Making a difference
Richardson is committed to giving back to the communities in which our customers and employees live and do business. Each year, the company donates thousands of dollars to support local projects and organizations across the country. Some of our recent donations have gone to:
Countryfest Community Cinema in Dauphin, MB
Residents in Dauphin, Manitoba have a new place to beat the heat this summer, with the completion of the Countryfest Community Cinema. The cinema is a community-owned, not for profit business built on the generous support of residents and local businesses. Their unique business model puts cinema profits back into the community, where those funds will be used to help support other essential community projects. Richardson is proud to be the Concession Sponsor for this exciting new project!
Earl Grey/Longlaketon Volunteer Firefighters in Earl Grey, SK
More than 90 percent of the firefighters in Saskatchewan are volunteers. Towns like Earl Grey, who are far removed from a city centre with emergency services, depend on volunteer firefighters and other first-responders to help save lives and protect homes and businesses. The new Wildland Response Unit provide the Earl Grey/Longlaketon Fire Protection Service with greater mobility, to help them fight wild land fires, and vehicle and structure fires. We are honoured to contribute to the Earl Grey/Longlaketon Volunteer Firefighters, and to be able to help support the local heroes that help to keep these communities safe.
“Support from the Richardson Foundation is crucial to small communities across the country where competition for fundraising dollars is great, and local volunteers play crucial roles in keeping their communities viable and safe.”
- Shayne Krochak, Plant Manager
Richardson Pioneer Last Mountain
Nobleford Water Splash Park in Nobleford, AB
“The best kept secret in Alberta” will be getting pretty wet when the Nobleford Water Splash Park opens to residents this summer. We know that encouraging growth and providing quality recreational activities is important to the community of Nobleford, and Richardson is happy to work with the Nobleford Parks and Recreation Society as a platinum sponsor on this project.
RM of Grey in Manitoba
We are pleased to have been able to provide assistance recently on two major community projects in the Rural Municipality of Grey.
Community halls are often year-round venues for RM residents to connect with the people in their communities, and celebrate joyous events. The Elm Creek Community Hall, at the heart of local food traditions and community dinners, was in need of a new kitchen. We are glad to provide assistance to help the hall to renovate its kitchen, and to expand the on-site storage spaces.
Competing in figure skating or playing on a hockey team is a rite of passage for many kids in rural communities, and the ice rink remains a popular destination for RM residents of all ages. We are thrilled that Richardson’s community donation was able to pay for some much needed repairs to the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine at the Starbuck Sports Centre.
"We live and work in our communities and being able
to give back through such a wonderful conduit as the Richardson Foundation not only says Thank you for supporting us, but also plays a large role in keeping small rural communities alive. Our Richardson Pioneer locations are part of communities and being able to support those same communities is very rewarding to all of the staff involved."
- Shannon Turnbull, Director of Operations
Richardson Pioneer Starbuck
Star City Arena in Star City, SK
Richardson is very pleased to help contribute to the Star City Arena’s geothermal ice project. The new geothermal system removes heat from below the ice surface and uses it to heat the lobby and other areas of the building. The technology is very green, and will significantly reduce the arena’s energy consumption. The system also extends the lifetime of the arena’s ice, and the skating season for the community, by up to two months.
Stirling Lions’ Community Centre in Stirling, AB
After waiting more than thirty years, the town of Stirling finally has a new community centre. The new centre has allowed the community of Stirling to expand some of its community programs, and has provided a permanent home for the local council offices and the senior citizens’ group. The Stirling Lions’ Community Centre was a labour of love, built through the support of local governments and businesses and more than 10,000 volunteer hours from members in the community. We at Richardson are honoured to have been able to play a part in the development of such an important resource for the town of Stirling.