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May 4, 2004 - LaRonge's Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

May 4, 2004

LaRonge's Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

Students at Churchill High School in LaRonge are leading their community in a recycling initiative.

Students are collecting recyclable material, and they're also educating residents on their new program. SaskEnergy is proud to support the young volunteers' efforts. A $500 grant is being awarded to students 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."

Students are volunteering to collect and recycle material from the school and neighborhood. While the young people do a spring clean up in the community, they're also delivering flyers to homes to inform residents of the paper recycling depot at the school. The initiative began this spring, and organizers hope to continue it into the fall.

"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