Thank You for Your Generous Giving and Ongoing Support: The Fort McKay Group of Companies LP 11th Annual Golf Tournament
Our 11th annual sold-out golf tournament has just commenced on June 22nd at the Miskanaw Golf and Country Club in Fort McMurray. At this year’s event the rain stopped just in time for 156 anxious golfers to hit the greens for a day of fun.
We are grateful to our many sponsors, including our presenting sponsor Syncrude, for partnering with us again this year, as well as our sponsors in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Without your support, this tournament would not be possible.
Also, a special thanks to Golf Town, Dreamline Canada Inc. and the Miskanaw Golf Course for their kind contributions. And let’s not forget, the volunteers who helped to ensure that everything went off without a hitch.
Adam King, CEO of Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGOC) highlighted, “We were thrilled with the big turnout again this year and for all those who helped make it happen. We also recognize and value our collaborative partnerships with both clients and service providers as we work together in this low cost market. We remain committed to delivering reliable, safe and quality products and services. Thank you!”
Funds raised for this year’s tournament, we are happy to announce was just over $100K.
Due to the success of this annual tournament, Fort McKay First Nation community has greatly benefited from funds raised that go towards the Fort McKay Education Program.
This past year, funds have contributed to benefit particularly the Grade 11 students, with a record number of credits earned. In addition, the learning center has been recognized as the most successful outreach programs in the province by both Alberta Distance Learning and SC cyber (on line learning). We look forward to our graduation ceremony to be held in Fort McKay on July 2. Recently the Fort McKay Learning Center was changed to the Dorothy McDonald Learning Center.
This Education Program that is partially funded by these monies includes a number of initiatives offered directly within the community. It delivers educational opportunities on a foundation of strong cultural beliefs and customs and offers support to all those who participate. We believe education is hope for the future of our young people and prepares them for a lifetime of success.
For our elementary age students, the Fort McKay School provides education to kids from kindergarten through to grade six. We believe that is vitally important for children to attend school in the community where they live, especially at such a young age. This allows the whole community to support the growth and development of our young people, builds better relationships and connects them with their culture and beliefs.
For our youth and adults, the Nation provides an E-Learning Centre, where students who wish to remain in Fort McKay for their education continue to work on their educational goals. Courses are offered on-line with guidance and mentorship in a classroom environment, allowing credits to be earned towards graduation through Alberta Distance Learning.
This year the summer Student Employment Program will include a physical fitness program incorporating traditional games, which will be taught by a physical education teacher, will also allow them to earn credits that they can apply towards school. Summer Students Employment Program will also deliver a 5 day workshop to teach Summer Students how to smoke tan hide.
FMGOC, proud host of this event, is a Fort McKay First Nation band-owned company. Started in 1986, the organization has grown into a large oilfield construction and services company located in Alberta. We have aggressively leveraged opportunities that exist in our own backyard, due to oil sands development and established companies that provide both employment and revenue for the Fort McKay community. The success of FMGOC is due to its valuable business partnerships and quality services, which has contributed to its ongoing growth and success.
In total, there are ten companies in the Fort McKay First Nation portfolio, seven are majority owned and two are fully owned and operated by the Nation.
Benefits received from this tournament create opportunities for student’s young and old to have access to and support while furthering their education and therefore their dreams.