In the Community
Bruce Power, with the assistance of Ipsos-Reid, is currently conducting independent public opinion research among residents of Bruce, Grey and Huron Counties.
This research helps Bruce Power ensure it has a good understanding of the general public’s attitudes and opinions and helps ensure the company is effectively communicating with residents.
Ipsos-Reid will be conducting the research via telephone over the next several days and includes questions on a number of topics and issues, including: energy/electricity issues in the community, support for nuclear energy and refurbishment of the Bruce facility, familiarity with and attitudes towards Bruce Power.
Results of the polling will be available on the Bruce Power website.
To commemorate Remembrance Day, Bruce Power held a ceremony on its site to honour Canada’s soldiers, veterans and those who have died in the line of duty.
The company also presented a $110,000 cheque to Wounded Warriors Canada.
“It’s humbling, the courage and strength the members of our Armed Forces show every day,” said Harry Hall, Vice President, Supply Chain, who is himself a veteran. “We hope this donation will make it easier for our wounded soldiers to transition back to civilian life.”
The money was raised earlier this year through Bruce Power’s Supply Chain at its annual suppliers’ conference, in Collingwood. As a result, $210,000 was raised, with the United Way of Bruce-Grey receiving the other $100,000.
Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that assists Canadian Forces members who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. The foundation provides assistance to transition the soldiers back to civilian life. The organization’s primary focus is on mental health and learning to cope with the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
In October, Bruce Power employees and contractors also raised nearly $16,000 for Helmets to Hardhats, which helps veterans and reservists find apprenticeships in the skilled trades.
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
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.
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.