Community investment: our focus areas
We think it’s important to give back to communities. Especially in locations that are closest to our operations and impacted by our work. Through our community investment program we've identified three areas where we focus our efforts. These areas guide our decisions about what projects we choose to take part in and support.
Investing in education helps ensure a vibrant, dynamic future for our communities. We invest in learning by supporting high-impact programs that improve students' likelihood of staying in school, increase graduation rates in our communities and provide life skills that create better futures.
Northland School Division
Northland School Division (NSD) serves approximately 2,900 students, and is recognized as being culturally and geographically unique. The students are primarily First Nation and Metis and roughly half of NSD schools are located in our operating communities in northern Alberta. We work with the NSD to address student engagement and graduation rates. To date, we’ve contributed more than one million dollars towards the NSD’s Early Literacy Initiative, Career and Technology Programs and the Attendance Improvement Initiative – Every Day Counts. The Division is seeing positive trends in both literacy levels as well as daily attendance, which are both significant factors in high school completion rates.
Strong communities start with healthy communities. We support programs that advance continuous safety improvement and wellness. Emphasis is put on results-oriented programs promoting healthy activities and empowering people – through education and prevention – to live healthier lives.
Community food bank initiatives
In 2016, Alberta food banks had an 80 percent increase in usage over the prior year. In response to the increased demand, we made donations to 19 organizations such as food banks, breakfast, lunch and nutrition programs and community kitchens across our operating communities. In total, we committed $240,000 in addition to donating more than 68,000 pounds of food company-wide through our annual giving campaign.
The future relies on healthy and resilient communities that respect the environment and preserve local traditions. By partnering with organizations that foster environmental conservation and economic development, we contribute to the strength and sustainability that will fuel healthy growth in our communities for years to come.
Kapaskwatinahk Support - Bigstone Cultural Centre
Our support for Kapaskwatinahk helps the cultural centre provide Cree language and cultural classes to local youth, including students at Oski Pasikoniwew Kamik school with Bigstone Cree Nation. The school runs a yearly culture camp and invites all youth in the community of Wabasca to attend. Our contribution helps maintain the facility so it can continue as an important cultural resource.