Syncrude pledges $500,000 for Elders care facility

Syncrude will donate $500,000 over the next two years to help build the new Fort Chipewyan Elders Care Centre.

“President and CEO Scott Sullivan and other members of Syncrude’s Community Relations team toured the construction site of the facility last week,” says Kara Flynn, Syncrude’s vice president, Government & Public Affairs. “We couldn’t be more pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile initiative in the community of Fort Chipewyan.”

The news was welcomed by Chief Steve Courtoreille of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

It has long been a dream of the Mikisew Cree First Nation that someday we could provide assisted living in Fort Chipewyan for our Elders and others in need of care. We are proud we are able to make this service available to all of the Elders in the community.

Chief Steve Courtoreille

Scheduled to open in 2014, the centre will house 12 suites as well as a ward for palliative and respite care. The complex will also contain cooking and dining facilities along with space for physician consultations, exercise, rehabilitation and spiritual activities.

Syncrude made the announcement at Friday’s launch of the 2013 edition of Pathways. The annual magazine remains the only comprehensive, stand-alone report on Aboriginal relations by a Canadian company. Every household in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will receive a copy of the magazine as part of Syncrude’s commitment to provide a comprehensive report of its Aboriginal Relations Program. The publication is also available at

This year’s edition features stories on Chief Ron Kreutzer of the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, artist Fred McDonald of the Fort McKay First Nation, musician Mel Boostrom and University of Calgary student Jasmine Dionne, who will speak at the event.

The Holy Trinity graduate received the Syncrude scholarship at the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards earlier this year.

“I know it will take a lot of hard work to reach my goals but I’m up to the challenge,” said Jasmine, who graduated in 2013 with an 88 per cent average.

The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Limited, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership.

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