When it comes to community giving, Ed Sharpe is heating things up - literally. The senior process automation engineer who works in Suncor’s St John’s office tracked 300 volunteer hours in 2017 through the Suncor community engagement program SunCares. Ed has spent two decades committed to volunteer firefighting, earning him Deputy Chief status with the Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to his day-to-day volunteer firefighting tasks, Ed has the unusual title of commercial firework supervisor, allowing him to create pyromusicals. He also volunteers annually to help with the animated Christmas light display, Canada Day firework show and the community recreation department’s ongoing events.
“I feel that community spirit is vital to the health of a community,” says Ed. “Working with the fire department to keep the town safe and educate residents on fire safety is very rewarding. Also participating in special events and creating experiences that kids will remember as they grow will hopefully encourage them to become involved in the community.”
Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation support employee and retiree community engagement in a number of ways, including providing reward dollars for volunteering. Ed donates his SunCares reward dollars to the causes he cares about. He says taking advantage of SunCares rewards has had a positive impact on his community, specifically the department.
“It’s fairly easy to submit your volunteer hours. Each year I can donate my rewards, which helps to purchase things like equipment, especially for the firework shows. These provide a nice boost for the community, as specialized equipment is a hard item to budget for.”
Ed added the new equipment has made the event safer for organizers. Previously, fireworks had to be deployed manually. The upgrade enables the fireworks to be deployed from a remote, safe distance. The commercial fireworks can also be paired with automated equipment making synchronized pyromusicals an impressive show unlike any other in the surrounding areas.
2018 rewards now available
Suncor employees and retirees can now track their 2018 volunteer hours in SunCares to earn Volunteer Rewards. And, if they serve on an eligible community organization Board of Directors, or equivalent governing body, SunCares provides $1,000 per year, per employee or retiree, to the organization as a Leadership Reward. Here are a few noteworthy points:
- 2018 rewards are now available. Find out how to earn Volunteer Rewards.
- Nov. 17 is the last day to submit reward requests for 2018.
- 2018 reward dollars expire Dec. 1, and will not carry forward into the next year. See this reference guide on how to donate your rewards before they expire.