To say the past year has been difficult would be an understatement. So many Canadians have faced personal and professional challenges due to the pandemic. And some of them are leaning on the support of charitable and non-profit organizations.
With the increased demand for services and loss of revenue due to the economic downturn, many of those organizations are stretched thin.
Members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) recognized the growing need and are stepping up to support those organizations.
Countless stories of generosity and kindness have surfaced within the transmission pipeline industry since COVID-19 hit last year. Here are just a few examples of how CEPA members are giving back during these challenging times.
Last September, Pembina announced it had invested nearly $600,000 towards COVID-19 relief.
“At Pembina, we want to do our part during these challenging times,” said the company in a blog post. “Giving back and supporting the communities where we live, work and play is one of our fundamental values,”
The company focused on five key priority areas: food security, frontline healthcare and first responders, social service continuity, mental health services, and well-being and education. Investments were made in communities across Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan through the United Way and other organizations delivering COVID-19 crisis relief.
Pembina also provided funding to more than 25 Indigenous communities to help with relief efforts including community food hampers, cleaning and medical supplies, mental health initiatives and personal protective equipment.
Last December, TC Energy announced that it had donated more than $5.2 million to non-profit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic across North America.
“Early in the pandemic, we recognized the immense challenges that were ahead in the communities where we live and work,” said Russ Girling, President and CEO of TC Energy from 2010 to 2020 in a company news release. “As a company, we were quick to identify that we have an important role to play in supporting non-profit organizations in a meaningful way. We are proud to partner with organizations to help build community resilience, capacity and support during these challenging times.”
One of the company’s initiatives involved redirecting funds from its cancelled employee holiday celebrations to support non-profits. More than 8,400 employees were given money to donate to charities of their choice.
ATCO’s Community Investment team has been busy with several initiatives throughout the pandemic, including delivering meals to seniors, providing shelter for COVID-19 outdoor testing sites, and holding a drive-thru grad.
With many seniors feeling isolated and alone, ATCO’s culinary team at the Blue Flame Kitchen stepped in to help. Working with partners in Calgary, the team has delivered thousands of nutritious and delicious meals to seniors.
For years, ATCO’s Equipment Loaner Program has been lending ATCO tents, barbecues, and soundstage set-ups to community organizations for free. At the beginning of the pandemic, ATCO tents were used for shelter at the outdoor COVID-19 testing sites and at seniors’ facilities to shelter outdoor visits. The program is now taking a hiatus due to COVID-19, but they are hoping to see it back up and running in Summer 2021.
In 2020, ATCO worked with partners to create a memorable experience for high school grads whose graduation ceremonies were canceled because of the pandemic. A unique outdoor experience was created at Spruce Meadows, allowing grads to walk across the stage and celebrate with their classmates at a safe social distance.
While community support is especially needed now, it has always been a priority. Since 2016, CEPA members have invested over $135 million in community initiatives across Canada. Our members are proud to be making a difference by keeping energy flowing during the pandemic and giving back to the communities where they operate. Visit CEPA’s 2020 Performance Report to learn more.