In the Community
Bruce Power employees and its suppliers continue to make a difference in the community.
The company recently donated $100,000 to United Way of Bruce Grey with money raised at the annual Supply Chain conference and golf tournament earlier in the year. The employee payroll deduction plan also has raised an additional $102,000 this year.
The Supply Chain donation is earmarked for United Way of Bruce Grey’s backpack program, while the employee contributions go to various projects in the supported communities.
“The Bruce Power support means that we can do what we need to do because it is so significant in terms of the dollar value, but also in terms of the consistency and dependability for us,” said Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director of United Way of Bruce Grey. “We know it’s there and we know we have the ongoing support of Bruce Power in all the projects that we do.”
Francesca said having Bruce Power as a partner is vital to the organization.
“It’s a significant piece of the United Way’s fundraising overall, as well as the ongoing support we get in the community through Bruce Power workers volunteering at events and contributing that way,” she said.
“We’re in regular communication with Bruce Power about everything we’re doing in the community and what the emerging needs are, so it’s tremendous to have that support.”
Staff at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre is gearing up for 2015 with a new, interactive Radiation Exhibit that was installed earlier this week.
Manufactured by Stevens E3 in London, ON, the exhibit illustrates types and sources of radiation, as well as techniques nuclear energy workers use to minimize exposure. It features a video component as well as a hands-on, role playing activity.
The Visitors’ Centre is open from Monday to Friday year-round, as well as Saturdays in July and August. It will be closed from Dec. 22 until Jan. 5 for year-end holidays.
For more information call 519-361-7777 or email BNPDVisitorCentre@brucepower.com.
Over the next two weeks, throughout the region and the province, new municipal councils will be sworn in for four-year terms.
Today, Bruce Power is releasing a briefing for these individuals that outlines the important contribution Bruce Power and nuclear as a whole makes in keeping electricity prices low for our families and businesses, while supporting economic growth in Ontario.
This brief will be provided to all council members within our region and will also be provided to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
Consistent with our commitment to openness, a copy of the report has been posted for any interested individuals to download and view.
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