Best Workplaces 2012: Best Workplace for Volunteerism and Community Involvement
MAGGIE GRANT MIGHT be the most popular person living in Fort McMurray right now. Just last year, in her role as Syncrude Canada’s community investment advisor, she helped the company spend more than $5 million in the community. That wasn’t a one-off spree for Syncrude, either. Since 2006, it has spent more than $23 million in community investment projects. “For us,” Grant says, “it’s really about being a good neighbour.”
That’s why Syncrude has developed the “Good Neighbours” grant program, designed to encourage both its employees and its retirees to volunteer in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Last year, it distributed $113,000 to 74 organizations and provided another $78,000 in grants to community groups such as amateur sports teams to help offset travel costs between Wood Buffalo and other regions. But that’s just a small sampling of the contributions Syncrude makes in the region.
Syncrude versus Suncor Charity Hockey Game
Every year, Syncrude and Suncor employees face off in a charity hockey game, with proceeds going to the United Way. Last year, the Syncrude Bisons won in a shootout against the Suncor Blades.
Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Program
The company made the largest donation in its history when it created the Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Program at Keyano College. It provided Keyano College with $5 million between 2008 and 2011 to develop the seven-month program for aboriginal students.
Syncrude Aquatic Centre
The company spent $750,000 on the swimming pool in the middle of Fort McMurray’s McDonald Island Park. The 4.3-million-litre pool includes swimming lanes, waterslides and a splash park.
Syncrude Winterplay Festival
This three-week winter festival brings music, comedy, theatre, a cross-country race and a burlesque show to Wood Buffalo between February and March.