En­ergy com­pany pro­vides fi­nan­cial, vol­un­teer sup­port for Western Canada Sum­mer Games

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPINION - By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­[email protected]­t.com

A ma­jor Canadian en­ergy com­pany is pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial and vol­un­teer sup­port for the 2019 Western Canada Sum­mer Games in Swift Cur­rent.

TC En­ergy, un­til re­cently known as Tran­sCanada Corp., will be a gold level spon­sor of the event, which will kick off in less than a month.

The an­nounce­ment of TC En­ergy’s fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment of $15,000 and vol­un­teer sup­port for the ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion took place at the com­pany’s Swift Cur­rent premises, July 11.

Steve Loney, the indige­nous and com­mu­nity re­la­tions liaison for TC En­ergy’s cen­tral re­gion, said the com­pany is re­ally proud to be a part of the Western Canada Sum­mer Games.

“We like to sup­port com­mu­nity events that are im­por­tant to com­mu­ni­ties and this par­tic­u­lar event is im­por­tant to the coun­try,” he men­tioned. “We’ll have peo­ple visit­ing Swift Cur­rent, taking in sport­ing events. So we’ll have fam­ily mem­bers of em­ploy­ees, we’ll have neigh­bours, landown­ers, all kinds of folks here to take in these games and a great op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of a games com­pe­ti­tion.”

The com­pany pro­vides em­ploy­ment to just over 20 peo­ple at its Swift Cur­rent lo­ca­tion, and some of them will vol­un­teer at the set of four ten­nis courts in River­side Park, which has been resur­faced in prepa­ra­tion of the Sum­mer Games.

“TC En­ergy will be on site with some of our em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers, and we’re look­ing for­ward to en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity,” he said. “The ten­nis venue is go­ing to be very high pro­file, a part of the legacy of the Games, a lot of work be­ing done on in­fra­struc­ture through­out the town and sur­round­ing area. So we’re very proud to be part of that.”

It is part of the com­pany’s cor­po­rate val­ues to be in­volved in com­mu­ni­ties where their em­ploy­ees live and work, which is also the rea­son for the vol­un­teer com­mit­ment.

“So our em­ploy­ees – it’s ac­tu­ally also employee driven – want to get in­volved and be a part of this mo­men­tous sport­ing event that is hap­pen­ing here in town,” he said.

TC En­ergy has ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing in­volved with big events in other com­mu­ni­ties, and Loney said it has been pos­i­tive.

“The games ex­pe­ri­ences that we’ve had in other mar­kets, much like we’re go­ing to have here, just create a real en­ergy and ex­cite­ment,” he said.

Friends of the Games Di­rec­tor Scott Cas­sidy ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards the com­pany for sup­port­ing the Sum­mer Games.

“We did reach out to these guys early 2018,” he re­called. “It’s one of these ones again that has been in the works for a long time and TC En­ergy just re­ally con­nected with the Games right away. So they were in. We talked to some vice pres­i­dents in the mar­ket­ing depart­ment and next thing you know our check was sent in the mail.”

He felt it made a dif­fer­ence if com­pa­nies they spoke to have a lo­cal pres­ence in the Swift Cur­rent area.

“All the ones that we’ve landed suc­cess­fully have went through the lo­cal branch and then it’s the em­ploy­ees who want to be a part of this,” he said.

The host­ing of the Sum­mer Games will not be pos­si­ble with­out the in­volve­ment of vol­un­teers, and it is a real ben­e­fit if cor­po­rate in­volve­ment in­cludes vol­un­teer­ing by em­ploy­ees.

“Talk­ing to the lo­cal staff here to­day, they all talk about vol­un­teer­ing, and that’s the buzz that’s been gen­er­ated here from the Games,” Cas­sidy said.

One of the goals of the cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship is to con­nect com­pa­nies to each of the sports at the Sum­mer Games.

“We’ve got 16 of them, and that was our fundrais­ing goal from the start to sell all the sports, and I am happy to say that we’re very, very near that goal,” he said.

“We’ve got a month left basically and I think we have got one or two sports just to fi­nal­ize and then every sport would be sold out to these games. So that’s great.”

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