Community Investment

At AltaGas we strive to excel as responsible corporate citizens by giving back to the communities where we live, work and do business by providing funding for non-profit organizations, projects and initiatives that help build and enhance communities. We look to create shared value through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations that concentrate on our three core areas: Healthy and Safe Communities, Bright Futures and Environmental Champions.

Cross Country Canada (CCC)

In partnership with Cross Country Canada since 2007, AltaGas helps support elite-level coaching and associated services necessary for the success of Canada’s National Ski Team and Para-Nordic program. As a platinum sponsor of CCC, we support elite athletes, local ski group coaches and volunteers across Canada who are sparking Olympic dreams in amateur cross-country skiers. CCC is an organization whose culture and journey resembles our own. Teamwork and commitment are values that our organizations share, and this has resulted in a very successful partnership over the years and we are excited to support them in their journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

AltaGas is the proud sponsor of the Ski-at-School program. The program launched in 2010 with the goal of bringing cross-country skiing to schools in Calgary. In 2016, AltaGas expanded the program to include schools across Canada. This will knit together communities of teachers, students and local ski clubs, and encourage children to participate in an active lifestyle through cross-country skiing.

Cross Country Canada

 

 

 

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS)

AltaGas is partnered with STARS to help bring emergency medical services to all of our field locations in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. We are passionate about initiatives that better the lives of people in our communities.

STARS

 

The United Way

AltaGas is proud to be a part of the communities where we live, work and do business. Our employees have strong ties to their communities and it shows through their generous contributions to community initiatives.

The United Way continues to be an important part of AltaGas’ culture. Since 1994, AltaGas has received platinum or gold awards in Calgary for its involvement in the United Way. In 2015, AltaGas won the Spirts of Gold – President’s award from the United Way of Calgary and area. This award recognizes businesses that are long-standing partners with the United Way that show innovation and commitment in the community. In 2015, AltaGas contributed $100,000 in Calgary.

United Way

2017

Jan 24

AltaGas donates to the Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John

The Fort St. John Women's Resource Society provides a supportive environment, promotes awareness regarding violence against women with rigorous campaigns and events as well as community workshops and information sessions, free of charge, on various issues pertinent to low-income residents. They also provide necessities such as food and shelter to those in need.

Domestic violence threatens the lives of millions of North Americans each year and crosses all ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. Over the past year, the organization has seen a rise in men utilizing some of these services. It’s important to remember that abuse is not gender-based and men can also be victims.  

AltaGas recently provided a $2,500 donation to the Society, which will be used to stock the shelves with food to help with the increasing demand in the community. “In our current economic state, every donation, big or small, counts towards helping feeding families and individuals who need it most.  The contribution made to our Society will go towards hungry tummies this Christmas Season, thank you!,” says Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach Coordinator, Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.

women's resource society

2016

Oct 26

Help on the Water

The Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department can now help people in trouble on the water, thanks to a recent donation from the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project.

Earlier in October, the department added a new rescue boat to its equipment, with Alton providing the funding for the boat, outboard motor and trailer.

“The boat is a very helpful addition to the equipment we have here at the Department,” says Fire Chief Brent Murdock. “The boat will help us as volunteer firefighters to be better able to respond to calls to help the public.”

On the water, a rescue involving the boat will involve three trained volunteer firefighters, one to run the engine and two to help with the rescue. They will be supported by firefighters on shore as needed.

The coverage area for the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department covers large sections of the Stewiacke and Shubenacadie rivers, as well as local lakes. But until now, if a person was in trouble on the water, the department would need to call a neighboring fire department with a boat to help out, losing valuable time during a rescue.

Murdock says the boat also adds a new aspect to training for the volunteer firefighters at the department, and may help recruit new volunteers who are interested in helping with water rescue. He adds that the department is in the process of acquiring waterproof suits and safety gear for the firefighters operating the boat. As well, additional training will take place before the boat is fully operational in a few weeks. The rescue boat, motor and trailer were purchased through Seamasters Marine Services in Dartmouth, NS and are valued at approximately $7,500.

The health and safety of our staff and the public and the protection of the environment are top priorities for Alton Natural Gas Storage.

“We are pleased to support the fire department with the acquisition of the boat,” says Charles Lyons, Vice-President of Environment, Health and Safety for AltaGas, the parent company of Alton. “Helping volunteer firefighters in our operating areas is an investment in community safety for everyone.”

Members of the Alton Project team were on hand October 12 with members of the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department for the official unveiling of the new rescue boat supported by the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project
Oct 26

San Joaquin Energy provides funding to Tracy Seniors Association

AltaGas’ San Joaquin Energy, the Canada-based firm that operates the gas-fired electrical-power plant southwest of Tracy, contributed $1,700 to the Tracy Seniors Association to support its Safe at Home project.

The funds will be used to purchase and install bathroom “grab bars” in the homes of seniors and also other safety items, including shower benches and poles near beds to provide stability.

John Archibald, AltaGas San Joaquin Energy plant general manager said, “The support and services that Tracy Seniors Association provides to senior citizens are invaluable. We are proud to be able to provide support for their organization with funding that allows it to keep providing these services to seniors.”

Tracy Seniors Association
Aug 02

Helping families get back on their feet

In Alberta’s current economic downturn, many families are struggling to put food on the table. Non-profit organizations providing much-needed services to families are also feeling the squeeze with more people using these services. To assist these organizations, AltaGas has committed to providing a $2,500 donation to Inn from the Cold for 2016 and 2017. Through donations such as these, homeless children and their families will be offered programs and support to stabilize and rebuild their lives as well as receive some much needed items such as: baby supplies, recreational items, personal hygiene essentials  and gifts.

Inn from the Cold
Jun 14

Blythe Energy donates to Friends of the Library

AltaGas’ Blythe Energy has donated $500 to Friends of the Library, an organization that raises funding for programs, materials and equipment for the local Palo Verde Valley District Library. With the funds received, the Library will purchase non-fiction books to expand the current collection and supplies for arts and crafts and recreational activities.

“It’s an honour to work for a company that cares about our local community and contributes to these types of organizations. The summer reading program is great and offers so many activities throughout the summer for kids,” says Olivia Godinez-Lopez, Administrative Assistant, Blythe Energy. “There aren’t a lot of recreational options for youth in our community and these programs give kids options.”

“Donations, such as these, provide much needed support to the Library. It not only funds books, but equipment needed for the upcoming events that the library will be hosting. The main goal is to encourage literacy for our children,” says Dawn Williams, Treasurer of Friends of the Library.  

From left to right: Mike Ludwin, , AltaGas, Kime Williams, Library Director, and Friends members, Emily Colby, Dawn Williams, Jennifer Hope and Nancy Terlitsky.
May 18

AltaGas provides funding to bring conservation curriculum to schools

It’s never too early to start educating children about the environment and conservation. Teaching kids from a young age about sustaining our planet will help create a generation of environmentally aware individuals who share a common goal of protecting and conserving our resources. This is exactly the mission that Earth Ranger’s aims to accomplish – educating and empowering children to start protecting the environment today.

Earth Rangers offers a school outreach program across Canada. Funded by donations, they tour elementary schools with a fun and interactive science-based curriculum highlighting a variety of conservation initiatives. AltaGas committed $5,000 to bring the program to five schools – four in Fort St John and one located in Taylor, B.C. Earth Rangers completed the Northern B.C. tour in May, reaching 1,502 children.

Check out this video to learn more.

Travelling with four animal friends, Earth Rangers staff teach a group of students about bio diversity programing.

2015

Oct 29

HEROIC volunteers in Calgary

On October 29, 2015, a group of 10 Calgary employees participated in a ‘Day of Caring’ by volunteering at the Women in Need Society, a Calgary based not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide basic needs to women in poverty and their families. A half day was spent sorting donations for the organization. The ‘Day of Caring’ is an initiative of the United Way campaign in Calgary.

HEROIC volunteers in Calgary
Oct 02

ENSTAR contributes to engine 557 renovation

Engine 557 is Alaska’s last operating steam engine. It arrived in Alaska in December of 1944 - 15 years before statehood and had its last run on September 5, 1960 with a trip to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. It was later sold to Monte Holm in Moses Lake, Washington in the mid-1960’s. Monte Holm purchased the engine "to make good a promise he made to those who kicked him off their trains while he was a hobo: that one day he would own his own railroad.”

Following Monte’s death in 2006, his estate donated Engine 557 to the Alaska Railroad. The engine arrived back in Alaska in 2011 and is now part of a privately funded restoration project.

ENSTAR participated in the restoration effort  by donating a 1981 Ford stake bed truck with a hydraulic lift gate. Patrick Durand, President of the Engine 557 Restoration Company said of the donation: "All have agreed that this vehicle [will] be an ideal support truck for Engine 557 both during the restoration process and when [the engine commences] operation in 2018. With the lift gate we can easily load heavy components on board the truck including our major support tools.”

Engine 557
Sep 30

Blythe Energy Center donates equipment to Sheltering Wings Corporation

AltaGas Blythe Energy Center presented Sheltering Wings Corporation Lawn Crew, which was in need of new lawn equipment, with a lawnmower and weed eater. Sheltering Wings Corporation is a non-profit agency in Blythe, California providing support to adults with developmental disabilities in the Palo Verde Valley. The supported employment program employs adults with developmental disabilities in the areas of thrift store item preparation, lawn service, car washing and laundry.

“It was a real honor and pleasure to be a part of this donation. Sheltering Wings provides a wonderful service to our community and particularly the folks they support. I am very impressed with Sheltering Wings’ commitment to helping people in need...simply awesome. They are more than worthy of the equipment AltaGas Blythe Energy donated and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be put to good use, for the landscaping crew showed a great deal of gratitude and enthusiasm. What a memorable experience!” stated Michael Darmody, Sr. Environmental Specialist at Blythe Energy Center.

Pictured from right: Nancy Doherty, Sheltering Wings; Earl Gomez, Caleb Long, Bryson Rogers (holding weed-eater), Francisco “Kiki” Bejarano and Bennie Gonzales, all from the Sheltering Wings Lawn Crew, and Michael Darmody, Sr. Environmental Specialist at AltaGas Blythe Energy Center.

Sheltering Wings Donation
Sep 25

Calgary employees volunteer at Habitat for Humanity

A group of employees from AltaGas' Calgary office volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and spent the day working on the construction of four new homes in the northeast Calgary community of Redstone. Habitat for Humanity built seven semi-detached duplexes in Redstone for 14 partner families. Each of the three-bedroom, 1,000 square foot homes were ready by Christmas.

Habitat for Humanity