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Bruce Power employees raise $8,300 for flood relief in India, Pakistan

Vaj Banday, left, STEO Engineering Training Team, and Dwight Irwin, Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead, counted the money raised during the Sept. 18 gate collection for flood relief in Kashmir, India, and Pakistan. Bruce Power employees generously donated $8,300 to the Red Cross for relief in the area.

Vaj Banday, left, STEO Engineering Training Team, and Dwight Irwin, Sponsorship and Community Investment Lead, counted the money raised during the Sept. 18 gate collection for flood relief in Kashmir, India, and Pakistan. Bruce Power employees generously donated $8,300 to the Red Cross for relief in the impacted areas.

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Bruce Power helps fund innovative educational program for local Aboriginal youth

Bruce Power is teaming up with the Bluewater District School Board and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative to offer an innovative educational program for local Aboriginal youth.

The Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program uses hands-on activities to improve students’ proficiency in business mathematics, financial literacy, accounting, marketing, information/communications technology and social responsibility, while supporting the acquisition of leadership skills.

“The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative is very pleased to join Bruce Power in offering the Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Saugeen District Secondary School,” said the Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and former Prime Minister of Canada.

Bruce Power has provided $41,000 in funding in keeping with its goal of working to build strong, long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities and supporting educational opportunities for young people.

“This program is designed to give students the tools to go out and be successful, but it’s also about hopes and dreams,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s our sincere hope these students dream big and acquire the tools to make those dreams come true.”

Eighteen Aboriginal students are enrolled in the program at SDSS, which began earlier this month.

“The Bluewater District School Board is pleased to work in partnership with Bruce Power and to have the opportunity to pilot the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative program at Saugeen District Secondary School for our First Nation and Métis students,” said Lori Wilder

Superintendent of Education at the board. “This is a unique program to teach Aboriginal youth how to launch a business and to encourage them to stay in school where they can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve success in school and beyond.”

For more information on the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative click www.maei-ieam.ca

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Bruce Power donates $6,000 to Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation

To honour first responders who died while saving lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Bruce Power has donated $6,000 to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF).

“Although we should pay our respects to these brave heroes every day, their courage on Sept. 11, 2001, will forever remind us of the selfless acts firefighters perform each time they put on their uniform,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power President and CEO. “The Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation assists the families of these heroes while honouring their memories through an annual service in Ottawa, and Bruce Power is incredibly proud to play a role in the good work it does.”

In 2012, the CFFF completed the new Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa just west of Parliament Hill, and near the Canadian War Museum. The memorial honours firefighters of Canada who died in the line of duty and provides a place for their families, and all Canadians, to reflect on their heroism.

To learn more about the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, visit www.cfff.ca.

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Bruce Power Summer Bus Tour program a rousing success

The July-August bus tour program at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre wrapped up on Aug. 28, far exceeding expectations with its return this summer after a 13 year hiatus.

Nearly 1,700 members of the public took part in 44 tours over the summer months with every bus going out full. Originally staged on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 and 2 p.m., two Tuesday tours were added for the month of August to help meet overwhelming demand.

“Even with the extra tour day we still had people on waiting lists,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Many of them visited the Visitors’ Centre anyway to check out the exhibits and hourly film presentations.”

In addition to the tour participants, approximately 2,500 visitors dropped in to the Visitors’ Centre without appointment in July and August, bringing the total number of drop-in visitors to more than 3,500 so far in 2014.

Saturday, Aug. 30, is the last day of the summer program at the Visitors’ Centre with regular Monday-to-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours (closed statutory holidays) resuming after Labour Day.

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Bruce Power donates $10,000 to Summerfolk

Dwight Irwin, left, Bruce Power Community Investment and Sponsorship, donates $10,000 to Anne Beverly-Foster, Georgian Bay Folks Society Office Administrator, and Phil Bye, GBFS President and membership of the fundraising committee, to help with the 39th annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, which was held Aug. 15-17 in Owen Sound.

Dwight Irwin, left, Bruce Power Community Investment and Sponsorship, donates $10,000 to Anne Beverly-Foster, Georgian Bay Folks Society Office Administrator, and Phil Bye, GBFS President and membership of the fundraising committee, to help with the 39th annual Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, which was held Aug. 15-17 in Owen Sound.

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Bruce Power donates $5,000 to Southampton Art School

Bruce Power recently donated $5,000 to the Southampton Art School for its summer program. Some of the youngsters enjoying their week were Loren Keen, left, Georgia Dolishny, Eva Zizovic, Avery Boggs, Cole Taylor, Sam Keen, Callum Taylor, Mason Dolishny, Liam ten Kortenaar, Owen McGregor and Mira Zizovic.

Bruce Power recently donated $5,000 to the Southampton Art School for its summer program. Some of the youngsters enjoying their week were Loren Keen, left, Georgia Dolishny, Eva Zizovic, Avery Boggs, Cole Taylor, Sam Keen, Callum Taylor, Mason Dolishny, Liam ten Kortenaar, Owen McGregor and Mira Zizovic.

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Skills Ontario Camp wraps up at Visitors’ Centre

Sue Macleod, Bruce Power Communications Coordinator, presents Gracienne Swarbrick of Port Elgin with an iPad Mini at the conclusion of a week-long Skills Ontario Camp at the Visitors’ Centre, last week. Gracienne won the iPad after exhibiting traits and skills that qualified her for a draw with other finalists.

Sue Macleod, Bruce Power Communications Coordinator, presents Gracienne Swarbrick of Port Elgin with an iPad Mini at the conclusion of a week-long Skills Ontario Camp at the Visitors’ Centre, last week. Gracienne won the iPad after exhibiting traits and skills that qualified her for a draw with other finalists.

Fifteen campers participated in this year’s Skills Ontario Camp at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre exploring skilled trades and technology with hands-on activities.

Facilitated in conjunction by Skills Ontario staff and Wendy Hus, an Authorized Nuclear Operator at Bruce Power, this year’s program involved 15 students ranging in age from 12 to 14. The students participated in many hands-on activities and heard from Saugeen Shores Mayor Mike Smith, Information Technology Solution Architect Brian Moss, Executive Director of Women in Nuclear Canada Joy Shikaze and others.

They were also provided with a bus tour of the Bruce Power site and visited the facility’s Bruce Learning Centre and Bruce Skills and Technology Training Centre.

Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization that promotes skilled trades and technology as viable career options for young people. More information can be found at http www.skillsontario.com.

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Recent polling not conducted by Bruce Power

Bruce Power has received questions from members of the public about recent polling which includes questions about emergency preparedness, evacuation routes and KI pills.

Bruce Power is not involved in the poll and received anecdotal reports by employees and people in the community that raised issue with the tone of the questions. While any organization is free to conduct public opinion polling, Bruce Power wanted to confirm this was not commissioned by the company.

Bruce Power is an industry-leader in the area of emergency preparedness and is proud of the fact that 91 per cent of residents in Grey, Bruce and Huron have confidence the Bruce Nuclear facility operates safely, according to polling conducted by Bruce Power earlier this year. Bruce Power is transparent with its annual polling of local residents conducted each year and posts the results of the poll on its website and releases to members of the public.

Here is a link to our most recent public opinion polling http://www.brucepower.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Bruce-Power-Bruce-Grey-Huron-Report-Highlights-FINAL-Apr1.pdf.

Read more about Bruce Power and the nuclear industry’s commitment to emergency preparedness.

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Bruce Power donates bird boxes to First Nation communities

Bruce Power’s Francis Chua, Department Manager of Environment and Sustainability, and Caroline Scott, right, development student, presented bird boxes to April John, left, and Melissa Solomon, Right to Play Mentors from Saugeen and Chippewas of Nawash First Nation respectively, at Bruce Power’s annual Aboriginal Day Celebration, on June 20. “Bruce Power wanted to share the bird boxes with those who would appreciate the creation of habitat for our friends, the birds,” Francis said. “We share this environment with each other and this is a way of giving back to nature.  The birds that could use these as homes are birds such as the Ash-throated Flycatcher, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, and Violet-green Swallow.  We hope these make good homes for everyone to enjoy.”

Bruce Power’s Francis Chua, Department Manager of Environment and Sustainability, and Caroline Scott, right, development student, presented bird boxes to April John, left, and Melissa Solomon, Right to Play Mentors from Saugeen and Chippewas of Nawash First Nation respectively, at Bruce Power’s annual Aboriginal Day Celebration, on June 20. “Bruce Power wanted to share the bird boxes with those who would appreciate the creation of habitat for our friends, the birds,” Francis said. “We share this environment with each other and this is a way of giving back to nature. The birds that could use these as homes are birds such as the Ash-throated Flycatcher, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, and Violet-green Swallow. We hope these make good homes for everyone to enjoy.”

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Bruce Power invites community to learn about radiation

Dr. Doug Boreham was filmed in the New Fuel Room at Bruce A in 2009 for a Discovery Channel production called How Does That Work.  He’ll be featured at a Radiation and the Environment seminar at the Visitors’ Centre on July 8.

Dr. Doug Boreham was filmed in the New Fuel Room at Bruce A in 2009 for a Discovery Channel production called How Does That Work. He’ll be featured at a Radiation and the Environment seminar at the Visitors’ Centre on July 8.

Interested members of the public are invited to attend a Radiation and the Environment seminar at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre, on July 8, from 1-2 p.m.

Presented by Bruce Power as part of ongoing outreach efforts, the free seminar will feature Dr. Doug Boreham, Professor of Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences at McMaster University and Division Head of Medical Sciences at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

“Bruce Power always strives to provide as much real, factual information as possible to the people of our surrounding communities and across Ontario,” said James Scongack, Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “Dr. Boreham is one of the foremost experts in the field of nuclear medicine, yet can explain radiation in terms everyone can understand.”

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis with a complimentary lunch provided. To register call the Visitors’ Centre at 519-361-7777 or email bnpdvisitorcentre@brucepower.com.

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