Community is at our core. While we operate on a national scale, we strive to provide support to the local areas where we live and work.
We were recently challenged by Marty Proctor, President and CEO of Seven Generations Energy, to participate in the #3Things4Neighbours challenge and we are pleased to accept. The #3Things4Neighbours challenge asks local businesses to share three acts of kindness that support our communities. The challenge started as a way to offer hope and good news during the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta and many organizations have joined in, including the City of Calgary, ENMAX, Keyera, Seven Generations and others.
Watch our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzTm3l2vzf0 or read on to learn more.
Our first act of kindness is the work we have done providing solutions in the affordable housing sector. Over the last three and a half years, we have played a key role in addressing the critical need for safe, affordable homes in Canada. 37 projects in British Columbia now house more than 1,600 individuals, giving them a fresh start at life. Our team in Ontario has now started work on two buildings in the City of Toronto which will provide housing for 100 previously homeless individuals, the first phase of a pilot project in Canada’s largest city. There is no doubt – housing makes a difference.
Our second act of kindness is the tremendous support our teams have provided during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our clients moving and operating safely. Across our operations, including workforce accommodations, modular manufacturing facilities and the customer accounts that we operate and manage as part of our facilities management business, we have best-in-class pandemic response plans in place. Our teams are supporting clients who are providing essential services in often remote corners of our country, like contractors working on the LNG Canada project in Kitimat, British Columbia. In addition to keeping our clients running smoothly, it is critical that we protect the communities where we work by reducing the risk of infection. It is a testament to our employees’ dedication that our clients, guests and governments alike have gone out of their way to praise our work.
Our third act of kindness is the work we do with Indigenous communities in Alberta and areas beyond. Wherever we operate, we strive to ensure that we are providing economic and employment benefits that will help the local communities prosper. The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly challenging for remote communities that lack the healthcare infrastructure and other supports common to urban areas. In recent months, our team worked with Louis Bull Tribe located 90 km south of Edmonton to install two dorms that will allow any individuals affected by COVID-19 to appropriately self-isolate and reduce the risk of spread within the community.
Wherever we are doing good work, it is our employees who are at the core of our support. Whether volunteering on their own time for important causes or helping us direct our efforts through our Community Investment Committee, our people live our values every day.
The final aspect of #3Things4Neighbours is to pay it forward and challenge other businesses to share their stories. We would like to call on Trevor Haynes, Chairman and CEO of Black Diamond Group; Andy Trewick, President and CEO of Graham Construction; Mick Dilger, President and CEO of Pembina; and Phil Germuth, Mayor of the District of Kitimat to share your organizations’ acts of kindness.
We are all helpers; together, we are capable of great things which make our communities better places to live and work. Let’s all be there for those who need us. No matter what.