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Community Investment Program

Giving back to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador is a priority for Nalcor Energy. We make every effort possible to actively support organizations in the communities where we work and live, and manage a province-wide Community Investment Program to help contribute to that goal.

The following are some of the groups that Nalcor has supported through the Lower Churchill Project Community Investment Program:

2016 Community Investments

Labrador Winter Games

The Lower Churchill Project (LCP) was a proud platinum sponsor of the 2016 Labrador Winter Games, which took place March 13-19 in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Held every three years since 1983, the games are Labrador’s premier sporting event, bringing together people from all over the Big Land as athletes, volunteers, and spectators. LCP team members participated in the games as athletes and volunteers.

Pink Shirt Day

Students in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador came together on February 24 to show their support of Pink Shirt Day. Nalcor Energy proudly supported several schools by providing pink t-shirts with the message “Cool to be Kind”. LCP staff also participated in this event by attending local schools to show support and take a pledge to be kind.

CBC Pancake Breakfast

In February, LCP supported the annual CBC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for homelessness which was held at the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. LCP staff also participated in this event by volunteering as hosts/hostesses and servers.MY volunteers at pancake breakfast 2016

 

Melville Mantas Dinner and Dance Fundraiser

LCP supported the second annual fundraising dinner and dance for the Melville Mantas Swim Team. It was a great opportunity for LCP staff to interact with the community and show support of youth activities in the community.

 

2015 Community Investments

Stand Up Day

Students in schools across Labrador came together on February 25 to wear pink t-shirts and send one message, “Stand up, Speak Out, Take Action. The anti – bullying initiative was proudly supported by Nalcor Energy by providing all students throughout Labrador with anti-bullying shirts to wear on Stand Up Day. LCP employees and project team members also participated by attending local schools to show support and take a pledge to end bullying.   Kathleen Simms, Community Relations Advisor with the project, attended the event and says, “it’s really about being kind to one another.”

Nalcor has supported the Stand Up Day campaign since 2011 when it partnered with Violence Prevention Labrador to support anti-bullying.  The campaign was started when two students decided to take a stand for a fellow student that had been bullied for wearing pink to school. Today, the Stand Up Campaign involves students wearing pink and signing a pledge to take a visible, public stand against bullying.

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CBC Pancake Breakfast

In February, LCP staff participated in the annual CBC Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for homelessness as hosts/hostesses and servers. The pancake breakfast was held at the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley – Goose Bay.

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Melville Mantas Swim Club

LCP supported the first annual fundraising dinner and dance for the Melville Mantas Swim Team of Happy Valley – Goose Bay. It was a great opportunity for LCP staff to interact with the community  and show support of youth activities in the community.

Southeast Labrador Junior Sports Meet

LCP supported the first annual Southeast Labrador Junior Sports Meet. The event involved youth from several communities on the south coast of Labrador meeting in Mary’s Harbour to compete in various sports activities. A great time was had by all.

Ducks Unlimited

LCP supported the annual fundraising dinner for Ducks Unlimited in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. It was a great opportunity for LCP staff to interact with the community and show support of conservation activities in the community.

Bike Rodeo – Happy Valley – Goose Bay

LCP supported the annual bike rodeo on June 6 by donating helmets and LCP staff  assisted in the distribution of helmets and  with the fitting of helmets. The event involved bike registration , bike maintenance , a scavenger hunt, and an obstacle course and bike safety.

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Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association

The Labrador Hunting and Fishing Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to undertaking community projects that encourage and promote outdoor recreational activities and engage the general public especially the youth through the delivery of cultural, educational and safety orientated activities. LCP supported the organization by donating a Personal Flotation Device package for a family of four for their silent auction on June 5th. LCP staff also attended their organization’s annual fundraising dinner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

Canadian Mental Health Association

More than 1300 workers celebrated Canada Day at the Muskrat Falls site with a BBQ, live band and fundraiser in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. A total of $5462 was raised for the Canadian Mental Health Association with $1000 donated by LCP.

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Northwest River Beach Festival

 In July, LCP was a gold level sponsor for the 30th annual Northwest River Beach Festival. LCP contributed $5,000 toward the festival, which is a weekend long multi-cultural event featuring live music, performers and family activities.

Happy Valley – Goose Bay SPCA

In July, LCP staff was happy to select the Happy Valley – Goose Bay SPCA as a recipient of donations from recyclable containers collected from the Muskrat Falls site. The donation to the SPCA was a joint initiative by LCP and the site waste management service provider, Pardy’s Waste Management. All of the recyclable containers were purchased and donated by LCP, stored on the Muskrat Falls site and then provided to Pardy’s for sorting. The donation to the SPCA is just one of the many ways that the project works to give back to communities. A total of $926.00 was donated on July 23, 2015.

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Great Labrador Canoe Race

The 2015 Great Labrador Canoe Race was held in August. This community event began in 2010 and has grown to be a popular late summer destination for paddlers from across the province and beyond. Nalcor was proud to continue its sponsorship with a $5,000 contribution to the event.

Labrador Canoe Regatta

 LCP was proud to continue its sponsorship of the Labrador Canoe Regatta with a $1,000 contribution to the event that occurred on the weekend of August 1st and 2nd at Gosling Lake. This year was the 32nd anniversary of the event.

Happy Valley – Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue Team

 LCP donated two shipping containers to the Happy Valley – Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue Team for storage of their equipment. This organization is a key player in providing search and rescue support in the Upper Lake Melville area and is run by volunteers.

Grenfell Foundation Golf Tournament

The 19th Annual Grenfell Foundation Golf Tournament occurred in August at the Amaruk Golf Club in Happy Valley- Goose Bay. The Foundation supports the purchase of priority medical equipment for the Labrador Health Centre and all funds are used locally. LCP participated in the tournament with a four-person team.

Annual Wayne Winters Law Enforcement Charity Golf Tournament

The annual law enforcement golf tournament occurred on September 17 in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. All money raised was donated to local charities. LCP participated in the event and donated an item to the silent auction for a total sponsorship to the event of approximately $575.

MADD Canada’s 2015-2016 School Assembly Program

Youth education is a critical part of MADD Canada’s strategy to preventing impaired driving. The number one cause of death among young people in Canada is road crashes with greater than 55% of them due to alcohol and/or drugs. The School Assembly Program was developed by MADD for students in grades 7 – 12 and the presentation this year was entitled 24 Hours.  LCP provided $3,000 and sponsored three programs in Labrador.

Children’s Wish Foundation

Project workers at the Muskrat Falls site in Labrador raised approximately $6,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation during Labour Day Celebrations held on September 6. It costs about $10,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation to grant a child’s wish. The team will continue its fundraising efforts to reach this goal.

Trapline Marathon

This year LCP sponsored the Kids Marathon portion of the Trapline Marathon that occurred on October 11. In addition to sponsorship, LCP have Kids Kits to every kid registered for the Kids Marathon and volunteered to set up the tents and barricades.

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Labrador Creative Arts Festival

LCP was proud to support the annual Labrador Creative Arts Festival, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in November. The LCAF is designed to provide school children across Labrador with the opportunity to express themselves through art. Every year students in schools across Labrador are given a theme on which to produce a play that is performed in Happy Valley – Goose Bay during the week.

2014 Community Investments

Office to Advance Women Apprentices Conference – Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Nalcor was proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA) Conference that took place in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on October 9, 2014. The event was successful, with over 100 participants in attendance.
Nalcor Energy is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in the workplace and encourage women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities to express interest in employment with the Lower Churchill Project.

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Lorie O’Halloran, Communications Coordinator, and Thea Penashue, Innu Employment Counsellor, were happy to be at the event and assisted many individuals with questions about the project and employment opportunities.

 

Canadian Cancer Society – Relay for Life – Happy Valley-Goose Bay
The 2014 Relay for Life event was held on September 20, 2014 at Husky Park in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This year’s event raised over $48,000 from teams who registered their relay teams and collected donations for cancer research and related programs.  Nalcor Energy is a proud supporter of the Relay for Life event and was happy to be a sponsor again this year.  The Relay For Life event is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour fundraising event that brings the community together to celebrate life and fight cancer.

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A successful 12-hour Relay for Life event was held at Husky Park on Sept. 20 and was well attended by local residents.

 

Great Labrador Canoe Race
The 2014 Great Labrador Canoe Race was held August 23, 2014, with 38 teams participating. This community event began in 2010 and has grown to be a popular late summer destination for paddlers from across the province and beyond. All participants and spectators are provided an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, large Labrador skies and some good old-fashion competitive recreation and fun. Nalcor was proud to continue its Trapper Level sponsorship with a $7,500 investment in the event again this year.

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Robin Penney and Paul Watson, employees of Valard Construction, took time from their day to hand out water to the paddlers at the Great Labrador Canoe Race.

 

Labrador Canoe Regatta
This is not a typical regatta, in this dynamic event teams of 6 paddlers take their traditional voyageur canoes on a gruelling course up Gosling Lake and back. Nalcor was pleased to be the Presenting Sponsor again this year with an investment of $5,000 in the Regatta. For more information on the Labrador Canoe Regatta visit: www.canoelabrador.ca

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Team River Rats took the win during the first Men’s race at the Labrador Canoe Regatta.

 

North West River Beach Festival
The North West River Beach Festival is Labrador’s largest outdoor music festival and a great Labrador tradition where friends, family and visitors come home to enjoy two fun-filled days at the Lester Burry Memorial Park. Nalcor was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor again this year with an investment of $5,000 in the Festival. For more information on the North West River Beach Festival visit: www.nwrbeachfestival.com

Jozie March

Jozie March was having a great time dancing to all the wonderful music played during the North West River Beach Festival.

 

Youth Training for Africa
Nalcor Energy was pleased to provide $1,560.00 for CPR training to 10 aboriginal youth, who are heading on a month long Canada World Youth Volunteer experience in Africa.  Canada World Youth provides a variety of programs, in over 20 countries around the world, for youth between the ages of 15 and 35 looking to gain leadership experience through participation in community-driven development projects.

Tanzania Youth

The youth, who left Happy Valley-Goose Bay on July 4, 2014, are from the communities of Nain and Hopedale and will volunteer with children, as part of the Canada World Youth project in Tanzania

 

Expo Labrador 2014
Nalcor Energy was pleased to again be a Platinum sponsorship of Expo Labrador, with a $20,000 investment. The event was held in Happy Valley – Goose Bay from June 25 – 28, 2014 and provided delegates, other exhibitors and the general public with information on current and future developments, partnership opportunities, and other initiatives of interest.

Expo Labrador 2014

Project team members participated in Expo Labrador 2014 from June 23-25. Team members included (L-R): Rosanne Williams, Lorie O’Halloran, Gilbert Bennett, Pat Hussey, Ed Martin, Paul Kennedy, Lance Clarke, Mandy Norris, Dave Healey and Matthew Pike.

 

Ducks Unlimited Annual Auction Fundraiser
LCP sponsored a table at Ducks Unlimited’s annual auction fundraiser. The fundraiser supported five wetland conservation classroom activities for the Lake Melville region that will take place in the fall of 2014.

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L-R: Desmond Tranquilla and Matthew Pike attended the Ducks Unlimited Canada’s annual fundraising dinner in Happy Valley-Goose Bay in May.

 

Mealy Mountain Collegiate Safe Grad
Nalcor Energy was pleased to provide the Mealy Mountain Collegiate safe graduation organizing committee with an iPad to use as grand prize. Safe Grad is an event organized by the students for all the graduating students to ensure that there is a safe celebration of their achievements as a whole class.

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Matthew Pike presented Mealy Mountain students with an IPad for their Safe Grad grand prize.

 

Rooting for Health at Queen of Peace School
Nalcor Energy employees volunteered at the Rooting for Health event held on May 16, 2014 at Queen of Peace School in Happy Valley Goose Bay. The Rooting for Health event is a partnership between the Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture, Egg Farmers Newfoundland and Labrador and School Milk Foundation.
Volunteers prepared and served a breakfast of French toast, milk, and yogurt and berries to approximately 350 students.

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Matthew Pike, Bob White, Lorie O’Halloran, and Roy Byrne worked their magic, serving up breakfast for over 350 students during the Rooting for Health Event at Queen of Peace School.

 

Nalcor supports Community Family Services program
Whether it is a community or a person in need in central Labrador, the Salvation Army is always one of the first responders to provide assistance. Through their Community and Family Services program, the Salvation Army relies on community support and donations to ensure they can effectively respond to people in need. 100 per cent of the funds they raise, mostly from their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, go back into providing support to the community and people in need. In April, in Happy Valley–Goose Bay, the Salvation Army was monumental in ensuring over 30 displaced people in need were attended to, fed and housed – all within 48 hours. To help support the valuable work the Salvation Army provides to the region, Nalcor donated $5,000 to the Community Family Services program.

Most recently in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, the Salvation Army was monumental in ensuring more than 30 displaced people were attended to, fed and housed – all within 48 hours. To help support the invaluable work the Salvation Army provides to the Labrador region, Nalcor donated $5000 to its Community Family Services program.

 

Pink Shirt Day – Respect! Give it! Get it!
This was the theme of this year’s Stand Up Day held on Feb. 26, 2014. More than 5,700 students and staff in schools across Labrador wore pink shirts on International Stand Up Day to show their commitment to ending youth violence.
Again this year, Nalcor Energy purchased the pink t-shirts and Matthew Pike, Community Relations Advisor in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, worked with the RCMP and RNC to ensure the shirts were delivered to schools across Labrador. RCMP Corporal Rick Mills said, “Nalcor Energy was paramount in the overall success of the Stand Up Day activities throughout Labrador Schools by providing Pink Shirts to all Schools and partners.”

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More than 5,700 students and staff in schools across Labrador wore pink shirts on International Stand Up Day to show their commitment to ending youth violence.

 

Companies That Care Day gives donation to Coalition of Disabilities
On March 18, 2014 Lower Churchill Project Contractors, Subcontractors and workers gathered in the Muskrat Falls Camp dining room to celebrate Companies that Care Day.
Companies That Care Day is an annual national event that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives, and recognize the people who make their companies successful. Workers were treated to cake and by making a donation to the Labrador Branch of the Coalition of Disabilities each worker was given a ticket for a draw on a Care Basket.  A total of $467.00 was raised for the Labrador Branch of the Coalition of Disabilities.

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Matthew Pike presented Cyril Peach with a donation of $467.00 collected during Companies That Care Day.

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Mealy Mountain Collegiate Basketball Team

LCP donated approximately $2,600 dollars to the Mealy Mountain Collegiate Basketball Team to purchase new jerseys.

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CBC Turkey Drive

LCP donated turkeys valued at approximately $1,000 to the CBC Turkey Drive fundraiser for the Community Food Sharing Association and the local food bank in Happy Valley – Goose Bay.

 

The Labrador Creative Arts Festival (LCAF)

is designed to provide school children across Labrador with the opportunity to express themselves through art. Every year students in schools across Labrador are given a theme on which to produce a play that is performed in Happy Valley – Goose Bay during “Arts Fest” week. Visiting artists are dispersed throughout Labrador to ensure that the children who could not make the trip to central Labrador were not left out of Arts Fest week.

 

2013 Community Investments

Great Labrador Canoe Race
The 2013 Great Labrador Canoe Race was held August 24, 2013, with 38 teams participating. This community event began in 2010 and has grown to be a popular late summer destination for paddlers from across the province and beyond. All participants and spectators are provided an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, large Labrador skies and some good old-fashion competitive recreation and fun. Nalcor was proud to continue its Trapper Level sponsorship with a $7,500 investment in the event again this year.

Congratulations to Matthew Pike, Community Relations Advisor, and his canoe partner, Jamie Snook, on coming in 5th in the 67 km expedition race with a time of 6:53:13.4.

Congratulations to Matthew Pike, Community Relations Advisor, and his canoe partner, Jamie Snook, on coming in 5th place in the 67 km expedition race with a time of 6:53:13.4.

 

Trapline Marathon: Keeping Labrador Active
With an ever increasing emphasis on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, Nalcor was pleased to be a major sponsor for the 5th annual Trapline Marathon. With a 10 km, half marathon and full marathon race held each thanksgiving weekend, the Trapline Marathon has grown in popularity over the years. With a dedicated group of volunteers, they have successfully turned the Trapline event into a premiere running event in Atlantic Canada.

The 6th Trapline Marathon event will take place on October 13, 2013 in Happy Valley – Goose Bay. For more information on the event, please visit www.traplinemarathon.ca.

North West River Beach Festival
The North West River Beach Festival is Labrador’s largest outdoor music festival and a great Labrador tradition where friends, family and visitors come home to enjoy two fun-filled days at the Lester Burry Memorial Park. Nalcor was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor again this year with an investment of $5,000 in the Festival. For more information on the North West River Beach Festival visit: www.nwrbeachfestival.com

Libra House Opens with Support from Nalcor
Libra House in Happy Valley – Goose Bay provides temporary crisis shelter and related services for women and children who are experiencing relationship violence, including physical, sexual, financial, mental, psychological, socioeconomic or emotional abuse. Over the years Nalcor has provided land and funding to ensure that the Libra House could move into a facility that meets the needs of staff and residents. Through a multi-year partnership with Nalcor, Libra House opened the doors to their brand new building in March 2013. Libra House is now focusing on a second stage housing project so that they can further assist women and their children in getting out of difficult circumstances. For more information on the Libra House, please visit www.librahouse.ca.

Nalcor was pleased to provide $125,000 in funding along with a donation of two parcels of land worth $80,000 in support of the new facility. Pictured from left to right: Glen Furlong (CMHC), MHA Keith Russell, Harold Kean (Manager of Operations and Work Execution TRO Labrador - NL Hydro), Janet O'Donnell (Executive Director - Libra House), Honourable Paul Davis (Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing), Yvonne Jones (MP Labrador) and Arlene Michelin (Councillor - Town of Happy Valley - Goose Bay).

Nalcor was pleased to provide $125,000 in funding along with a donation of two parcels of land worth $80,000 in support of the new facility.
Pictured from left to right: Glen Furlong (CMHC), MHA Keith Russell, Harold Kean (Manager of Operations and Work Execution TRO Labrador – NL Hydro), Janet O’Donnell (Executive Director – Libra House), Honourable Paul Davis (Minister Responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador Housing), Yvonne Jones (MP Labrador) and Arlene Michelin (Councillor – Town of Happy Valley – Goose Bay).

Some of the other Labrador groups and events Nalcor supported in 2012 include:

  • Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life & Christmas Soiree
  • CCNL Ski Association
  • CLEA Award
  • CNIB
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Expo Labrador
  • Festival 500
  • Grenfell Foundation Gala
  • HV-GB Community Awards
  • Labrador Canoe Regatta
  • Labrador Creative Arts Festival
  • Mud Lake Safe Boating Initiative
  • Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Southern Labrador Development Association Craft Fair

Nalcor is committed to being a strong community partner across the province. For more information about Nalcor’s Community Investment Program, including funding criteria and how to apply, visit nalcorenergy.com/community

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