The Keyano College Foundation hosted its second annual Equipped for the Future donor recognition and VIP guest reception at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre on September 12.
The event honoured past year’s donors: Shell Canada, The CAT Rental Store, Wapose Medical Services, Fort McKay Group of Companies, Premay Equipment and the Quality Group of Companies. In its 30th Anniversary year, the Foundation is celebrating over $2.4 million in equipment donations.
The reception was hosted in conjunction with the Oil Sands Trade Show & Conference and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
What made the event even more special was the announcement of three spontaneous donations by previous donors to provide additional support to the initiative. Demers Contracting Services will donate a 2002, CAT 160H Motor Grader in partnership with Finning, which will supply parts for the engine rebuild. The approximate value of this donation is $125,000.
The Quality Group of Companies announced the donation of a 2000, five-ton Digger Bucket Truck, valued at $75,000. The CAT Rental Store announced that they would provide additional support by helping Keyano secure an aerial work platform to be used for safety training.
Cindy Amerongen, Vice President, External Relations, Keyano College was delighted with the event. She says what makes Equipped for the Future so successful is the value industry sees in it.
”This is truly a win-win situation. Education and training are critical to providing a strong community and a vital workforce. We need the right tools in the hands of students to train for today’s and tomorrow’s needs. Gifts of equipment, technology and services make all the difference in achieving our mandate of training a skilled workforce for our region.
A total of 16 companies have donated to the program since its launch two years ago. Originally started in response to the Trades & Heavy Industrial Division’s need to cut lease and purchase costs of equipment for use in training. The initiative is now benefitting other College areas.
Earlier this year The Quality Group of Companies donated two heavy-duty boom trucks that Keyano Facilities will use to maintain and beautify College grounds, while Wapose Medical Services Inc. donated an ambulance that will provide new training opportunities for Keyano students in the Emergency Medical Technician program.
Business and industry representatives applauded Keyano Foundation’s staff for not only starting the program, but working diligently to see its continued success.
“It’s great to see everyone contributing to our community. We participate, but Keyano Foundation’s staff motivates us. We need to applaud that,” said Brent Harris of Premay Equipment LP.
Mathieu Leger, Executive Director of Operations, Fort McKay Group of Companies agrees. He says the company is all about giving back to the community and Keyano College is a key player in the region.
“A lot of our employees are Keyano College alumni. We have a strong relationship with Keyano,” Leger noted.
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