We acknowledge the need of the communities, where we operate, to be engaged in the planning of our projects and to participate in the benefits arising from them as they are built and operated.
These stories illustrate how Seven Generations employees support and engage the people and communities where we operate. To read, please click the yellow triangle.
Photo: 7G employees "spring cleaning" along Highway 40, south of Grande Prairie
On Saturday, May 11, Seven Generations employees, along with friends and family members, covered a 13-kilometre stretch along Highway 40, just south of Grande Prairie. Hundreds of bags of garbage were collected by the volunteer group. 7G participates in the highway clean up on an annual basis to help preserve the environment in our operating area and to raise funds for local charities. For every kilometre that was cleaned, $100 was donated by Transportation Alberta. In total, the 7G volunteers raised $1,300. The funds will be donated to local charities chosen by the three youth volunteers of the group.
Photo: Mike Pinnock, forester, baby Emery, and volunteers celebrate Arbor Day in Grande Prairie
On May 9, one of our Grande Prairie office locations operated as a tree-packing area, hosting a breakfast to the volunteers of the Swan City Rotary Club and Alberta Forestry. Volunteers packaged seedlings for Grade 1 students in the Grande Prairie area in honour of Arbor Day. The Arbor Day Society in Grande Prairie has been handing out seedlings to local students since the 1960s. Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 and has since spread across North America with Canada officially embraced this tree-planting celebration in 1884. Alberta Forestry and volunteers delivered over 70,000 lodge pole pine and white spruce seedlings to Grade 1 students province-wide. 1,739 seedlings were handed out to 42 schools in the Grande Prairie region.
Photo: 7G employee Erin Barker in firefighting gear, Calgary, Alberta
Erin Barker, 7G's Accounts Payable Supervisor, completed the "Challenge the Chief" stair climbing charity event at Calgary's Bow tower on May 5. Erin climbed 55 storeys, or more than 1,200 stairs, in full 60-lb firefighting gear.
Erin was one of only 10 civilians to participate in this year's event, stair climbing one of Canada's tallest buildings in the highest elevation firefighter stair climb event in the world. Erin completed her climb in just over 34 minutes, making her the first female civilian challenger to take on Calgary's Fire Chief.
As she trained for this strenuous climb, Erin took on the personal challenge of raising $10,000 for the Firefighters Assistance Charitable Society and Wellspring Calgary.
Erin was one of the top fundraisers for this year's event. She exceeded her goal by raising a total of $13,919.
About the Firefighters Assitance Charitable Society
The Firefighters Assitance Charitable Society provides help to firefighers and their families by ensuring they have access to meaningful assistance and resources during times of need.
About Wellspring Calgary
Wellspring Calgary, the other beneficiary organization of this event, is a charity that provides a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs to those living with cancer and their caregivers so that no one has to face cancer alone.
Photo: 7G employees hand out sunflower seeds to children at the Grande Prairie Earth Day Celebration and Tradeshow
On April 27 Seven Generations employees celebrated Earth Day by hosting a booth at the City of Grande Prairie’s Earth Day event and tradeshow. The day was filled with fun activities for all ages. Visitors had the opportunity to learn about the oil and natural gas industry and 7G's commitment to the environment at the company booth. 7G employees handed out sunflower seed kits to children wanting to try out their 'green thumb' at home.
Photo: 7G employees compete in a fast-paced game of wheelchair basketball at the Eastlink Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta
In March 2019, a team of energetic Seven Generations employees participated in the Wolverines Charity Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The event was organized by the Grande Prairie Wolverines Wheelchair Sports Association, an organization that has a 28-year history hosting programs for the Grande Prairie community. The organization promotes accessibility, integrated participation and fun for all participants in a variety of adaptive sports, including wheelchair basketball, sledge hockey, hand cycling, and power soccer. All proceeds from the tournament event went towards the Grande Prairie Wolverines Sports Association to assist with wheelchair repairs, as well as travel and operating costs.
Photo: Patrick Arnell, Director, Environment, Carolyn Pfau, Senior Environmental Engineer, Dawn Klimko, Coordinator, Administrative Services, and Cindy Park, Director, Community Engagement visit a Grade 4 classroom to present on the natural gas industry and our responsibility to the environment
7G employees have been visiting elementary schools in the Grande Prairie region, informing students about how natural gas plays an important role in so many aspects of our lives. The Grade 4 curriculum includes lessons on Canada’s abundant natural resources, the environment, and how the industry works to responsibly provide energy to society.
Presenting to more than 200 students, the employees provide an overview of where oil and natural gas comes from, how hydrocarbons are extracted from deep inside the earth, the benefits of petroleum products in our lives, and our responsibility to the environment. As a keepsake, students are gifted a toy lynx at the end of the presentation, representing one of many animals that 7G works to protect in our operating areas.
A highlight for many students is when they learn their video game consoles, running shoes, basketballs and many other everyday items are made using petroleum products. With positive feedback from teachers and students, 7G plans to expand this program to as many schools in the community as possible.
“On behalf of St. Mary School, I would like to express our sincere thanks for the recent presentation on the oil and natural gas industry. It was extremely educational and the presenters made relatable connections between oil and natural gas and the daily lives of students. Our grade 4 students enjoyed, and were active participants, in the presentation and learned how the industry, as a whole, continues to focus on making positive impacts in our environment. From planting trees to ensuring the safety of wildlife, Seven Generations promotes a business model that will continue to support a healthy and sustainable environment for generations to come.”
Principal Dana Heidemann ----
St. Mary Catholic School, Beaverlodge
Photo: 7G employees attend the Curl for Kids' Sake Fun-spiel in Grande Prairie, Alberta
As a company committed to supporting the communities where we operate, two teams of Seven Generations’ employees participated in the Curl for Kids’ Sake Fun-spiel in April 2019. The fundraiser supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area, a program to enhance the healthy development of children, youth and their families through positive mentorship. Both the young and more mature role models enjoyed the day filled with curling, cotton candy, door prizes and a presentation by 2010 Olympic curling silver medalist, Kristie Moore. The event was a great success with more than $12,000 raised through sponsorship and pledges from the Grande Prairie community.
Photo: Rudolph, Prancer, Ron Bakstad, Santa and Effie Elder at Mackenzie Place, Grande Prairie, Alberta
Spotted at Mackenzie Place: Santa, Rudolph and Prancer!
The holidays are meant to be a joyous time, where families come together to celebrate and spend time with loved ones. A small group of Seven Generations volunteers, clad in Santa and reindeer wear, made an extra effort this past Christmas to spend time with the residents of Mackenzie Place Continuing Care Centre.
“We surprised everyone by dropping off blankets to each resident, making sure to talk to each of them and wish them a happy holiday,” explains Matt Larson, a Completions Engineer from the Grande Prairie office. “They were just so excited to chat with us and to talk about their families. I think they especially liked that we were all dressed up and in character.”
For one Mackenzie Place resident in particular, it was an extra special moment as she said that in her 84 years, it was her very first time meeting Santa.
“We wanted to make sure that each resident received a blanket and a special visit from Santa and his helpers. These small yet meaningful interactions are sometimes the most impactful,” explains Cindy Park, Director of Community Engagement at Seven Generations.