Garold Danyluk chair of the 2017 Husky Has Heart campaign presented a sealed cheque to Valerie Sommerfeld on behalf of Lloydminster & District United Way. The Husky Energy employee giving campaign distributed $146,000 to 10 local agencies on Friday at Husky Place. The 2018 campaign is in full swing. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO
The beat goes on for the annual Husky Has Heart campaign, which supports local non-profit agencies to provide needed community services and programs.
The Husky Energy employee giving campaign distributed $146,000 to 10 local agencies at the Lloydminster Husky Place Friday, to wrap up the 2017 program.
The presentation of funds happened while 2018 fundraising action got underway.
“We’re already having a little bit of a parking lot raffle today so that’s on the go, and there’s other things like wheel barrel raffles,” said new campaign manager Al MacLauchlan, vice-president downstream operations.
MacLauchlan accepted the torch from out-going campaign chair, Garold Danyluk, manager of the Lloydminster Asphalt Refinery, who thanked employees for their efforts over the past year.
“Being strong corporate citizens is important to us as residents,” he said, before presenting the cheques to representatives from benefiting agencies.
“We want our community to be vibrant and strong; that’s why we hold this campaign and that’s the purpose behind your fundraising.”
Jacqueline Weed, director of service delivery for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster, accepted a cheque for $11,767, calling it fantastic.
“We so greatly appreciate the support we get from Husky every year,” she said.
“It makes a huge difference to provide the services that we provide—we put this portion of the funds we receive to our after-school program.”
About $10,500 went to the Canadian Cancer Society with Kalina Barlow, a fundraising specialist from Saskatoon office, expressing gratitude for the funds.
“We definitely appreciate it; without all of our sponsors and donors we couldn’t do what we do and help people living with cancer in Canada,” said Barlow.
Diabetes Canada will spend their $10,000 donation from Husky on research for a cure for the disease.
“The money that Husky donates goes toward research and a significant amount of that research happens in Alberta,” said Faith Rowland, account manager community development, who works in Saskatoon.
She said there’s about 288,000 people in Alberta living with diabetes and about 100,000 in Saskatchewan.
Barlow noted Lloydminster is served by offices in Saskatoon and Edmonton.
This year’s campaign also provided donations to run programs by KidSport and the Lloydminster & District United Way, Lloydminster & District SPCA, Lloydminster Handivan Society, Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, Salvation Army, and Telemiracle.
“It’s a great day for our Husky employees in Lloydminster and getting all these funds together,” said MacLauchlan.
He also thanked Paul Zorgdrager, vice-president heavy oil for supporting the corporate portion of the funding that goes into the Husky Has Heart campaign.
“There’s different events that happen throughout the year and from there we end up culminating it in the fall when we do a campaign where we get employee donations,” explained MacLauchlan.
“So there’s a portion from fundraising events; there’s a portion from the employees, and then there’s a portion from corporate.”
The previous year’s campaign raised $125,000.