Scout Technologies Guides staffers in their Langley office. Company owner Matt Dryhout is standing on the right in suit jacket. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Helping at core of Langley IT company

Employees at Scout Technology Guides volunteer each week at a high school breakfast proram

Monique Tamminga

Times Reporter

A small tech company in Langley has incorporated volunteerism into their work time, and they say production and job satisfaction have never been higher.

Matt Dryhout, CEO and founder of Scout Technology Guides in north Langley, said that one of the company’s main mandates is service — to clients, to each other and to the community.

“Serving is one of our core values. We wanted to put serving into action,” said Dryhout.

For the past few months, the Scout team has been helping with a breakfast program at Maple Ridge Secondary on Tuesday mornings.

Dryhout is involved in Youth Unlimited, and it was through that non-profit that he found out the high school hot breakfast program was in need of volunteers.

Tabatha Trott, who works at Scout in sales and support, said the experience has been great for camaraderie at work and for making her feel like she is contributing to the community.

“It’s been a lot of fun. It gets you out of the bubble for a while and refreshes you to go back to work. The kids who use the breakfast program are great, very respectful, good kids.”

She said there are about 150 students who come for breakfast when they are there. The program is open to all students, so no student stands out.

“Parents commute far distances to work and don’t have time to make sure their kids have breakfast. Some students bus in early to have breakfast. It’s so important they start their day not hungry,” said Trott.

Helping out with the breakfast program isn’t the company’s first venture into volunteering.

For the past couple years, Scout’s 12 or so employees volunteered at the Gateway of Hope.

Dryhout has taken part in the sleep-out for Covenant House in 2015, raising $13,000. Last year, Dryhout partnered with Youth Unlimited and spent the night walking the streets instead of trying to sleep.

“It was a better representation of what young people have to go through at night. It was eye-opening,” he said.

Scout Tech manages small companies’ IT needs, including syncing up phone systems. With a head office in north Langley, they serve companies of 15 to 150 employees across Metro Vancouver.

Scout’s guides sweat all the tech stuff so companies can focus on what they do best, said Dryhout.

As well as setting up a businesses’ network system, Scouts’ guides provide ongoing IT support. They also set up phone systems, work out bugs in programs and keep things running smoothly.

To learn more go to scouttg.com.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blanked by Portland Winterhawks

Saturday’s 2-0 setback marks first regulation loss for G-Men in 10 games

Langley Clothes by the Pound closes

Thrift store that tried to introduce a new approach to bargain hunting may have gone out of business

Proposal to ban pot dispensaries in White Rock would affect Langley businessman

Randy Caine and partners hope to open dispensaries once laws are changed

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

WIND WARNING: Metro Vancouver expecting 100 km/h gusts Saturday night

Environment Canada issues warns of possibly dangerous conditions

Mom delivers plastic mats to Langley’s homeless

Jenifer Kosman fashions sleeping mats from plastic grocery bags

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Most Read