In the Community
‘Your energy adventure starts here’ is the theme at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre this March Break with regular programing on hold to allow staff to focus on drop-in visitors.
So far in 2014 staff has hosted school groups from Kincardine, Lucknow, Paisley, Port Elgin, Waterloo and Montreal as well as several stakeholder delegations. Open to the public during regular hours, an additional 138 visitors have stopped by this year just to view the exhibits.
All of the displays are in service for March Break including the new World of Nuclear Energy exhibit and the giant Cost and Clean Air Calculator. Hourly films are featured in the Centre’s 100-seat theatre.
The Visitors’ Centre, which is located on County Rd. 20 (Conc. 4, Bruce Township), west of Hwy. 21, is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Bruce Power donated $7,000 to the Women’s House serving Bruce and Grey to help offset some of the costs of hosting International Women’s Day, which is a major fundraising event for the Women’s House.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 8, at the Lakeshore Recreation Banquet Hall in Port Elgin and features keynote speaker Jessie Thomson, a Kincardine native and Director of Care Canada Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Team.
Bruce Power has been a prestige sponsor of this event for the past several years.
James Scongack, VP, Corporate Affairs, presented Community Living in Port Elgin with a cheque for $50,000. This donation is part of a $100,000 two-year commitment to Community Living Owen Sound and District.
“We recognize the need for this type of program and expansion of facilities in the community,” Scongack said. “We also know how difficult it is to secure funding for bigger projects of this nature and really want to encourage everyone to try to support this initiative.”
Plans for an addition to the existing Community Living facilities in Port Elgin are well underway with construction set to start in the spring.
“We’re excited about having a ‘teaching’ kitchen and meeting room to hold about eight to 12 people comfortably,” said Nicole Hatten, Community Support Worker. “At the same time, we will also be looking at accessibility and incorporating an additional washroom and storage space.”
The addition and renovation project is expected to be completed in the fall.
For more information or to make a donation, visit http://communitylivingowensound.ca/index.php/component/k2/item/3-one-brick-at-a-time.
Community Living Kincardine and District received $50,000 from Bruce Power to assist with their Inspiring Possibilities ‘Here at Home’ Capital Campaign.
This is the second of five installments from Bruce Power to assist with the funds needed to complete the new energy efficient 12-unit apartment complex located south of Kincardine on Saratoga Road. The wheelchair accessible complex features larger living quarters, kitchen improvements and will provide tenants with a much safer living environment.
“It’s important that we support local initiatives that resonate with our employees and the community,” said Jeff Phelps, Vice President, Project Management & Construction. “Providing the funds to help build a safer home for the residents is also in keeping with Bruce Power’s value of ‘Safety First’ both on and off site.”
More than $900,000 has been raised to date with a goal to reach $1.3 million by the end of 2015.
“The support we’ve received from Bruce Power and the local community for this project has truly been tremendous,” said Charles Liddle, Community Living Kincardine and District Board Member. “We’re looking at a final push to get us to our end goal over the next few months.”
Additional fundraising events for the project will include a Health and Wellness Fair in Kincardine, on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kincardine Legion, and a golf tournament on Friday, July 11, at Ainsdale Golf Club. More information on these events can be found on the Community Living Kincardine and District website at www.clkd.ca or by contacting Andy Swan at 519-396-9434 ext. 229.
Following a kick-off session held at the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre early in January, the Kinetic Knights Robotics Team 781 is working diligently to build a robot to complete the 2014 challenge of ‘Aerial Assist.’
The challenge involves throwing or rolling giant inflatable balls through a series of goals to score points, while working with an alliance to defeat their opponents.
Bruce Power has been involved with the Kinetic Knights since 2002 and has provided $15,000 annually to assist with competition fees and program costs.
Made up of about 50 youth between the ages of 14 and 19, who live in Kincardine, Tiverton and Ripley, the Kinetic Knights are mentored by members of the community and Bruce Power who lead the team through six weeks of working together to build and compete in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition.
“This program is really about more than simply building a robot,” said Richard Yun one of the team’s mentors. “It is about building people who have not only technical skills but also strong leadership skills. For me it is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with them.”
Members of the team will not only spend time prototyping, designing, wiring and programming a robot but will also spend time writing award submissions, a formal business plan, an essay, and working on the Chairman’s submission, which involves a character essay, video and presentation.
The first competition will take place in Oshawa from March 6-8.
Bruce Power recently presented a $25,000 cheque to Habitat for Humanity of Grey Bruce to help support future housing developments in Grey and Bruce Counties. Bruce Power is contributing a total of $75,000 to the community-based, non-profit organization over a period of three years and this is the second of three installments.
“We appreciate the financial support and sponsorship that Bruce Power has given us,” Greg Fryer, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity said. “This money will go a long way in helping families who are currently waiting for affordable housing.”
Bruce Power’s donation will help with the material costs of two new homes slated for construction this spring in Saugeen Shores. The new homes will be built alongside a similar Habitat for Humanity home built on Wellington Street in 2002. These homes will feature three-bedrooms, an open-concept kitchen/living area and appliances.
“We’re extremely pleased to be a part of a program that works so hard to give families an opportunity to purchase affordable housing,” said Brian Hilbers, Chief Legal Officer and VP, Emergency Management. “We wish these families all the best as they take on their new home ownership roles, while also enjoying what the Saugeen Shores community has to offer.”
In 2013, Bruce Power supported Habitat for Humanity through:
- ‘Adopt-a-day’ where many employees volunteered their time to assist with the construction phase of one of several homes built in Hanover.
- More than 10,380 pounds of E-waste collected over a four-day period. Employees were able to drop off free of charge their old, broken technology and electronics that were recycled. Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce received dollars for all recycled material.
Habitat for Humanity builds homes with volunteer labour and as much donated or cost-reduced material as possible. Fundraising takes place to help offset the expense of materials, services and land not provided through donations. Financial support is received from individuals, corporations, service groups and the community.
Rotary Clubs of Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Southampton, Tara and Hepworth/Shallow Lake will hold their 12th Annual Winterama on February 15.
The focus this year is on ‘For the Kids’ of Grey and Bruce Counties and all funds raised will go to schools, school breakfast and lunch programs and the five participating Rotary Clubs, where funds will be put towards youth-oriented projects and programs.
During this year’s event, participants will enjoy skating, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, and curling, while gathering pledges to support youth activities.
Event organizers Gerry Moss, left, and Erin Zorzi, centre, accept a $1,000 cheque from Bruce Power’s Rob Liddle, Communications Manager, Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre.