Bruce Power, its employees, the Power Workers Union and The Society of Energy Professionals have joined together to raise more than $40,000 to assist northern Ontario communities devastated by forest fires.
“Whenever there has been a need in the community, the province or around the world, our employees have been quick to jump in to help,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “As a company that lives its values, we believe we have a responsibility to offer a helping hand when people need it.”
A collection was held at buildings across the Bruce Power site last Wednesday for employees and the company matched those funds raised dollar for dollar.
“Our members have demonstrated an enormous capacity for caring when it comes to helping people in need,” said Larry Alderdice, Chief Steward and Sector Representative for the Power Workers’ Union. “It’s clear this is a situation where our fellow Ontarians need our assistance.”
Forest fires and resulting smoke threatened several First Nations communities and forced the evacuation of thousands of people in northern Ontario. Twenty-five new fires recently started, bringing the total of fires burning across the province to 131.
“Our thoughts go out to the people of northern Ontario as they struggle through a very stressful and difficult time,” said Dave Myette, Bruce Power Local Vice President of The Society of Energy Professionals. “We’re proud to partner with Bruce Power and the Power Workers’ Union to offer our assistance.”
In response to both the urgency and employee concern, Bruce Power and its union partners are teaming up with the Canadian Red Cross to support response efforts through the Ontario Zone Disaster Management Program.
Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to assist the evacuees by operating a Central Registration and Inquiry Bureau, which helps families connect with loved ones, assists with shelter management, provides cots and blankets, and helps meet immediate needs such as clothing, while providing personal items like baby supplies and hygiene products.
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Bruce Power is a partnership among Cameco Corporation, TransCanada Corporation, BPC Generation Infrastructure Trust, a trust established by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, the Power Workers’ Union and The Society of Energy Professionals.
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