Legal Aid Alberta earns sportsmanship award and finishes second overall at the Edmonton Corporate Challenge

“It’s a ton of fun and makes me feel more connected with my coworkers.” Jon Mastel, stakeholder engagement advisor and Corporate Challenge participant

Legal Aid AB
June 21, 2024

In an impressive display of teamwork, determination and competitive spirit, Legal Aid Alberta clinched second place in our division at this year’s Edmonton Corporate Challenge. The competition was as fierce as ever, with 31 mid-sized companies in our division vying for glory.

Each spring, companies in Edmonton come together to compete in a series of friendly and exciting activities that promote unity, teamwork and wellness. Teams face off across a diverse range of activities, from traditional sports like volleyball and bowling to unique activities like a scavenger hunt, trivia contest and even a virtual cooking class.

It gave me a chance to meet coworkers and build relationships outside of my department. I’m competitive, but at the end of the day, it’s about having fun and meeting new people!

Domnika Scherbakov, operations business partner and Corporate Challenge Team Captain

LAA leads in sportsmanship and spirit

This year, over 45 LAA employees came together from different business areas and competed in 26 fun activities. Our strongest performance was a first-place finish in the Team Nomination activity. Throughout the competition, teams could nominate and award points to a team they felt exemplified great sportsmanship and spirit. Team LAA led the way with the most points.

Following up on last year’s bronze medal performance, LAA’s Slo-Pitch team breezed through the opening games before suffering narrow loss in the finals, securing the silver medal. The Unknown Challenge team raced around West Edmonton Mall competing in over 25 mini games, earning a bronze medal.

The Corporate Challenge is an opportunity for employees to get to know each other while showcasing their diverse skills and talents. Two brave team members put these talents on full display during a talent show on the final day. Contact Centre Intake Officer Aurora Villagracia led the crowd in an energetic rendition of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ and staff lawyer Sean Smith showcased his juggling skills.

Participation across Alberta

Participation was not only limited to staff in Edmonton. Legal Aid Alberta is Alberta-wide, and through a variety of online and individually tracked activities, team members from cities across Alberta contributed to the team’s strong showing.

“I love sports! The Corporate Challenge allows me to interact with LAA colleagues I would normally never meet while also competing in different sports I normally play.”

Chris Chromik, duty counsel lawyer and Corporate Challenge Team Captain

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