Strong families, safe communities
We understand that the health of our business is tied to the health of our communities, and a healthy community starts with strong families and a focus on safety. That’s why we’re committed to increasing access to key social and emergency services and advancing continuous safety improvement. We also believe that strong communities are built on history and traditions. We support initiatives aimed at celebrating and sustaining culture, heritage and community traditions across all of our operating areas.
Increasing access to social and emergency services
CUPS is a non-profit organization that aims to help people overcome the challenges of poverty and attain brighter futures. They work specifically with adults and families in Calgary who are coping with poverty and traumatic events. CUPS and their partner organizations provide support through integrated healthcare, education and housing.
When our company was formed in late 2009, we provided $1.5 million to CUPS to move into a larger space to help them serve their clients better. We have had a strong partnership ever since and our staff regularly volunteering with the organization. We currently support the Nurturing Parenting Program – emphasizing the importance of raising children in a warm, trusting and caring household. Last year, CUPS worked with over 10,000 struggling Calgarians across all of their various programs.
To learn more, visit Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) website.
To help increase access to local health care in our operating communities, Cenovus has been investing in the Bonnyville Health Foundation and Hearts for Healthcare in Cold Lake since 2009, and the Lac La Biche Regional Health Foundation since 2013 when it was first established. Our investments have supported the improvement of medical equipment and services in the Lakeland region, a vital component of a strong and healthy community.
Cenovus has been a long-time partner with Ronald McDonald House. In 2010, we contributed $1 million to the houses in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer, to help increase their capacity to serve their clients better. Part of this support went to Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a state-of-the-art mobile clinic that provides essential healthcare services and wellness programming to those living in east Calgary.
We have recently supported the Lakeland and Peace Country Fuel Programs. For many of Alberta’s northern communities, travel is an obstacle for families with seriously ill or injured children. Our support helps provide fuel cards to families from the Cold Lake and Grande Prairie regions who need to travel to the Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton to attend further medical appointments.
To learn more, visit Ronald McDonald House of Northern and Southern Alberta website.
In 2013, Cenovus contributed $1 million over five years to STARS, whose mission is to provide a safe, rapid and highly-specialized medical transport system for the critically ill and injured. Our support provides operational funding for STARS in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Over the past year, STARS served 3,423 individuals with life-saving medical attention.
To learn more, visit STARS website.
Sustaining community traditions
We support the Cenovus Family Day at the Calgary Stampede, which serves 25,000 people breakfast and provides free entrance for all families between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. This event acknowledges the importance of the Calgary Stampede to Calgary and creates an impactful volunteer opportunity for 125 Cenovus staff and their families.
The Calgary Stampede preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit year round. Cenovus is a long-time supporter of the Calgary Stampede. Since 2011, we’ve sponsored the Cenovus medical services vehicle, which is used to respond to emergencies at approximately 135 events. We also sponsor safety training and orientation for all Stampede employees.
In 2015, we contributed to the creation of the Cenovus Legacy Trail, which showcases Calgary’s history along the Elbow River pathway to Stampede Park.
To learn more, visit The Calgary Stampede website.
As a proud Canadian energy company, we celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday by investing over $200,000 in 22 libraries and 19 Aboriginal communities across our operating areas. Our investments in local libraries align with our commitment to literacy, while our investments in Aboriginal communities acknowledge the diversity of our country, and help strengthen and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
To learn more, visit Canada 150 Initiative website.