TransCanada delivers the dough, with $1.67 million gift to Calgary’s United Way campaign
CALGARY, Alberta – December 7, 2005 – The lobby of the TransCanada Tower was transformed into a cooking show set today as a Julia Child look-alike helped TransCanada present the company’s largest ever donation to Calgary’s United Way campaign.
Doing away with the usual big cheque, “Julia” (local actor Gery Schubert) and TransCanada employees did some custom baking that formed the numbers of the $1, 669,553 raised by all personnel and retirees in the company’s annual campaign to raise funds for United Way of Calgary and Area.
With the help of employees, TransCanada executive vice-president Don Wishart presented the “dough” to Shannon Bowen-Smed, co-chair of Calgary and Area United Way campaign.
“With so many TransCanada employees and retirees participating in this year’s campaign, it’s extremely exciting to know that donations and volunteer hours will make a difference,” said Mr. Wishart.
“It’s fantastic that TransCanada employees rallied around such a great cause to make an impact in our community. Their campaign achievement is a reflection of their teamwork and dedication to truly making a difference in Calgary,” says Ms. Bowen-Smed. “Every effort counts – each employee that participated in this amazing achievement, whether they donated their time or money, has taken us one step closer to making our city truly great for everyone.”
“Because of the efforts of TransCanada employees, one more person will receive a bagged lunch for work, one more person will be safe from domestic violence, and one more person will work with United Way to identify solutions to our community’s most pressing needs. It’s the thanks of Calgary’s most vulnerable people that I pass along to TransCanada today,” says Bowen-Smed.
TransCanada’s week-long United Way campaign took place in the fall and engaged personnel and retirees in fundraising, awareness and community events. In addition to surpassing the campaign goal of $1.25 million dollars, TransCanada also exceeded its goal of 150 “Leaders”, with 193 employees and retirees each giving $1000 or more to the United Way of Calgary and Area.
TransCanada’s United Way campaign theme was “Just imagine…changing a life” – reinforcing the positive impact a single person can have in the community.
TransCanada and its employees are among Western Canada’s largest contributors to United Way. Over the past nine years, TransCanada has donated approximately $12 million to the United Way of Calgary and Area. The company shows strong support for United Way by matching 100 per cent of all donations from employees, contractors and retirees. During the 2005 campaign, employee canvassers personally visited and discussed United Way donation opportunities with the company’s Calgary and area employees and contractors.
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