It is extremely important to take the time on your “off hours” and enjoy the little things in life. No person can work 24/7 forever and it is highly recommended that you take much needed time to recharge when you are not at work. Below is a list of a few beautiful locations to assist with recharging and “enjoying the little things”. Please do not let yourself get burnt out. Take the time to go for a walk and do some outdoor activities whenever possible. You need to recharge to be the best version of yourself.

High Park Trail

Toronto – 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3

Beautiful scenery with a Zoo inside, several lovely parks, and a multitude of different things to explore.

Island Lake

Orangeville – 673067 Hurontario St, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y9
Hike over multiple bridges and islands on the lake.

White Spruce Park

Brampton – 10302 Heart Lake Rd, Brampton, ON L6Z 0B4

A beautiful location, south of the Heart Lake Conservation Area.
White spruce is home to a Dog Park, Hiking Trails, Volleyball nets, and a Disc Golf Course.

It is extremely important to take the time on your “off hours” and enjoy the little things in life.

By Asad Abbas, RES/CIC Operations Manager

COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways. At this point in the pandemic, people are tired of being cooped up due to restrictions on indoor gatherings. People are experiencing a type of burnout that experts are calling COVID-19 fatigue.

It is important to recognize this COVID-19 fatigue and understand what we can do for our employees to help. The CIC/RES Division organized the “Mango Party” for its office staff on Friday 4th June 2021. The objective of the party was to add fun in the routine life and enjoy the delicious taste of Pakistani Mangoes. Jasmine Khimany, our Human Resources Manager, was instrumental in the organization of this event. We requested that everyone in the office wear yellow, green, or orange on this day.

To make this activity fun, participants were required to participate in different games. The first game played was “Mango Trivia” through Kahoot. Alyssa Rizzo was exceptional in this game and was declared the winner. The second game played was Mango Presentation. In this game we learned there are several ways to cut a mango. At the end of our game Shakerah Bennett was the winner!

“At this point in the pandemic, people are tired of being cooped up due to restrictions”

The third game was “Fast Mango Eating Competition”. In this game each participant had a mango in front of them and had to peel the mango and eat it as quickly as possible. Amy came out as our winner, but it was a close call between her and Cliff Sampogna.

The last event of the Mango Party was the “Lucky Draws’ where participants had a chance to win a $25 gift card. Mike Moledzki was the lucky draw and opted to give his gift to the newest member of the team Tasiyah.

The RES/CIC division also created a “Social Committee”. This committee will ensure that events like the Mango Party will continue to ensure better moral and employee engagement.

By Jasmine Khimany, Human Resources Manager

It is our pleasure to introduce and welcome the following new members in our team. Please join us in providing a warm ASP welcome to all the new members. We are proud to have you all as part of our team.

Tasiyah McDoom

Tasiyah McDoom has joined the HR Team as a Recruiter in our North York office. She is responsible for the full recruitment cycle of our TTC screening contract at our Residential/Commercial Division.

In her previous role, she has worked at Student Association of George Brown College as an Elections Assistant Manager where she was responsible for screening qualified candidates and preparing schedules in different campuses. Tasiyah possesses a Diploma in Business -Human Resources from George Brown College and is currently working on getting her Payroll Compliance Practitioner Certificate. Tasiyah’s calm, positive and friendly personality makes her a great fit for the ASP Team.

By Vasilis Androutsos, Manager - Operations

Thank you very much! These to me are words of appreciation and gratitude that I can say to any guard who performs their duties between the hours of 10:00p.m. – 7:00a.m. Globally, the majority of people have the standard workday from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. In the Security industry, a “standard” shift differs significantly. This is because clients and stakeholders understand the importance of what could happen during off-peak hours. Our RES/CIC division has a balanced scope of work that requires our guards to provide coverage and service our clients needs, 24 hours a day. For any guard who is looking to commit to working the night shift, it can be a mentally and physically stressful change that will alter your current routine.

Below are some tips to help alleviate the stress of working a night shift

  • Plan your work schedule ahead of time.
  • Plan your sleep schedule as best as possible and adjust your sleeping environment.
  • Plan your meals, accordingly, consume well balanced meals and ensure you regularly hydrate with water and limit your caffeine intake.
  • Seek assistance by regularly conversing with colleagues, family, friends, medical professionals or through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) if you feel any sleep deprivation, depression, loneliness, or other symptoms that require support.

Employee Spotlight:

Richard Fearon

I recently had the pleasure of speaking in-depth with Richard Fearon, who is one of the RES/CIC Mobile Patrol Supervisors that primarily performs his duties in the evenings. Richard is a very hard working and dedicated individual. He has 20+ years of experience in the Security Industry and has been a valuable and contributing team member wherever he has applied his trade. He has a unique skillset that lends itself to being a great coach/ mentor for many or our front-line security personnel. I
look forward to everyone meeting Richard on a different level and hope all of you will get a different appreciation for the guards who are tasked with working evenings.

What are your duties and responsibilities as the evening Mobile Patrol Supervisor?

My responsibilities during my shift include:

  • Administering on-the-job training
  • Inspection of front-line guards for uniform compliance, job performance and knowledge of Health and Safety protocols
  • Resolve any conflicts between front-line guards and general public that may arise
  • Conduct investigations
  • Ensure employees have the necessary equipment to do their jobs.

What do you like most about your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is the human interaction I get to experience. Meeting people and having the ability to help or change their lives in any way is rewarding. I also enjoy that I am able to make decisions within the scope of my duties.

You have been working on the night shift for almost 20 years. What is the best thing about working this shift? What is your least favourite thing?

I enjoy working nights due to my ability to work independently with little to no supervision required. In my experience working nights has allowed me to grow in terms of making decisions that give the best results.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is having the ability to truly satisfy clients, or the general public. It means a lot to me knowing I have made a difference in someone else’s day.

In your opinion, how has the Security Industry changed over the course of your 20+ years in the industry?

The biggest changes I have seen is the attitude of the front-line workers and how they perceive their job. I have also noticed the vast expansion of the industry itself.

What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

A fun fact about me many people may not know is that I tend to be the life of the party. I don’t need to receive praise for my work as I genuinely enjoy helping people.

What do you like most about working for ASP?

I like being able to obtain large contracts and being recognized as an industry leader. ASP makes an effort to hire and promote from within which is also something I like.

Any words of wisdom for your fellow colleagues?

ASP is bigger than just one person. It takes a team with different skills to build what ASP has accomplished. Work together and have the tough conversations because it is the only way to grow and become a great team.

By Bryan Joly, Training Manager

Ryan joined RES/CIC Training in November 2020. He was previously working with guards at various LCBO retail stores teaching Use of Force and Managing of Resistive Behaviour. We are very excited to have Ryan on board as he is already making a huge impact in the betterment of our newly hired guards. We sat down with Ryan and asked him a few questions about his work history, passions, and heroes.

“I love the fact that I empower people to believe than can be successful in something they have never done before.”

  1. How long have you been involved in Security and what was your first job?

    A: I have worked in the security industry for over 20 years.
    My first Security job was a patrol guard at Centennial
    College Progress Campus. It was a great experience as
    it gave me the opportunity to see if this was the right
    industry for me. I still think about that job fondly.
  2. What is your favourite part about training?

    A: I love getting up up in front of a group of people and teaching. I also love the fact that I empower people to believe they can be successful in something they have never done before. Most people have never taken a course in understanding different levels of a crisis. It’s great to watch a person grow confident enough to handle those situations should they arise.
  3. What advice would you have for anyone considering a career in the Security Industry?

    Be prepared to work hard, enjoy the grind, and experience the growth process. You can have a great career in the Security Industry if you are willing to put in the work.

“Be prepared to work hard and enjoy the grind and the growth process.”

By Cliff Sampogna, Director Operations RES/CIC

As you all know, the Residential and Commercial division has been growing immensely over the last few years. With business growth comes infrastructure change as well. These changes have inspired our team to take the next step.

I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome Karim Khamisa as the new Business Development Operations Manager for the Residential Commercial division. Karim has over 10 years of sales and operational management experience specializing in large customer focused industries with emphasis on efficiency, quality, cost, service, and employee relations.

He completed his Master of Business Administration. Karim will be responsible for the oversight and management of the new vertical markets that ASP will be pursuing.

I am looking forward to seeing the work Karim will do for our organization and how he will help us get to the next level of our business. I am proud and honored to have Karim as part of our team and I look forward to watching him grow in this role.

Please join me in providing a warm welcome to Karimupon his arrival.

“Karim has over 10 years of sales and operational management experience”

By Bryan Joly, Training Manager

The RES CIC Training Department hosted their Use of Force training for the Recruitment Team. Training Coordinators Mike Moledzki and Ryan Durkin put the Recruitnent Team through their entire Use of Force Training Program. The training focused on
the Criminal Code and how to manage resistive behaviour. There was also a physical portion of the training which included takedowns, handcuffing, and baton training.

The purpose of this was to give Recruitment a full understanding of the training process for our Respite, and Union Station Guards. Sonika Ramachandran, of the Recruitment team, enjoyed every minute of the training. “The training was extremely comprehensive and gave me a much deeper understanding of exactly what our guards have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. I have a great appreciation for our guards and the security industry as a whole”.

RES/CIC will be hosting another session in the coming weeks for our Human Resources team.

“The purpose of this was to give recruitment a full understanding of the tranining process for our respite, and Union Station Guards.”

By Cliff Sampogna, Director Operations RES/CIC

I have had the pleasure of working within the security field for about 23 years. Over that time, I have worked with a lot of very good and dedicated people that not only care about what they do but about the organization they work for.

One of the people I have seen grow and become a true leader is Kevin Ravindran. Kevin has been with ASP since January 2016 and he started with us as a guard at one of our unique sites. He has worked his way up to a Supervisor position and has grown to become one of our Mobile Supervisors.

I have personally watched Kevin grow over the last 5 years and have enjoyed watching his maturity, leadership and drive to succeed blossom into what it is today.

Kevin is an integral part of the success we see at his site and he is a large part of the reason why ASP Security is successful. Our client has a large amount of confidence and respect for Kevin and relies on him for the day-today operation of the site within the security team.

I wanted to personally thank Kevin for his dedication to making sure he not only performs at the standard we expect but exceeds it every day.

I am very honored and humbled that I get to work with so many people like Kevin within our team and I cannot thank you all enough for what you do and how you dedicate yourselves to the organization.

“I have personally watched Kevin grow over the last 5 years”

By Bryan Joly

The Training Department is happy to announce 200 guards have been successfully trained in Managing of Resistant Behavior. Managing of Resistant Behavior covers nonviolent de-escalation techniques in a safe and productive way. The goal is to have all guards well versed in de-escalating stressful situations through talking. Guards learn about what it feels like to be in a crisis, the different stages of a crisis, and how to handle each stage. Guards also learn difference between a threat and venting. This training consists of lectures, role playing activities, case studies, observing recorded videos, and classroom discussions. RES CIC is very proud to have this as an integral part of its Use of Force training and part of our division’s culture.

“200 guards have been successfully trained in Managing of Resistant Behaviour.”

By Rachel Raposo, Service Delivery Manager

Andrew joined the team in September 2020. He brings 16 years of security background to ASP. During his time with ASP, he always goes above and beyond. Whether it’s supporting the operation or providing office support, Andrew is eager to support his team in any way he can. Andrew consistently shows his dedication and work ethic. Recently Andrew took on a more administrative support role, and that is when we got to see him as a swiss army knife. He adapted, learned, and gained new skills. Andrew is a staple to the ASP team, and we are happy to have him on our team.

Get to Know Andrew

  1. What is the best career lesson you’ve learned so far? Everyday you will learn something new. And be accountable.
  2. If you were a wrestler what would be your entrance theme song? Bad Boyz theme song
  3. What is a fun fact about you many people may not know? I am terrified of heights