Giving back to our communities is central to our culture at ARC. In 2013, we contributed a total of $2.3 million to community and not-for-profit organizations across western Canada.
Our giving philosophy is based on supporting the needs of each local community in which we operate, as well as the volunteer and charitable efforts of our employees. We enter into numerous multi-year partnerships with organizations that we feel share our values and are committed to making a positive and lasting impact. I would like to highlight a selection of the key partnerships and donations that ARC participated in during 2013.
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre: The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre provides an innovative approach to child-focused care for children who are victims of abuse. Bringing together police, social workers, doctors, nurses, physiologists and prosecutors under one roof, the Centre aims to expedite and strengthen prosecutorial outcomes and support children as they move toward healthy futures. ARC was a founding donor of the Centre in 2012, and continues to be a strong supporter. At ARC, we believe wholeheartedly in the importance of the work the Centre does to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.
Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business: The Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL) at the University of Calgary, moves students beyond learning about profit margins and the bottom line and aims to educate future leaders in advanced leadership principles that will transform the future of business and its role in society. As a founding donor of CCAL, ARC’s investment decision was driven by a strong alignment between our leadership culture and the teaching of the Centre.
STARS: The Shock, Trauma, Air Rescue Society (STARS) provides emergency medical care and transportation to critically ill or injured patients across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. ARC entered into a multi-year commitment with STARS in 2010. With a large part of our operations in remote locations and many of our employees living in rural centres, ARC feels it is critical to support STARS and the vital service they provide in communities across western Canada.
Alberta Flood Recovery: In June of this year, southern Alberta was hit by unprecedented floods. Thousands of people across the province lost homes and businesses, including ARC employees and their family and friends. ARC assisted with recovery efforts through monetary donations to the Canadian Red Cross, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Inn from the Cold. In High River, one of the hardest hit communities, ARC sponsored vacuum trucks to remove mud, water and debris from homes. In total we were able to directly assist 87 homeowners at their greatest time of need.
The spirit of giving that exists at ARC among our employees is nothing short of exceptional. I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to work alongside an outstanding team of people who care so much about others.
I am proud to share with you some of the ways ARC is supporting the creation of healthier communities; however, these examples are only a small snapshot of ARC’s contribution. The spirit of giving that exists at ARC among our employees is nothing short of exceptional. I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to work alongside an outstanding team of people who care so much about others. Thank you to ARC’s entire team for continuing to demonstrate leadership in our communities.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Services
For detailed information on ARC’s community investment program and policy please visit www.arcresources.com/community