Saskatoon, just in time for this awful winter! To force myself to socialize and step away from my computer, I spend my spare time playing dodgeball and slo-pitch. I am a huge sports fan which includes Hockey, Baseball, and Football but I haven’t cracked the roster on any of those sports yet.
I am excited to be on the Island team and can’t wait to put my skills to use! Hope to create for you soon!
New Website Launch! Darkside Donuts
Filed Under: Design, Development, Launch
We’re super pumped to announce our TASTIEST website we have ever designed. Saskatoon is lucky to have the newly opened Darkside Donuts for all your donuts needs.
Job Opportunity: Website Developer
Filed Under: Design, Development
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a creative work environment, flexible hours, and a job you’ll never want to leave.
E-commerce webinar July 17th
Filed Under: Business, Development, Launch, Marketing
Are you looking to start an online business or create a new revenue stream for an existing business?
Are you wondering which solution you should use, whether or not you should build an app, whether you should go the DIY route or hire a developer?
Then you should definitely join the WESK webinar on e-commerce tomorrow July 17th, from 12pm to 1pm.
During this hour I’ll be covering all of the most common questions first time e-commerce store owners have. We’ll look at which tools you should use based on where you’re at in your business, as well as your business type and much more.
And there will be a Q&A session at the end so we can delve deeper into your particular issues.
See you then!
Ladies Learning Code – Build a Web Store
Filed Under: Development
Check out Island’s very own web developer, Jill Ferron, on CTV Regina this morning promoting Ladies Learning Code. Their next event goes tomorrow at 9am over at Innovation Place in Regina. This session “Building a Web Store with Shopify and Liquid” will teach you the skills to sell cool stuff online.
Jill is the Canada Learning Code Chapter Lead for Regina, and was responsible for bringing Ladies Learning Code to the city. She has been working with Island as a web developer for five months now and we’re super excited to have her on the team!
Win a ticket for tonight’s Prairie Investment Forum!
Filed Under: Business, Design, Development, Launch, Lifestyle, Marketing
We’re all going to the 1st Annual Prairie Investment Forum hosted by Co.Labs, and we want you to come!
Just comment on our Instagram post for a chance to win a free ticket, and we’ll message the lucky winner this afternoon.
The Prairie investment forum will showcase startups from each Prairie Province, investors from North America, and Sask expats working in tech.
See you at 7pm at the Delta Bessborough!