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2018 was great for A.K.A. New Media! Our team grew with amazing additions to our talented team, we helped our clients grow and further their causes, and we invested time and effort into our culture and to making a positive impact on our community and world.  We had the honour to refresh communications for existing clients, created new impactful online brands for new clients and had fun doing it!

Here’s a look at some of the stuff we got up to in 2018:

 A.K.A. has had the honour of working with the Oakville Hospital Foundation for over ten years. In January, the newly launched Oakville Hospital Foundation website was named a Website of the Month by Kentico. A.K.A. also had the privilege to work with its longest standing client (close to 20 years), The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, in developing their latest Online Annual Report. Early in the year, AKA raisin rolled out the new and improved Peer-to-Peer and Ticketing modules, enabling hundreds of clients to build custom P2P Fundraising Campaigns and Special Events.

A.K.A. designed and developed a user-centric new online brand presence for both the Baycrest Centre and the Baycrest Foundation in celebration of their centennial year. In February, both sites were named a Site of the Month by Kentico.

In April, the AKA raisin team visited New Orleans for the 55th Annual AFP International Fundraising Conference and networked with clients and other not-for-profit organizations from across North America.  Later that month, the new logo, brand presence and website for Hope Air was launched and it was named a Website of the Month by Kentico.  Hope Air is the only national charity providing free flights to low-income Canadians who must travel to specialist medical care that doesn’t exist in their communities.

In June, we helped Community Food Centres Canada launch a new online presence to better support their vision of a Canada where food is treated as a basic right and central to health. The website was named a Site of the Month by Kentico. Some fun, engaging, successful social media campaigns soon followed. 

In July, we launched the dynamic new website for Jack.org, which has gotten rave reviews and is a strong contender for Kentico’s 2018 Site of the Year! A.K.A. is so honoured to be working with Jack.org as Canada’s only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health.

In October, some of the AKA raisin team made the trip to Philadelphia to attend the DonorPerfect Community Network Conference to connect with partners, clients and prospective clients. In addition to continually welcoming and onboarding new clients, the raisin was busy rolling out a slew of incredible new features, functionality and integrations with many more coming in 2019. Stay up to date with all things raisin on their website.  

In November, some of our AKA Broker team exhibited at the AppliedNet Conference in Nashville, Tennessee where we mingled with the North American insurance community and gave a presentation about effective digital strategies. Later that month, some of our strategy and design team headed to Bethesda, Maryland, to meet our awesome new clients at Round House Theatre (currently in development).

December was busy! We celebrated our Holiday Staff Party by sharing an amazing seven course Italian dinner together while raising funds for charity. We launched the new website for Headwaters Health Care Foundation, which will help inspire, build and nurture relationships with donors – we’ve also started to work with Headwaters Health Care Centre to create for them a new user-centric website, building upon the recent work on the foundation website.  Last but certainly not least, we launched the amazing new website for USDM Life Sciences, a global compliance and technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.

This is only a taste of all the fantastic work we did in 2018. A.K.A. is incredibly privileged to have a slew of exciting projects underway for long-time and new clients, so stay tuned for what we have on the horizon in 2019! As always, we're ready for new challenges and can’t wait to see what the new year brings.

Greetings from everyone at A.K.A. New Media, we wish you an amazing and successful 2019!

Posted by Global Administrator on 1/8/2019 1:06:37 PM
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A.K.A has launched a new website for Headwaters Health Care Foundation!

Together, A.K.A and Headwaters created a website that would inspire, build and nurture relationships with donors, in order to assist them in their goal of enabling Headwaters Health Care Centre to provide sustainable, high quality, patient-centred health care to the community. A.K.A. is also looking forward to launching the new website for the Headwaters Health Care Centre which will further extend the Headwaters brand.

Check out the new website here!

Posted by Global Administrator on 12/12/2018 4:51:44 PM
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Jack.org is Canada’s only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health.
Through Jack TalksJack Chapters, and Jack Summits, young leaders identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack.org is working towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack.org needed a new website that would support their mission of creating a Canada without shame, where all those who need support get the help they deserve. The challenge was creating a website that would inspire Canada’s youth to join the movement while connecting those seeking help with the proper resources.  
The A.K.A. team helped Jack.org reposition and ignite their evolving brand through designing and developing Jack.org a website that would support their communication strategy through a visually driven and engaging design strategy, supported by real and authentic storytelling.  Of paramount importance was adopting a best-in-class content management system that empowers Jack.org to effectively manage their online presence internally while ensuring it supports efficient website maintenance and allows for scalability where needed.  
Check out the new Jack.org website and make a donation that will support 2,500 young leaders working across Canada to dismantle barriers to positive mental health. Jack.org has many giving options and they work to make it as simple and rewarding as possible. Give today and help fuel the movement. 


Posted by Global Administrator on 7/25/2018 11:05:29 AM
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We recently launched a new website for our client Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC). CFCC helps build health, belonging and social justice in low-income communities across Canada through the power of food.

CFCC needed a new website would help achieve their vision of Canada where food is treated as a basic right and central to health, and where everyone has the means, knowledge and voice necessary to access good food with dignity. As CFCC believes that collaboration leads to bigger impact, a primary goal was to transform the CFCC website into an active online communication vehicle that would work as a central knowledge exchange hub for the broader food security sector, all while empowering CFCC staff to manage their online presence efficiently and effectively through best-in-class tools.

The new website has been a success and Kentico has named it one of June’s Top 10 Websites of the Month!

It has been a pleasure working with the amazing CFCC team and A.K.A. looks forward to maintaining a long term relationship with the innovative organization. CFCC's Director of Communication, Christina Palassio shared this about working with A.K.A.:

"Working with A.K.A. has been terrific. The team brought their thoughtfulness and expertise to our project, listened to our needs and challenges, and worked with us to figure out how to meet them. Trying to satisfy the needs of multiple stakeholders can be a daunting task and having the team at A.K.A. on our side was a huge help. We knew that whatever came up, they'd help us figure it out. We've never looked as good on the web as we do today.”

Check out the CFCC website here and make a donation that will have a real impact on the lives of low-income Canadians.

Posted by Global Administrator on 6/21/2018 10:34:17 AM
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Want to win a trip to see Broken Social Scene live in a new barn in Creemore?

This June, 1,000 people will gather for a magical night under the stars at The New Farm in Creemore to eat great food, hear Broken Social Scene blow the doors off the barn, and raise money for programs in low-income neighbourhoods that increase access to healthy food.  

Win tickets to see this sold-out event here!

For the past nine years, the concert at The New Farm has been bringing bands, chefs, and food-lovers together in support of low-income communities. The event has raised more than $750,000 to support Community Food Centres to buy high-quality produce from small-scale local, organic farms. This year, the event will support programs in five low-income communities in Ontario, and Community Food Centre Canada's national programs.

A.K.A recently launched the newly designed and devleoped CFCC website. Check it out and Donate here!

Posted by Global Administrator on 5/29/2018 11:30:16 AM
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