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April 15, 2005 - SaskEnergy Leader in Building the Volunteer Team of Tomorrow

April 15, 2005

SaskEnergy Leader in Building the
Volunteer Team of Tomorrow

In Saskatchewan's centennial year, SaskEnergy will proudly partner with Volunteer Canada in promoting Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 15-17, 2005. SaskEnergy is committed to ensuring that volunteers will continue to be part of the Saskatchewan landscape for the next 100 years through their Global Youth Service Day Awards.

"Everyday in Saskatchewan people give selflessly of their time and their energy to support causes important to them and their communities," said Harry Van Mulligen, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. "Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. They will lead Saskatchewan through its next hundred years. We need to give young people the opportunities to experience volunteering for themselves. As such, the SaskEnergy Global Youth Service Day Awards are designed to make volunteering a positive experience that will leave a lasting impression."

To promote Global Youth Service Day 2005, SaskEnergy offered two categories of awards to young people aged 18 and under:

  • SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards: for groups embarking on an environment project. Awards were presented to schools and youth organizations in Blaine Lake, Regina, Meadow Lake, Nokomis, Lloydminster, Duck Lake, and Vanguard.
  • SaskEnergy Centennial Volunteer Leadership Awards: for groups engaging young people in environmental stewardship. Awards were presented to schools in Prince Albert, Lloydminster, and Regina.

"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 Doug Kelln, President and CEO of SaskEnergy. "The Global Youth Service Day Awards are important because Saskatchewan has the highest level of participation per capita of any Canadian province - and SaskEnergy is dedicated to helping it stay that way by fostering a commitment to community services in the next generation of volunteers to carry the torch."

To find out more information about the program, visit: www.gysd.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Kristin Kutarna Gates
Community Involvement Coordinator
W: 306.777.9985


Global Youth Service Day - Background

Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth-led volunteering event in the world with over 150 countries and 34 international organizations taking part. 2005 marks the sixth year of GYSD. Millions of young people will participate in service projects to address their communities' development needs.

In Canada, the organization that spearheads Global Youth Service Day is Volunteer Canada. This organization also endorses SaskEnergy's Global Youth Service Day Awards.

"Our youth are making an amazing contribution to our communities, volunteering a total of 154 million hours in 2000-an annual average of about 130 hours each," says Marlene Deboisbriand, President of Volunteer Canada. "This is an incredible accomplishment, and an invaluable resource to this country. Attracting youth to volunteering is essential for the future of the volunteer sector. If we encourage youth to get interested in volunteering today, they'll carry that spirit with them into the future and become the volunteers of tomorrow."

SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards

  • Blaine Lake Composite School - Community Clean-Up - Blaine Lake
  • Cochrane High School - Youth Forum for Sustainability - Regina
  • Jonas Samson Jr. High School - Environmental Action Representatives (E. A. R. S.).- Meadow Lake
  • Nokomis School - Student for Hire & Town Clean-Up - Nokomis
  • Queen Elizabeth School - Eco-kids Club - Lloydminster
  • Regina Area Girl Guides - Connecting with our Community - Regina
  • Stobart Community School - School Clean-Up - Duck Lake
  • Vanguard Community School - Community Clean-up - Vanguard

SaskEnergy Centennial Volunteer Leadership Awards

$1000 Awards

  • Carlton Comprehensive High School - Carlton Pet Therapy Program - Prince Albert
  • Lloydminster Comprehensive High School - Active Leadership Council - Lloydminster
  • Thom Collegiate-International Baccalaureate Kenya Creativity Action Service - Regina

$500 Awards

  • St. John Community School - Community Service - Prince Albert
  • St. Thomas School-Children Reaching Out to Children - Lloydminster