The United Way of Northern B.C. received a boon from Shell in Fort St. John this week.
Shell’s northeast British Columbia staff celebrated their $100,065 donation to the United Way, the result of a 2012 fundraising campaign that included a charity golf tournament, a fire truck pull and a payroll deduction drive whereby the company matches every dollar donated by a Shell employee.
Niki Hedges of United Way Northern BC is very grateful for that support.
“United Way is about building healthy communities,” said Hedges.
“We help flow funds to help support programs and services where there is a critical need,” she continued. “So, the more that we build awareness in our community about the work of United Way and the long lasting impact – positive impact – that we have on large numbers of people in communities in northern B.C., we change people’s lives. And people are helped and supported to become strong and stand on their feet in order to be able to be part of the community in which they live.
“I think we all like to feel that what we do matters. And I strongly feel that, through supporting United Way, you know that your money is going to have a strong, long lasting impact that will help the most amount of people in your community.”
Rej Tetrault, Shell’s operations manager for northeast B.C., said he was inspired by the stories he’s heard about how the United Way helps local groups.
“I feel that we have made a difference based on what I’ve heard today in terms of the impact,” he said of the numerous organizations that receive support from the United Way. “It inspires me. And inspires me to do more. To hear the stories – personal stories – about where we can help.”
Hedges was impressed with the result of Shell’s 2012 campaign that brought in over $100,000 after raising just under $13,000 in 2010 and over $56,000 in 2011.
“It’s hard to describe that feeling when you realize that a group such as Shell Canada has pulled together in such a strong way, with terrific leadership from within, to raise $100,000,” said Hedges.
“It is staggering,” she added.
Tetrault said that Hedges is “one of the best coaches” for her constant encouragement during the fundraising campaign.
“It’s not a relationship that I’ve had before,” he continued.
“The energy that she brings to her role helps encourage us all to do more regardless of what companies we work for. We can all [make] a positive impact. As long as we’re healthy and we have our families and we have secure employment, you look to give back and do more.”