Archive for December, 2010

A Holiday Letter from our President

To Our Valued Customers, We want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part of successful year at Oasis Bags. The last twelve months have been a busy and exciting time for us. Here are a few highlights of our year: In January, we officially opened our USA office in San Francisco, California. We felt that a physical presence and support was need for our US clients. Although primarily a sales and logistics support office, there are plans to expand our US operations in the near future. In mid May, our cofounder Robin was nominated for the sustainability award for the RBC Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2010. After undergoing the initial application process, Robin was not confident knowing that there over 2,000 other applicants going in as well. In September, she received news that she was picked as one of the three finalists for the sustainability award category. The award ceremony was on November 29th in Toronto, Canada and Robin won! She received a beautiful trophy and a plaque signed by Stephen Harper to commemorate the moment. We are so proud of Robin for her big win. In late spring, our staff fund-raised together for The Relay for Life with proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. We had 15 walkers that raised a total of $7827 to help fight cancer. On June 4th, our staff along with their family and friends went to Maxville, Ontario to participate in the overnight walking relay. It was a wonderful and fulfilling night filled with friendship and remembrance. Although we all walked for different people affected by cancer in our personal lives, we all commonly walked for former Oasis Bags employee Debbie Hrynkiw. Debbie worked with us for over five years and recently left as she was battling colon cancer. She sadly passed away on July 21st this year. We all miss her very much. Throughout 2010 we continued to innovate and research for new products, frequently visit our offshore factories and work to ensure environmentally friendly products were being delivered to our clients. In November, news articles were released after lead was detected in some reusable bags. Our products are tested every couple of months to ensure safety and sustainability. None of our bags have been recalled and we have sent out SGS reports and documentation to our clients. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We appreciate your business and look forward to a prosperous 2011. Warmest wishes for the holiday season, Laurie Maloni President, Oasis Bags PDF Version

Our Co-Founder Robin Maloni Wins the Sustainability Award at RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year

We are so proud to announce that Robin is the recipient of the Sustainability Award at the 18th annual RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Awards. A gala event was held in Toronto on November 29th to announce the winners. In addition to receiving a beautiful trophy to mark the moment, Robin received a signed plaque from Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Oasis Bags was co-founded by Robin in 1989 as a very small business with its main product being cotton bags. At that time, nobody believed in reusable bags. The first orders had to be left on consignment to small businesses. With a lot of work and perseverance, the company grew, moving from smaller to larger warehouses, hiring sales people, and eventually moving to its current head office in Vaudreuil, Quebec. They now sell and ship worldwide, and in 2010 Oasis Bags USA was opened to better service their U.S. clients. Oasis Bags has excelled in what they do, being the first and only company in North America to be Ecologo certified on all their cotton and polypropylene bags. They constantly search for the best quality certified green products, at the best price, to meet their clients’ specific needs, and then proudly stand behind every bag. “We are inspired by this year’s award recipients for their passion and dedication, contribution to the economy during a strenuous 2009, and for their commitment to having a positive impact on aspiring young female entrepreneurs. These women are leading the way for future generations,” said Carolyn Lawrence, president & CEO of Women of Influence Inc. Congratulations Robin on your big win for us. Thank you to RBC and Women of Influence Inc. for honouring Canada’s leading female entrepreneurs and giving them the recognition they deserve.
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