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

May 25, 2006

SaskEnergy gives back to tomorrow's volunteer ambassadors

SaskEnergy has proudly partnered with Volunteer Canada to promote Global Youth Service Day initiatives around the province. SaskEnergy is committed to ensuring that volunteers will continue to be part of the Saskatchewan landscape through Global Youth Service Day Awards. These awards recognize schools and organizations that take part throughout the year in volunteer activities designed to protect the environment or better their communities.

"Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders and Global Youth Service Day Awards help instil in our young people a sense of pride and responsibility for the environment and their communities," said Andrew Thomson, Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy.

Since piloting this program in 2004, SaskEnergy has distributed 44 awards to deserving schools and organizations. To promote Global Youth Service Day 2006, SaskEnergy presented 21 awards in three categories to young people aged 18 and under.

  • SaskEnergy Volunteer Leadership Award: for groups engaging young people in environmental stewardship. This $1000.00 award was presented to Hafford Central School in Hafford for their project Students All for the Earth. From assisting the Canadian Wildlife Service in preserving habitats of endangered species to raising money for the Tsunami relief, Hafford K-12 students are models of today's environmental stewards and tomorrow's human right leaders.
  • SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards: for groups embarking on an environment project. Awards were presented to schools and youth organizations in Balcarres, Craik, Lumsden, Norquay, Regina, Regina Beach, Saskatoon and Sedley.
  • SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Community Spirit Awards: for groups creating projects that engage their communities. Awards were presented to schools and organizations in Carnduff, Christopher Lake, Eyebrow, Humboldt, Langenburg, Meadow Lake, Nipawin, Porcupine Plain and Saskatoon.

"SaskEnergy is dedicated to helping communities thrive by partnering with Volunteer Canada on this initiative," said Doug Kelln, President and CEO of SaskEnergy. "The Global Youth Service Day Awards encourage the youth of Saskatchewan to discover the contribution and rewards of volunteering. With this spirit, we at SaskEnergy hope the light of volunteering will continue to burn bright in the future."

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

For more information, contact:

Rachel Sala
Phone: (306) 777-9153
Cell: (306) 537-3565

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. 2006 marks the seventh year of GYSD. Millions of young people will participate in service projects to address their communities' development needs. Last year in Canada, youth amassed an outstanding 85,000 volunteer hours for Global Youth Service Day.

In Canada, the organization that spearheads Global Youth Service Day is Volunteer Canada. This organization also endorses SaskEnergy's Global Youth Service Day Awards and recognizes that a significant portion of volunteerism happens in small communities. Volunteer Canada's goal is to effect change by encouraging all Canadians to volunteer. Their measure of success is the effective and transformative involvement of volunteers in every aspect of Canadian life.

Cash awards provided by SaskEnergy acknowledge outstanding efforts of these many young people and help to provide much needed seed funding to help get a project off the ground or continue into another year.

SaskEnergy Volunteer Leadership Award

$1000 Award

  • Hafford Central School - Students All for the Earth - Hafford

SaskEnergy Share the Warmth™ Community Spirit Awards

$500 Awards

  • Carnduff Education Complex - Community Spirit - Carnduff
  • Carpenter High School - Mentorship Program and Project Free Child - Meadow Lake
  • Christopher Lake School - Blanket Blitz - Christopher Lake
  • Carlton Comprehensive High School - Pet Therapy Club and Risky Trails Kennels - Prince Albert
  • Eyebrow Teens - Blankets for Canada - Eyebrow
  • Holy Cross High School - Share the Warmth™ Recycling Project - Saskatoon
  • Humboldt Public School - Helping our Community - Humboldt
  • Langenburg High School - Share the Warmth™ Recycling Project - Langenburg
  • L.P. Miller Comprehensive School - Folkfest - Nipawin
  • Porcupine Plain Elementary School - Making a Difference - Porcupine Plain

SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards

$500 Awards

  • Balcarres Community School - Earthwatchers - Balcarres
  • Craik School - Sustainable Living Project - Craik
  • Girl Guides - Connecting with our Community - Regina Area
  • Lumsden High School - Renaturalization Project - Lumsden
  • M.J. Coldwell School - Relaxation Garden - Regina
  • Norquay Community School - All About Trees - Norquay
  • Saskatchewan Environmental Society - Anti-Idling Campaign - Saskatoon
  • Sedley School - In our Backyard - Sedley
  • Sister O'Brien School - Viriditas Project - Saskatoon
  • South Shore School - Greening our School - Regina Beach