Proud to be Canadian
Literacy events and Aboriginal celebrations taking place near our operating areas to celebrate Canada 150.
July 2017 - This year, Canada marks a significant milestone of 150 years as a country.
As a proud Canadian company, we’re commemorating Canada’s 150 throughout the year by giving back to the communities where we work and live in a meaningful and impactful way. We’re providing more than $200,000 to local libraries and Aboriginal communities across our operating areas in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Libraries are an important community hub, especially in smaller communities, because they house a variety of essential programs and services on a range of topics like reading and early literacy, computer competency and skills for newcomers and those seeking employment.
“We’re so thankful for the donation Cenovus made to our library,” says Maureen Penn, Director, Library Services, Lac La Biche Country Library Board. “This donation enabled us to update our library systems and even purchase a virtual reality system, which will foster creativity and stimulate the imagination of our residents.”
These strategic donations to more than 20 separate libraries honour our country’s past and future by reaffirming our continued commitment to learning and literacy and building the strength and well-being of our communities.
Celebrating Aboriginal culture
In addition to our literacy donations, we’re acknowledging the special role that Aboriginal culture plays in Canada by providing our Aboriginal communities with funds to celebrate in ways that are meaningful to them this year.
For example, the McMurray Métis Local 1935 held their annual Métis Festival recently and we provided funds to support the event.
“It is so encouraging to know that a company such as Cenovus gives back to our Indigenous communities and helps us celebrate such meaningful traditions,” says Gail Gallupe, President of McMurray Métis Local 1935.
Thanks to a Cenovus donation, they were able to host a fish fry and provide fish and bannock for more than 1,800 kids. In total, 19 Aboriginal communities will benefit from these donations.