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November 3, 2004 - SaskEnergy First Corporate Partner of Global Youth Service Day

November 3, 2004

SaskEnergy First Corporate Partner of Global Youth Service Day

SaskEnergy is the first corporate partner in Saskatchewan to collaborate with Volunteer Canada to promote Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17, 2005. As well, SaskEnergy is proud to present the 2nd Annual Global Youth Service Day awards on February 28, 2005. SaskEnergy began the awards in 2004 because the company wanted to foster the volunteer spirit in young people.

"SaskEnergy recognizes the value of volunteers because it was the spirit of volunteerism that built this province over the last 100 years," said Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Advertising & Community Relations for SaskEnergy. "Our theme for the coming Centennial year is: 'Champion of Volunteers,' which we feel is very fitting as the province prepares to build vibrant communities of tomorrow - and we believe that begins with the youth of today. That's why SaskEnergy is taking a proactive step to ensure our province's next 100 years is as prosperous as the last by encouraging young people to volunteer with our Global Youth Service Day Awards."

The 2005 Global Youth Service Day Awards are available to youth aged 18 and younger. Ten $500 environmental project grants and five Share the Warmth barbecues are some of the great prizes available, as well as a $1000 Centennial Volunteer Leadership grant toward enhancing an individual or group's volunteer efforts. The 2004 awards were a great success with schools and service clubs all across the province participating.

"Our student body, teachers, and community have all come together to make our project, a naturalized school ground, a success," said Rhonda Phillips, Lumsden High School. "Students are using the picnic tables, purchased for the school grounds with the grant from the SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Award, as a place to work on labs and congregate for instruction. The picnic tables are the one part of this project that pulls the whole school together so everyone feels like they have made a contribution."

This week every school in the province will be sent information about both Global Youth Service Day and the SaskEnergy awards program. Youth representing service organizations are also eligible to apply.

Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth-led volunteering event in the world with over 150 countries and 34 international organizations taking part. Nearly half of the people in Saskatchewan get involved in community initiatives every year, the highest level of participation of any province.

2004 SaskEnergy Youth EnvironAction Award Winners:

Naicam School
Creativity took flight when students planted a garden to attract butterflies and birds.

Churchill High School, La Ronge
Students jumped into action with a community spring clean up and recycling bee.

Craik School
Students have the bright idea to sell energy conserving light bulbs in the community.

Queen Elizabeth School, Lloydminster
The EcoKidz Club get their team involved in a school ground greening project with new trees and flowers, and designed their own webpage.

Lumsden High School
Ambitious students transformed an empty field from barren to beautiful for a naturalized, chemical-free school ground.

Street Culture Kidz Project, Regina
Regina residents learn the three R's of painting from Street Culture's efforts to collect old paint … reduce, re-use, and recycle!

Girl Guides of Canada, Regina Area
165 girls from ages 5 - 16 put their slogan "you go girl!" into action with 15 service projects in one day!

Rosthern High School
Local students hit the streets cleaning up downtown and helping seniors beautify their yards.

2004 SaskEnergy Share the Warmth Community Spirit Award Winner

O'Neill High School Interact Club (Rotary International Youth Group), Regina
This dynamic youth service group catalogued thousands of used Canadian text books for shipping to under-resourced schools in Ghana.

For more information, or to request an application form, visit www.gysd.ca, or contact:

Kristin Kutarna Gates
Community Involvement Coordinator
1000 - 1777 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Tel: (306) 777-9985