Jul
29
2015
Volume
3-5

Fort McKay Group of Companies Supports Local Youth Through Annual Golf Tournament

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The ninth annual Fort McKay Group of Companies LP Golf Tournament has once again made a big difference in the future of Aboriginal students.

$142,000, not including proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets, putting contest, mulligans and 50/50, was raised at the ninth annual tournament held this past June. Each year, funds raised have been given to the Fort McKay E-Learning Centre to supplement their core budget, often for cultural enrichment, as well as the educational programs at the Fort McKay School, including providing funding which helps pay for teacher assistants at the school.

“E-Learning students have travelled to Hawaii where they presented at the World Conference on Healing via panel discussions on the benefits of E-Learning,” shares Ona Fiddler-Berteig, E-Learning/Training Mentor. “They have also been able to attend the Gathering of Nations pow wow in New Mexico, and have also attended Inspire in Calgary, in part due to the generosity of the Fort McKay Group of Companies.”

Funded by Shell Canada and supplemented by Enbridge and the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP, the Fort McKay E Learning Centre provides an alternative program for high school students who for a variety of reasons are not attending the mainstream high schools in Fort McMurray.

With a strong cultural component, an emphasis on addressing self-esteem and building strong relationships with their students, the Fort McKay E-Learning Centre is providing opportunities for students to experience workshops, out-of-country trips, cultural camps and so much more.

This year the Centre is planning to attend the World Conference on Healing in New Zealand. In addition to the fundraising being done by the Centre, funds raised from the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP will help make this trip a reality. 

The Fort McKay Group of Companies LP is also making a big difference at the Fort McKay School, which has programs for students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight. With the goals of improving attendance, literacy, parental/community involvement, and Cree and Dene language, funds raised by the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP are going a long way to make sure these goals are achieved. The results of this dedication? The school’s attendance is improving, and they had more perfect attenders this year than last. Students are improving their literacy skills, and they now have a Parental Council group that meets once a month. A Cree instructor is currently contributing greatly to the success of students, and a Dene language program will soon be implemented, providing students the opportunity to learn both languages! 

The Fort McKay Group of Companies LP is a large oilfield construction and services company here in Northern Alberta.  First founded in 1986, it is fully owned by the Fort McKay First Nation. Having started out with one single janitorial contract, FMGOC has optimized its close proximity to the oil sands development, and established numerous oil industry-based companies that provide both employment opportunities and revenue for its community.

Their hard work and dedication isn’t limited only to the oil sands industry and other fields; it has far reaching effects within the community, as evidenced by the work being done at the Fort McKay E-Learning Centre and the Fort McKay School. 

For more information about The Fort McKay Group of Companies LP, visit fortmckaygroup.com. To learn more about the E-Learning Centre, visit www.fortmckay.com/residents_human_elearning.html. More information about the Fort McKay School can be found at fortmckayschool.ca.

KERRI LELAND

Kerri has always enjoyed a good story, and favours jotting them down on paper where her thoughts become way more organized. She has always called Alberta home, and delights in the tales that come from there. In her free time, Kerri daydreams, rides bikes, goes on long walks, and cries over videos about dogs. She also donates her time to raising two pretty fantastic kids who call her "mom".

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