On an Island with GirlGang

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.

Kristen Pawson   |   September 27, 2019

Wonder-site for Wonderhub

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.

Andrew Scott   |   August 27, 2019

New Website Launch! Darkside Donuts

 

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.

 

 

Andrew Scott   |   October 13, 2018

E-commerce webinar July 17th

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!

Jill

Jill Ferron   |   July 16, 2018

Win a ticket for tonight’s Prairie Investment Forum!

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!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 21, 2018

Entrepreneur meetup – Feb. 15

Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan is hosting another meetup this Thursday from 5 pm to 7 pm at Village Guitar and Amp. It’s open to everyone, bring your family and friends to this cool event featuring Rauncie Kinnaird of Sandy Shores Resort and Kinnaird Bagpipes.

 

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 13, 2018

Trails of 1885 Website – Island Project Spotlight

It’s Thursday, so that means time for a throwback…all the way to 1885. Last year we were fortunate enough to work with the folks at Tourism Saskatoon and the Trails fo 1885 to redesign their website. Here is how it used to look.

The website needed to highlight the different sites that you can visit that were part of the Trails of 1885 history. But as part of our discovery we realized just how much this story covered. The main feature of the website is the homepage (after you select your language). This serves as an interactive timeline that takes the user through the history of the North-West Resistance.

 

The website also has a page for each site, where you can learn more about its history, location, hours, upcoming events, and even view a photo gallery of that location.

Also featured is an interactive map, so users can see the proximity of locations to one another, and find convenient driving routes between each site.

Visit trailsof1885.com

Chase Milligan   |   February 1, 2018

Grow your Business in Saskatchewan & Beyond

This event, hosted by WESK at Village Guitar & Amp, features three women entrepreneurs:  Katherine Regnier of Coconut CalendarAngela Propp Schmidt of Redwillow Organics, and Serese Selanders of Kasiel Solutions. These entrepreneurs know what they’re talking about: Coconut Calendar just raised $4.2 million in a series A funding, following a first-round funding of $700,000 just last year!

If you’re interested in hearing about how they are growing their respective businesses of agriculture, technology and science at home and internationally, come check it out!

Events are $30 for members and non-members, tickets are available here.

See you there!

 

Jill Ferron   |   January 31, 2018

How to use Google for Business

Looks like this week’s all about growing your business!

If you’re ready to gear up and accelerate your business, but need a hand on the more practical “how to” questions, you won’t want to miss out on this luncheon. Nathan Woroniuk from WDiT Business Solutions will be talking about Google for Business, what is it and how can you use it to your best advantage.

Tickets are $20 and include lunch, the event is at SREDA this Wednesday January 31st, from 12 am – 1 pm.

 

 

Jill Ferron   |   January 30, 2018

Website Launch: Sask Drinks

It’s not every day that a hobby we share in the office comes knocking at our door* with an idea for a cool website project, so we were super excited about this one from the get go!
*metaphorically knocking at our door, there wasn’t like a 9mile growler knocking at our door, although I have had an eerily similar dream.

Sask Drinks was created to help those interested learn a bit more about Saskatchewan’s growing craft alcohol industry through an online interactive map that showcases many of our province’s finest beer, wine, and spirits (of the roughly 20 makers initially featured, we’ve tried 14 so far ourselves). Everything is organized geographically so sit down at the table, find your favourite new spot, and don’t forget to click around to find out a bit more about everyone who helped make the map a reality (psssst….click on the matches).

We really hope you all enjoy Sask Drinks as much as we did creating it.

SaskDrinks.com

Cody Schumacher   |   July 12, 2017