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April 22, 2005 - Lumsden Youth Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

April 22, 2005

Lumsden Youth Recognized
for Environmental Stewardship

The entire community of Lumsden is benefiting from the volunteer efforts and energy from youth at a local school.

Students at Lumsden High School have transformed an empty field behind the school into a natural green space, and SaskEnergy is proud to have supported the young volunteers' efforts. A $500 grant was presented to student organizers as part of SaskEnergy's 2004 Global Youth Service Day Awards in partnership with Volunteer Canada.

"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."

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.

The Lumsden High School Grounds Naturalization Project created a natural area that can be used by students, residents and travelers on the Trans-Canada Trail. Planning began in the fall of 2003, and in addition to the plants and paths, the entire park is wheelchair accessible and includes benches, picnic tables and a gazebo, which can serve as an outdoor classroom.

For more information, contact:

Candace Weimer
Communications Coordinator
W: 306.777.9985 or 306.537.3565