Thank You For Being A Friend
Since 1998, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Friendship on July 30. It’s a day to recognize individual acts of goodwill, no matter how big or small -- you can make the world a better place just by being a good friend.
Enbridge colleagues are great friends in our New Brunswick communities. Many of them devote their off-time to personal causes that are very meaningful to them, and we are extremely proud. Through Enbridge’s Our Community Partners program, we boost these employee contributions: for every 40 hours an employee volunteers with an organization, or for every $500 they donate, the company matches that commitment with a $500 donation. In 2017 alone, 20 Enbridge employees took part in the program, clocking over 1,000 hours of volunteer time, and a total of $10,500 was donated to special charitable organizations.
Here is what some of our community-focused volunteers had to say about their experience and their organizations:
“I learned that even the little things matter. You may think that your actions alone can’t have an impact, but they do – and when added to other volunteers in your group – that impact can be huge!” – Debra Magee, supporter of Damocles Fencing Club D’Escrime, Fredericton.
“Giving back to your local community is a great way to help make a positive difference in someone else's life and your own. The volunteer often gets just as much or more out of the experience and can really help to inspire you.” – Jason Walsh, supporter of Moncton Minor Hockey, Moncton
“I have lost both parents, three aunts, a cousin, a brother-in-law and numerous friends to cancer, so this fundraising ride is very personal for me … Together the entire group of companies team riders (more than just Enbridge) and individual riders raised $18.3 million just this year alone!” – Scott Elliot, repeat participant in the Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer, and supporter of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Moncton.
This International Day of Friendship, we wanted to tell you all about these good people, who are so passionate about the causes they chose, and to show them to the world! But group photos are kind of a pain to organize, so we thought, why not just add our superstars to the most iconic group photo of all time?
The Beatles’ colourful Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover highlights so many famous and fascinating people, and with the great work that our Enbridge people do on their own time in the community, we think they fit right in with the over 70 writers, musicians and film stars featured!
Thank you to all of our friends in the office for lending a helping hand to organizations that need it. This blog is dedicated to you.
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First row, left to right: Scott Murray - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Megan Webster – Fredericton Fast Pitch Association, Marc Lanteigne – The Heart and Stroke Foundation, Scott Elliot – Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Shannon Bonvie – Junior Achievement of NB Inc.
Second row, left to right: Steven Clarke – Champions Hockey, Patrick Wall – Fredericton Minor Baseball Association, Lea Millar – Riverview Minor Hockey Club, Debra Magee – Damocles Fencing Club d’escrime, Brenda Fowler – Royal Canadian Legion Branch 78, Matthew Comeau – Oromocto Fire Department, Jaleena Merritt – Stanley Minor Hockey Association, Anton Topilnyckyj – Oromocto Minor Hockey Association, Patrick Nicholson – The Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation.
Third row, left to right: Marc Pelletier – F.I.S.T.S. Boxing Club Moncton, Jason Walsh – Moncton Minor Hockey Association, Nadine Chiasson – Hockey New Brunswick, Ed Armstrong – Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Fourth row: Paul Hamilton – Fredericton Aquanauts Swim Team (FAST).
Hanging from the Ceiling: Wayne Goodine – Capital City Skating Club.