Shell Canada Invests $625,000 in Health Care in the Peace River Area
Nov. 27, 2013
Shell Canada (Shell) announced today that it is making a significant investment in two initiatives that help support high-quality health care in the Peace River region.
The Rotary Club of Peace River and the Accredited Supportive Living Society (ASLS) will receive a financial boost thanks to a total $625,000 investment from Shell. Since 2012 Shell has invested more than $1.3 million in not-for-profit organizations in the Peace River area.
The Rotary Club of Peace River will receive $500,000 towards the construction of a new living facility. Shell will also lend its name to the facility (Shell Rotary House) which will provide accommodations for: patients who require medical supervision as outpatients, family members of patients who are receiving treatment in hospital and health care professionals.
Bev Bastell and Brent Rostad, co-chairs of the Rotary House Fundraising Committee said: “The contribution towards the Rotary House shows a commitment and investment to the residents of the Peace River region. The donation paves the way for the continued fundraising efforts with other potential corporate, municipal and community stakeholders who also recognize the value in the Rotary House project.”
Shell is also investing $125,000 in ASLS for inside living spaces at its Designated Supportive Living Complex. This complex will offer specialized support for individuals who cannot safely live at home without dedicated care, and will reduce demand on acute care beds at the local hospital. ASLS is a charitable, not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of services across northwestern Alberta including a Regional Family Support Program and a Regional Brain Injury Program.
“ASLS is very appreciative of Shell’s strong support for our latest initiative,” said ASLS CEO Shannon Websdale. “This state-of-the-art complex was designed as a community within, and is slated to open February of 2014.”
While the most significant opportunities Shell provides to local communities are those directly related to its operations, such as employment and contracting opportunities, another important way Shell provides benefits to local communities is through its social investment program.
“We believe it is important to support initiatives that contribute to the general well-being of the communities where we operate and where our employees and their families live,” says Bob Blachford, Shell’s Peace River Operations Manager. “I’d like to thank both the Rotary House and ASLS for the essential role they play in helping to provide high-quality health care in the local community.”
Shell Canada has been producing bitumen from its Peace River leases for more than 30 years. It currently operates two bitumen production facilities on its leases: the Peace River Complex and the Cliffdale Battery. The facilities had a combined production of approximately 17,000 barrels of bitumen per day in 2012.
In October 2013, Shell Canada announced it is proceeding with its Carmon Creek Project, a thermal in situ project that will use state-of-the-art technology and is expected to produce 80,000 barrels of bitumen per day. The project is expected to provide a secure, reliable energy source and benefits to Alberta and Canada for more than 35 years.
Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000 people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen, and is Canada’s largest producer of sulphur.
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