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May 4, 2004 - Lumsden Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

May 4, 2004

Lumsden Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The entire community of Lumsden is benefiting from the volunteer efforts of Lumsden High School.

Students are transforming an empty field behind the school into a natural green space, and SaskEnergy is proud to support the young volunteers' efforts. A $500 grant was presented to student organizers this morning as part of the SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards in partnership with Volunteer Canada.

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The awards are in recognition of Global Youth Service Day, April 16, 2004. SaskEnergy is the first corporate partner to promote this initiative in Saskatchewan.

"SaskEnergy is dedicated to addressing the needs of communities through service and sees this partnership with Volunteer Canada as a step toward ensuring volunteerism remains a strong part of Saskatchewan communities, "said Leslie Gosselin, SaskEnergy Manager of Community Relations & Advertising. "This partnership is important because nearly half of the people in Saskatchewan get involved in community initiatives every year, the highest level of participation of any province."

The Lumsden High School Grounds Naturalization Project is creating a natural area that can be used by students, residents and travelers on the Trans-Canada Trail. Planning began last fall, and students hope to have the work completed by June 2005. In addition to the plants and paths, the park will include benches, picnic tables and a gazebo to serve as an outdoor classroom.

"Through the ongoing work of the Canadian Volunteerism Initiative, Volunteer Canada has established, and continues to support, local networks of volunteer-involving organizations from coast to coast," said Tracey Mann, President, Volunteer Canada. "We celebrate and recognize Canada's 6.5 million volunteers through National Volunteer Week, Global Youth Service Day, December 5 - I WILL Volunteer and the Canadian Forum on Volunteerism."

For more information, please contact:

Leanne Persicke
Communications Consultant