Committed to Our Communities

Committed to Our Communities

Committed to Our Communities

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Spring2015-picThrough the Richardson Foundation, Richardson invests thousands of dollars in community initiatives and organizations across Western Canada each year. We are committed to not only operating our business and serving our customers in these areas, but being an active part of our communities. To promote our commitment to our communities, we launched a print and radio awareness campaign focused on our community giving last fall. The campaign highlighted three donations. In Alberta, the Richardson Foundation donated $30,000 towards the Dalum Fire Department for a new, state-of-the-art building. In Saskatchewan, $100,000 was donated towards a new water park in Whitewood, spearheaded by 12-year-old Tia Cederstrand. In Manitoba, the residents of Minnedosa received $100,000 towards the local ballpark. The ads feature not only these specific projects, but how other communities can partner with the Richardson Foundation. The campaign ran through November and December in community newspapers across the Prairies and all three ads were featured in the Western Producer and Grainews. The radio ads ran in rural stations across Western Canada in the areas we do business. Each year, Richardson Pioneer donates over $1 million to support projects in dozens of communities across the Prairies. In 2014, we donated $1.8 million to support 70 projects in a variety of locations. For a complete listing of the communities and projects that we were proud to support in 2014, see page 4.

Fairview Minor Soccer, Alberta
Ron Hill, Director of Operations at Richardson Pioneer in Fairview, Alberta presented Loretta Earle of Fairview Minor Soccer organization with $20,000 towards two new soccer fields. The Fairview Minor Soccer organization has been investing large amounts of money in improvements in the Cummings Lake Recreation area, which is home to a brand new soccer complex. “Construction began in the fall of 2014; prior to this the soccer fields were scattered all over town and felt unorganized,“says Hill. “We have about a 200 kilometre draw for kids who use this facility, specifically from the Hinds Creek and Worsley area, all where we do business.” With the new soccer complex that is currently being built in the Cummings Lake Recreation area, there will be eight fields for children and families to use that are all in the same complex.

Wynyard Ove Time Campaign
Richardson Pioneer was pleased to announce a donation of $50,000 to support the Over Time Campaign in Wynyard, SK. The donation will serve athletes, coaches, parents, spectators, families and visitors. By providing a broader range of services than the present arena, the new complex will enhance the quality of life in the community where Richardson operates. The provincial government has deemed Wynyard a rapid growth community and this brand new facility will encompass a variety of uses to add to this vibrant town. Built in 1950, the Wynyard Memorial Arena is home to many activities including hockey games, skating clubs, school gym classes and general public skating. For over 60 years, the area has served as the hub of the community bringing together all ages of athletics and spectators. It has become an important gathering place for residents of Wynyard and surrounding areas. “Wynyard is a growing community, and is a town of people that value an active lifestyle. In order to maintain this lifestyle and status as a centre for recreation, the community requires the amenities of a much larger centre. Residents know that the time is now to build a sports complex that will serve the needs of our community,” says Mayor Ted Czarnecki. “We are pleased to make this donation, which directly benefits this rural community,” says Tom Hamilton, Vice-President, Richardson Pioneer. “We are very proud to be a part of these communities and we are committed to doing our part to help build even stronger communities for generations to come.”

Saskatoon Minor Football Field
Last fall, Richardson Pioneer donated $250,000 to support the Saskatoon Minor Football Field, also known as the Gordie Howe Bowl in Saskatoon. The Friend of the Bowl Foundation has been raising funds since 2011 to revitalize the field with a new 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, concession, storage and renovated fields. The new and improved bowl will be the home to Saskatoon football and it will also provide the city with a multi-sport facility for other outdoor sports such as soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee and rugby. “The bowl field committee is proud to be partnering with Richardson, who is contributing a significant amount to the football field,” says Campaign Director Stephanie Hughes. “This field is truly a win for our entire community, and for more than 6,000 football players who will use it over the course of 1,600 hours every year.” The vision to create a brand new location for football in the city came one year ago when the bowl field committee announced its $11 million dollar campaign. The field now has artificial turf on a 90,000 square foot field, with a stunning scoreboard, new sound system and 100 lights that illuminate the field. They pulled this off with commitment and hard work from the campaign volunteers and donors.

Worsley Playground
Richardson Pioneer contributed $25,000 to support the Worsley Volunteer Firefighters Society in their efforts to fundraise for a new playground at Worsley Central School. “Updating equipment that directly benefits these communities is something that we feel very strongly about,” says Tom Hamilton, Vice-President, Richardson Pioneer. “At Richardson, we understand that a key part of our enduring success is the strength of the communities in which we do business.”

 

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