Newalta is a proud member of the communities in which we operate and recognizes the interest we have in ensuring the health, prosperity and quality of life of those communities.
We demonstrate that interest by providing financial and other support to a variety of registered charities, non-profit agencies and community-based organizations and initiatives. Most importantly, our people volunteer their time to help these organizations achieve their goals.
Engaging in the community is a core value for our organization. While there is a cost to such engagement - and to making community investments, such as the $500,000 we donate annually - we see it as an investment in our future and our social license to operate.
We focus our investments into a number of key areas: community health and well-being; environment and recreation; education and learning; and arts and culture. Signature programs include our United Way employee-led fundraising campaign, our long-time financial support for women's shelters in our operating communities, and our program to help families who need the services of local Ronald McDonald Houses.
In response to the Fort McMurray wildfires in 2016, we put a special emphasis on helping the Red Cross raise funds for the community. This complemented our broader community support in the region such as investments in the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Centre, the local YMCA childcare centre and the Stepping Stones program for at-risk youth.
Our people are active with volunteering in many additional communities:
- Calgary employees serve breakfasts to the homeless at the local Drop-in Centre.
- Our team in Alida, Saskatchewan participated in fundraising to re-build the town’s local ice rink that was lost to flooding.
- Stettler, Alberta employees organized Newalta’s support of a local community park project.
- Our Equipment Solutions Group collected donations to help local families in need in Leduc, Alberta.
- Environmental Services employees in Calgary volunteered their time and expertise to the Waldron Conservation Project to remove barriers from wildlife corridors.
In keeping with our focus on health, a team of Newalta cyclists from Red Deer, Leduc, Fort McMurray and Calgary pedalled 200 kilometres each and raised money for Enbridge’s Ride to Conquer Cancer event. Employees in Calgary participate in the annual Gordie Howe Alzheimer’s Pro-Am Hockey Tournament to raise funds for this charity.
We are creative with our support and are always looking for new and better ways to help organizations improve our communities.