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Several community programs are getting a boost thanks to a large donation by Tolko.
On Monday, Jan. 16, the Town of High Level was presented a cheque for $10,000 by the local mill, with $5,000 earmarked for the Town’s Snow Angels program and $5,000 headed to community programming at the R.E. Walter Memorial Aquatic Centre and the High Level Sports Complex.
Coun. Terry Jessiman and Josh Lambert were on hand for the presentation and welcomed the news, citing the importance of continued good partnerships with the business community to provide support for residents.
“It’s great for the community,” said Jessiman.
“It gives the town more opportunities with the long winters and in the summer. We really appreciate Tolko as a great partner in town. It means that much more for the families in our community.”
Tolko is such a huge employer in town,” said Lambert. “And with this community they give back any way they can. It’s support for their families as well, the ones who work there, but it is great for things like in the winter months when everyone is looking for stuff to do.”
Community Development Manager Jena Clarke highlighted how support from Tolko will affect residents directly in a positive way.
“It’s so nice and super important because it gives the residents an opportunity to go swimming for free, skating for free, an opportunity to try different programs for free,” she said. “It also really helps our Snow Angels program, which helps seniors and people with disabilities to clear their driveways.
The Snow Angels program is a Town initiative helping seniors and residents with mobility issues with snow clearing. The program was subsidized through grant funding last year but switched to
a sponsorship model this year when the funding was no longer available. The donation by Tolko will go to help offset the costs associated with the program.
Tolko is amazing,” said Clarke. “They sponsor a lot of our programs. If ever there is something we really need, we always reach out to our partners at Tolko.”
Tolko Plant Manager Gary Ross said the donation is part of Tolko’s ongoing commitment to improve access to services and provide support to communities where their employees and their families live, work, and play.
“I think every year we really look for ways that we can make an impact in the community,” he said.
“We have a very large workforce in this community and they spend a lot of time here, and we often look to our employees for feedback on where this money will make an impact, and how we can better the community.”
For more information on the Snow Angels program, please contact FCSS at 780-821-4010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please watch the Town’s social media pages for information on programming at the aquatic centre and sports complex.