Peace River Hydro Partners wrapped its 2021 holiday campaign on Tuesday, donating $44,000 to 15 different charities, groups, and programs in the Peace region.
The funding comes from site-wide recycling, from cans to construction materials, with $120,000 generated this year.
Community Bridge received $10,000, with the Women’s Resource Society, the Salvation Army Food Bank, North Peace KidSport, and the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s Dollar Parton Imagination Library also receiving $5,000 each.
Ten other charities received donations ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. The company gathered at the Site C viewpoint to hand out cheques in person during a small ceremony.
Jeff Beatty, an equipment operator for PRHP’s earthworks team building the Site C dam, says youth sports and charitable organizations were a lifeline growing up in Fort St. John.
“Charities were the building blocks of the foundation my mom needed to get on her feet. She left my abusive father and worked two jobs just to keep a roof over our head,” said Beatty. “There was no money left for food, clothes, sports, or Christmas.
“We survived off hand-me-downs, and without places like shelters and food banks I don’t know how we would have survived.”
Other recipients of the holiday donations include:
Jamie Bodnarchuk, works in communications and Indigenous relations for PRHP, says she grew up in a single parent home, and was grateful for the activities and support offered through the public library.
"My mum always took us to the library. We didn't have money for a lot of stuff, but we went to the library, read books, and travelled the world that way," she said.
The company also completed its 2021 community investment campaign this month, contributing $80,000 to 21 different charities, groups, and programs.
Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News