Volunteer Work

Working inside a small company like Highland Multimedia provides lots of insight one might otherwise miss in a larger organization.

From meeting with business owners directly, to learning from some of the most experienced designers in Nova Scotia working with HM is a new adventure everyday!

Highland Multimedia is proud to have a long history of working to strengthen non-profit organizations and individuals. Below is a list of organizations we have worked with in the past. We invite any non-profit to request our help and we will do all we can to spare some time and resources.

 

Friendship Corner Website | Web Design, Content Management System and Website Hosting


In April 2015 HM was able to help out this very small but very popular non-profit by creating a website for them that could showcase what they do, who they are, upcoming events, and fundraising efforts. A special thanks to Duffy MacDonald for approaching us with this opportunity. Visit Website.

CACL | Website Hosting Donation


In March 2015 the local CACL was approaching businesses for donations for their fund raising auction. We were able to offer a $200 gift certificate for website hosting with the hope that one of our existing clients would see this as a great way to reduce their annual hosting bill or for a new company to start a relationship with us. A special thanks to Nick Boutler for approaching us with this request. Visit Website.

J.H. Gillis Regional High School | Economics of Success Guest Facilitator


In March of 2015 James Smeaton spent 4 hours with the local grade nine students delivering the Junior Achievement program called Economics of Success. The experience had James pair his personal and professional history with the program material. Highlights included goal setting, mock job interviews, budget activities as well as discussing and selecting role models and how to negotiate tough scenarios in the work place. A major theme of this session was to imagine and take advantage of early opportunities in life as each step helps to create a path to success.

A Playground for Everybody | Web Design, Content Management System and Website Hosting


In February 2015 HM offered to help this initiative by building a professional website to further enhance their fundraising capabilities to bring a playground to Antigonish that would be accessible for  kids and adults that would otherwise not be able to join in at a typical playground. This work would not have been possible without the contributions of a HM intern Andrew Killian who helped place the majority of content for the website.  Visit Website.

J.H. Gillis Regional High School | Poster Design


HM volunteered to design an eye catching poster for the 2013 Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser for the local high school students.
National Racquet Ball Tournament | PowerPoint and Website Design


In the initial stages of attracting this national tournament, Wayne Ezekiel, President of AA Munro Insurance requested help to design an attractive PowerPoint to show to the event planners. It worked out so well, Antigonish won the bid to bring the event here, and now HM is developing the website to coordinate all the information for this event.
Junior Achievement | Guest Classroom Speaker


James Smeaton of Highland Multimedia has volunteered each year since 2005 with the Economics of Staying In School. A program that seeks to get young people thinking about careers and how choices made today can have a significant impact on the reality of tomorrow. This program is usually delivered via two people from the business community  to class of grade nine students in the local high school.
Read More… [J.A Newsletter, PDF]
Keppoch Bike Park | Website Design


After establishing a solid core of volunteers and a large deal of improvements to Keppoch Mountain it was time to start spreading the good news of the local trails. HM was there to help by designing a website that featured all the core information about the park.
Narcotics Anonymous | Logo Design


HM was asked to create a modern looking logo for an upcoming annual conference. We delivered with a beautiful sketch from our in house designer Matthew Puddicombe.
Antigonish Anglers Association | Poster Design


HM was asked to create an eye catching poster for the annual salmon dinner put on by the local Anglers Association. To this end we provided a design which can easily attract attention from more then 20 feet away.
XEDC Technology Focus Group | Guest Panelist


In August of 2010 James Smeaton worked with XEDC in a three hour session to provide insight on the creation of technology adoption helper program. The goal of the program is to ask some basic questions of business owners to help determine which information related technologies they may be a good fit for.
Dr. Kingston Memorial Health Clinic | Web & Graphic Design


A small town in Cape Breton (St. Peters) needed marketing support to raise over $100,000 for the construction of a new health clinic. Highland Multimedia was able to help by upgrading their website with online donation capabilities as well as designing a button for the cause.
St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation | Poster Campaign Design


Over the course of the spring and summer of 2010 Highland Multimedia worked with the St. Martha’s Association to develop a series of three eye catching posters to help promote various fund raising activities.
St.FX Assoc. Computer Machinery Chapter | Guest Speaker


On June 17th of 2010 James Smeaton worked with the local Association for Computing Machinery to delivery a presentation of The Importance of User Interface Design. The presentation lasted for a solid hour and gave the various students and faculty a critical insight into the development of user interface systems for all range of designers and developers.
Chamber of Commerce / RDA Export Conference | Guest Panelist


In June of 2010 James Smeaton was asked to speak about the impact web and marketing technologies are having on export centric industries. To this end James spoke for about an hour with two other panelists on all the various ways the web can help a company do more exporting business.
M.O.M (Memories of Music) | Thank You Award Certificate Design


In July of 2010 Highland Multimedia helped Terry MacEachern, coordinator of the M.O.M music festival with the design and printing of custom Thank You Award Certificates.
St. Martha’s Hospital Foundation | Large Outdoors Signage Design


In November 2009 Highland Multimedia was delighted to support St. Martha’s Regional Hospital by designing a very large sign to raise funds in conjunction with Tim Hortons.
Breanna MacInnis Benefit Concert | Poster, Concert Program Design


When Highland Multimedia was asked to design a professional poster and concert program for the Breanna MacInnis Benefit Concert we were more than happy to help. The staff at Highland Multimedia would once again like to wish Breanna MacInnis much luck in her fight against cancer and in turn recognize Ray Mattie and his band Pogey for their tireless efforts to organize such a high quality event.
Antigonish SPCA | Web Site & Print Material Design


In March of 2009 Highland Multimedia donated a website to the Antigonish SPCA in an effort to help local animals in need to find a loving home. The new website can be found online at: www.antigonishspca.ca

Local Highland School Students | Video Year Book DVD Design


A couple of entrepreneurial students from the local J.H. Gillis Regional High School asked us to donate a design for their DVD video year book and we were happy to help by producing a fun yet modern design.
PHAST Swim Team | Poster Design


In March of 2009 our company was able help the local nonprofit swim team by designing a poster that will increase the organizations exposure.
StFX Business Dept. Banquet | Guest Speaker


In March of 2009 James Smeaton was a guest speaker at a banquet arranged by the Business Society at St. Francis Xavier University. In doing so he was a panelist for Community Leadership discussion.
Canada World Youth | Work Station Support


In order to assist the Canada World Youth Highland Multimedia provided space for one of their staff to do graphic design work in.
XEDC’s E-Business Boot Camp | Guest Speaker


James Smeaton was a guest speaker at St.FX Enterprise Development Center’s (XEDC) E-Business Boot Camp in 2008.
Antigonish Early Childhood Intervention  | Gift Certificate


In April of 2008 Highland Multimedia was able to lend its help by donating a gift certificate worth $200 to the annual Ham & Bean Supper and Auction.
Read More… [ECIP Website]
Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship  St. FX | Web Site Design


Our company worked with the up and coming professionals at ACE St.F.X to provide consulting advice as well as a full web page design and web hosting in the fall of 2007 and early 2008. We additionally provided website updates in 2009.
Read More… [ ACE St.F.X Website]
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre | Website Design


Highland Multimedia helped recreate the local Women’s Centre web site on a budget that they could afford with all the features they needed to make the page a valuable part of there information sharing strategy.
Read More… [ AWRC Website]
Depression Support Group | Website & Graphic Design


Since 1999 James Smeaton, creative director of Highland Multimedia has volunteered his time with the Depression Support Group. During his time with the organization James has fully re-designed their web presence twice, and also helped with various print promotions.
Read More… [ DSP Website]
Aids Awareness Project | Web Hosting & Domain Name


Highland Multimedia has volunteered web hosting space, a discounted domain name and time to help this new organization get off the ground.
Read More… [ AAP Website]
Narcotics Anonymous – Antigonish | Poster Design


This local organization needed some help designing a poster to inform the community of ongoing meetings. We were happy to help out with a MS Word template design that could easily be updated for the future use.
Read More… [ NA Website]
Nova Scotia Community College | Guest Speaker


When requested to be a guest speaker for a junior business class at the local Port Hawkesbury campus James designed a presentation entitled “Future Trends In Internet Marketing” and delivered an informative discussion on up and coming technology.
Read More… [ NSCC Website]
The Recovery House | Web Hosting & Web Support


From website design to onsite troubleshooting, Highland Multimedia worked since 2006 to provide the Recovery House with a low cost web presence and technology support.
Read More… [ Recovery House Website]
RentAntigonish.ca Free Ad Space | Free Advertising Space


Highland Multimedia developed RentAntigonish.ca in the fall of 2006 and has offered a free text ad space to any local not-for-profit to promote themselves and their website.
Read More… [ RentAntigonish.ca Website]
Antigonish Voices | Web, Graphic Design & Consultation


While currently inactive, James Smeaton volunteered his time to consult and create a logo, and website for an online strategy to promote the group largely dedicated to preserving a grocery store in down town Antigonish.
2007 Antigonish Winter Games Bid | Graphic Design


When Antigonish was preparing an offer for the Winter Games they needed a no-cost partner to help developed a website to compliment their offer, Highland Multimedia was happy to volunteer.
May Fest 2006 | On Site Volunteer


James had a great time simply volunteering his time to work the mini-put with the annual charity drive for our hospital.

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