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

May 4, 2004

Rosthern's Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

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

Students are cleaning up the downtown area of the community and donating their time to help seniors with their spring yard work. 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."

After the snow melts, litter and garbage is often revealed on Rosthern's Main Street. Students spruced up the area by picking up the garbage as a thank you to local businesses that support their school. As well, the students offered to work in teams to do spring clean up on senior citizens' property. They volunteered their service to help seniors that still live independently in their homes but may not be able to take care of their yards.

"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