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  • Our employees help "freeze the house" for families

    Feb 9, 2017, 10:44 AM by Jen Cain
    FortisAlberta employees have been longtime supporters of the Central Alberta Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer. From Feb. 3 - 5, six employees stepped up once again for this great cause by participating in the annual Freeze the House Charity Bonspiel at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer. The team competed hard in three tightly contested games. “This is the primary fundraiser for the House and the donations were very generous,” says Ron, one of our Design Specialists/Technologists. “FortisAlberta has been one of the sponsors for this bonspiel since its inception six years ago, and I’m proud to be part of this fundraiser that helps provide a home away from home for families with children receiving vital medical treatment in Red Deer.” Ron is also among several employees who volunteer at the House to prepare warm meals for the families on FortisAlberta's designated day each month. Great job guys!
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  • FortisAlberta renews its partnership with STARS

    Nov 25, 2016, 10:47 AM by Jen Cain
    FortisAlberta announced the renewal of its partnership with STARS with a donation of $400,000 over the next five years, bringing our total contribution to more than 1.7 million dollars. This will also mark a twenty year partnership, making FortisAlberta the longest standing corporate partner of STARS. Something that we are very proud of! ​ On Wednesday, Nov. 16, FortisAlberta employees in Airdrie celebrated with representatives from STARS including Andrea Robertson, President and CEO and Jean-François Bussières, a STARS VIP (very important patient) who shared his very moving rescue story.
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  • Holy Spirit School celebrates new playground

    Nov 16, 2016, 14:34 PM by Jen Cain
    On Nov. 9, Ken Rakai, our Area Foreman in Cochrane was invited to Holy Spirit School to celebrate the grand opening of their new playground! Holy Spirit School was one of the lucky recipients of FortisAlberta’s $2,500 Safety Star grants and used the funds to upgrade their playground. Appropriately named ‘Green Dreams Everybody Park,’’ it was designed with special details allowing children with disabilities to enjoy. The playground design also incorporated recycled materials, from posts made of plastic milk jugs to a floor of recycled tires.
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  • FortisAlberta employees earn 2016 Volunteer Friendly Business Award

    Sep 7, 2016, 11:23 AM by Jen Cain
    As part of their National Volunteer Week celebration, the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre presented FortisAlberta with a Volunteer Friendly Business Award. The Award recognizes St. Albert businesses for their contributions and raises awareness regarding the volunteer sector in the City of St. Albert. Our employees volunteer each year at the International Children’s Festival in St. Albert to set up and take down the large event tents. The Company also supports the Green Team, a group of volunteers that keep the festival site clean and free of debris, as well as paper making workshops, where students learn to make paper from recycled scraps. “The FortisAlberta team in St. Albert are long-time Children’s Festival supporters. In addition to vital financial support, they provide electrical expertise, equipment and staff support that all contribute to the safety and accessibility of the Children’s Festival site. Thank you Dora and FortisAlberta for your generous and ongoing support for the International Children’s Festival,” says Glennis Kennedy, Director, Volunteer Centre Services. Now celebrating 35 years in northern Alberta, the International Children’s Festival is one of North America’s longest running and biggest children’s festivals. This magical five-day festival transforms downtown St. Albert, where art, culture and education are only limited to your imagination. Artists and performers from around the world gather to create one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces offering a truly unique family experience. FortisAlberta would like to congratulate the St. Albert team for their valuable contribution in their community!
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  • 4-H members enjoy the great outdoors

    Aug 17, 2016, 08:24 AM by Jen Cain
    FortisAlberta is proud to support 4-H Alberta’s summer camping program. These camps provide members with an opportunity to explore healthy living and the great outdoors. Kids ages nine to 13 are given the opportunity to participate in the camping program at a junior, combined or intermediate level. This year more than 700 4-H members took part. The camping program supports FortisAlberta’s vision to invest in organizations that align with our focus on safety, education and the environment. The Company donates $22,000 each year to support 4-H Programs. In addition to the Camping Program, we also support the Community Cares contest, recognizing four clubs with a $1,000 grant for working to improve their communities, the Work Bee Clean-Up Weekend at their Centre in Westerose and the Annual Leaders Conference. 4-H programs focus on developing self-confidence, teamwork, interpersonal and leadership skills. They encourage youth to take ownership of their future while also allowing them to find their own entrepreneurial spirit and take pride in their achievements. Watch the video below for a look at what the 4-H summer camping program is all about!
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  • Honouring High River - Amazing People. Amazing Place.

    Jun 21, 2016, 10:30 AM by Jen Cain
    ​It was three years ago this week that the community of High River experienced a devastating flood that evacuated its 13,000 residents for several weeks while work was completed to make them safe to return. On Saturday, June 18, FortisAlberta marked the anniversary of the flood by hosting a barbecue in the community’s honour. Our team of volunteers served more than 900 community members and provided bucket truck rides for people of all ages. One of the highlights of the day included a special bucket truck ride for one of our District Managers while his family watched this poignant moment. “Thanks to the outstanding care, compassion and efforts of our High River employees, we were able to make a wish come true for Mr. Harris and his family,” says Jennifer MacGowan, Director, Corporate Communications. “There wasn’t a dry eye around and his family was so incredibly appreciative of our employees for making this happen for him.”
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  • FortisAlberta announces winners of 2016 Community Naturalization Grants

    May 19, 2016, 12:54 PM by Jen Cain
    As part of FortisAlberta’s commitment to the environment we once again offered our Community Naturalization Grant program in 2016. In its fifth year, the program offers communities in FortisAlberta’s service territory the opportunity to win one of twelve $3,000 grants. The grants offer FortisAlberta the opportunity to support our municipal customers with developing and improving environmentally-friendly programs and facilities in our communities. Part of our community investment focus is on giving back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Congratulations to this year’s winners of a $3,000 grant:
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  • Our employees' generosity presses the right “Button” for Alberta Guide Dogs

    Apr 21, 2016, 13:10 PM by Jen Cain
    For the past six years, our Contact Centre has donated proceeds from Jeans Weeks to adopt dogs through the BC and Alberta Guide Dogs. The organization trains guide dogs for two years, and then provides them at no charge to blind/visually-impaired recipients or to children with autism. Last year, our Contact Centre adopted five dogs with the $1,250 they raised through Jeans Weeks. “Many of us love animals,” says Dawn Press, Contact Centre Team Lead. “Every year, we love seeing the new adopted puppies and hearing updates about their training.” In March 2016, an update was provided on the most recent FortisAlberta guide dog ‘graduate’ Button: “It gives me much pleasure to thank all those involved in the wonderful gift of my second guide dog. Button is a sweet tempered, fun-loving, lively female yellow Labrador. After 10 wonderful years with my first dog, I thought I could never love another,” says Sue, Button’s new owner. “It’s great that we can see where our donations are going,” says Morgan Frank, Customer Service Representative. “They give us updates on the puppies
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  • Search and Rescue Alberta gets donation of retired radios and equipment

    Apr 8, 2016, 10:22 AM by Jen Cain
    When our IT Architecture Operational Manager, Rod Doornbosch learned the Company was retiring radios and equipment from several fleet vehicles he saw an opportunity to donate the equipment to Search and Rescue (SAR) Alberta. "One of my brothers is in Search and Rescue B.C. and when I talked with him, he explained how they have to volunteer to raise money to buy the equipment they use to rescue people," says Rod. This initiative resulted in a $15,000 donation of radios, cables, antennas and Panasonic Toughbooks to SAR Alberta. FortisAlberta refurbished the equipment and ensured the radios were operating on the correct frequencies for the SAR Alberta team. On Friday, April 1, we met with SAR Alberta President Shane Elder in Airdrie to present FortisAlberta’s donation. Sheldon Leavitt, Supervisor of Corporate Continuity and Security also attended the presentation. Sheldon has been a SAR Calgary volunteer for the past three years. "We need to stay in contact with our incident management team back at the command post so that we can communicate that we're safe and we're doing alright. Having that timely ability to communicate is critical to the overall success of the operation," says Sheldon. “The donation of these radios will help to make that happen.”
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  • Our $15,000 donation helps employees beat prostate cancer

    Apr 6, 2016, 09:31 AM by Jen Cain
    ​Prostate cancer affects 1 in 7 men in Alberta, including FortisAlberta employees, but it’s one of the most treatable cancers when detected early. That’s why we asked employees to support our second annual Man Up Month campaign in February – and, once again, you rose to the occasion! Last week, Cam Aplin, Vice President, Operations and Executive Sponsor for this year’s Man Up Month, visited the Prostate Cancer Centre (PCC) and presented the organization with a $15,000 cheque. “This truly reflects the generosity of our employees when we can make a big donation like this even in an economic downturn,” says Cam. “We met our campaign goal, which will enable us to bring the PCC’s Man Van to various locations in our service territory this year.” The PCC’s Man Van is a mobile clinic that offers free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests to men 40 and older. This test provides a baseline number which can help in the early detection of prostate cancer.
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  • Employee volunteers bring the joy of reading to students

    Mar 1, 2016, 09:01 AM by Jen Cain
    On Feb. 23, FortisAlberta participated in a reading rally at A.E. Bowers Elementary School in Airdrie where our employees read to 60 kindergarten students in the gymnasium. Teachers also entertained us with a reader’s theatre performance and special guest Mayor Peter Brown amused the crowd by reading a story about ‘how to read a story.’ FortisAlberta has been partnered with Calgary Reads since September 2014. As part of our partnership, they created a program specifically for FortisAlberta called ‘Rocky View Reads,’ bringing their Wee Reads program to all schools in the Rocky View School Division. Employee volunteers from FortisAlberta spend time each week at Rocky View schools reading to young students to develop their reading skills and offer a life-long love of reading.
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  • Our donation helps students get in touch with nature

    Oct 11, 2015, 13:31 PM by Jen Cain
    Banff Elementary School students will participate in Nature Explorers, a monthly outdoor curriculum with field trips and projects,and we're sponsoring this program with a $2,500 donation. This program adds an outdoor, experiential component to augment in-class learning and aim to create a sense of place, understanding and caring for Banff's environment and community. Every month, each class will have one full day or two half day outdoor experiences.
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  • FortisAlberta offers grants through Alberta 4-H Community Cares contest

    Aug 17, 2015, 14:43 PM by Web Master
    Each year FortisAlberta offers four $1,000 grants to 4-H clubs in Alberta. The contest recognizes the efforts of these clubs working to enhance their communities by engaging in a community project. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s contest: Tofield 4-H Beef Club hosted a community barbeque on May 24, 2015 to welcome the Communities for Veterans Foundations (CVF) Ride across Canada. The CVF are riding their horses across Canada to raise awareness of mental and physical challenges faced by our serving and veteran military when returning home.
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  • Sponsorship helps Devon’s Royal Canadian Legion purchase life-saving device

    Jul 30, 2015, 15:01 PM by Web Master
    We recently presented the Royal Canadian Legion in Devon with a $2,000 cheque to fund the purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). An AED is an electronic device that can monitor heart rhythms and tell if the heart has stopped beating.
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  • Employees volunteer at barbeque for Lacombe residents

    Jul 29, 2015, 15:10 PM by Web Master
    On Friday, July 24, employees from our Lacombe office hosted a barbeque for area residents during Lacombe Days. Lacombe Days showcases the fun and vibrant community of Lacombe. With more than 40 events and activities, there’s something for people of all ages, including a parade, street festival, car show, music in the park, markets and great food! Residents also had the opportunity to enjoy the fireworks.
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  • Creating warm hearts through Soup Sisters

    Jul 6, 2015, 13:17 PM by Jen Cain
    What do you get when you combine a group of FortisAlberta’s women leaders in a SAIT kitchen with some amazing chefs? More than 100 litres of soup of course! As part of the Company’s Women in Leadership group, more than 30 FortisAlberta leaders recently donated their kitchen-savvy slicing and dicing skills to help cook soup as part of a non-for profit organization called Soup Sisters.
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  • National Aboriginal Day

    Jun 19, 2015, 13:24 PM by Jen Cain
    National Aboriginal Day (NAD) takes place on June 21, 2015. It is a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. At FortisAlberta, we value our relationships with the aboriginal communities we serve and we’re diligent about involving community members while working directly on their lands and within their traditional territory. There are 20 individual First Nations and two Métis Settlements in our service territory. These relationships are maintained by one of our Stakeholder Relations Managers who has more than thirty years’ experience in aboriginal relations.
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  • The Ospreys have returned to FortisAlberta's nesting platform!

    Jun 2, 2015, 13:36 PM by Jen Cain
    The Ospreys have returned to our nesting platform in the Canmore area, and are now busy keeping their three eggs warm. Through a live video stream, you can get a bird’s eye view with sounds as the hatchlings emerge from their eggs over the upcoming weeks.
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  • FortisAlberta announces winners of 2015 Tree Planting Grants

    Apr 23, 2015, 13:52 PM by Jen Cain
    We implemented a new tree planting initiative as part of its commitment to the environment. The program offers communities in the our service territory the opportunity to win one of four $2,500 grants! These grants support our municipal customers with developing and improving environmentally-friendly programs in their communities.
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  • FortisAlberta employees enjoy an eventful first quarter of empowering communities

    Apr 21, 2015, 13:54 PM by Jen Cain
    FortisAlberta is proud to have been selected as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers! One of the things that makes us a great company to work for, are the opportunities employees have to get involved in the communities we serve. We had an eventful first quarter of 2015 as FortisAlberta supported organizations and initiatives that fall under our pillars of community investment: safety, education and the environment.
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