Suncor Energy helps strengthen communities through United Way
Calgary, Alberta (Dec. 2, 2010) — Suncor Energy and its employees, contractors and retirees in both Canada and the U.S. gave back to their local communities through financial and personal support to United Way organizations.
Collectively, contributions from employees, retirees and contractors totalled more than $4 million, including money raised through company-endorsed United Way events. With additional funds provided by the Suncor Energy Foundation and Suncor Energy U.S.A., Suncor's total investment in 2010 was more than $5.9 million. Financial contributions will support many social service agencies including youth services, crisis intervention and services for economically challenged families.
"Community impact is about making fundamental changes to the conditions of communities and achieving meaningful, long-term improvements to the quality of life of its people,” said Bart Demosky, chief financial officer and Suncor’s 2010 United Way executive champion. “This kind of investment in the communities where we live and work is something Suncor believes in and is proud of; and it showed again this year.”
This year, countless Suncor employees, retirees and contractors committed many hours to champion employee-led campaigns and partake in volunteer initiatives throughout Canada. Through their volunteer efforts, they provided much needed manpower to community organizations that rely on volunteer support, while becoming more educated on community issues and challenges.
"Community investment has always been important to Suncor but the amount we invest is just one measure of success. Suncor’s volunteer efforts are also a big part of what we do and our people lead the way when it comes to connecting and strengthening communities,” said Demosky.
- Suncor employees at oil sands and in situ facilities in Fort McMurray raised over to $2.1 million, including a $400,000 contribution from the Suncor Energy Foundation, which will go to over 20 agencies and 50 programs supported by the United Way.
- Over 170 Suncor employees from Mississauga, Oakville and Sarnia climbed the 1776 steps and 144 floors of the CN Tower in support of the United Way this year. With help from the Suncor Energy Foundation and employees in Flamborough, the total contribution in Ontario amounted to more than $1.3 million.
- More than 150 people and 24 teams participated in Calgary’s United Way Street Hockey Challenge. An online auction, fun walk and run, and poker tournament rounded out campaign events in Calgary this year. The total contribution in Calgary was approximately $1.25 million.
- In Edmonton, eight employees helped the In Kind Centre assemble tool kits in support of the Tools for School program. Edmonton’s total donations neared $253,000.
- Including a $150,000 contribution from the Suncor Energy Foundation, employees at the Suncor refinery in Montreal contributed nearly $235,000, which will support the activities of Centraide of Greater Montreal.
- In St John’s, employees organized a bike ride across Bell Island, which raised more than $4,000 in support of Suncor’s East Coast United Way Campaign this year. Together with the Suncor Energy Foundation, the east coast campaign contributed nearly $82,000 to United Way.
- Suncor U.S.A conducted a very successful 2010 United Way campaign which raised nearly $13,000 through participation events alone. Over 290 employees and contractors donated to the campaign for a total contribution of approximately $320,000.
The Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to receive Suncor’s contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations. Its funding priorities are educational, environmental and community-based initiatives that primarily support Suncor’s operating communities. Since its inception in 1998, the Foundation has contributed more than $57 million to Canadian communities.
Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada’s premier integrated energy company. Suncor’s operations include oil sands development and upgrading, conventional and offshore oil and gas production, petroleum refining, and product marketing under the Petro-Canada brand. While working to responsibly develop petroleum resources, Suncor is also developing a growing renewable energy portfolio. Suncor’s common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.
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