Imperial Oil Foundation supports turtles, trails, and tides....



    Improving the environment and education one step at a time

    ST JOHN'S, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The Imperial Oil Foundation today announced it
has donated a total of $40,000 to four local organizations. The donations,
split equally among the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society, East Coast Trail
Association, Grand Concourse Authority and Quidi Vidi Rennies River
Development Foundation, will be used to support programs that positively
impact the environment, education and the community.
    "From its earliest days, when the company gave its first donation of $100
to a fisherman's mission in Newfoundland, charitable giving has been an
integral part of Imperial's tradition," said Monica Samper, President,
Imperial Oil Foundation. "I'm pleased that our donation today will continue
supporting initiatives that are making a valuable contribution to education
and the environment in Newfoundland and Labrador."

    
    Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society
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    Off the south coast of Newfoundland, endangered leatherback sea turtles
are often trapped in fishing gear and almost 50% end up dying as a result.
Canadian Parks & Wilderness, in partnership with the Whale Release &
Strandings Program are working to change that by using the donation to develop
a public outreach program that will educate fishers and the general public on
how to protect these animals and what to do if they spot a turtle in trouble.

    East Coast Trail Association
    ----------------------------
    The East Coast Trail Association will use the funds to protect and
preserve the trail, and provides the association with the means to begin
addressing the priorities of their Land Investigation & Analysis Project.
    "The protection of the trail is our number one strategic issue", said
Randy Murphy, President, East Coast Trail Association. "The information we are
seeking is essential for stakeholders to make informed decisions regarding how
best to keep the trail open, free and available to all."

    Grand Concourse Authority
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    Providing access to all areas of Bigwood park without damaging
environmentally sensitive sections is crucial for the Grand Concourse
Authority (GCA). Addison Brown, executive director of GCA says his
organization is extremely pleased to have received infrastructure funding from
the Foundation.
    "This funding is a very important donation and has enabled us to develop
walkways and a bridge in the park," said Brown.

    Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation
    -----------------------------------------------
    Quidi Vidi Rennies River Development Foundation will use the donation to
expand its Outreach Water Quality Monitoring Program in regions outside the
city.
    "Thanks to the Imperial Oil Foundation, our educators are able to travel
throughout the province helping other educators create an awareness of water
issues with the 'next' generation of Newfoundland and Labrador," said Sharon
Jeans, Executive Director.
    

    With a goal to being an active member of the community and to building a
life-long learning system in Canada that ranks among the best in the world,
Imperial Oil Limited has been contributing to communities across Canada for
the past 126 years. Imperial Oil contributed more than $11 million to enhance
the well-being of communities across Canada in 2007, building on a tradition
of corporate giving that began with the company's inception in 1880.
Supporting organizations where we live and work, the company emphasizes
investment in education of math and sciences, environment, and civic and
community programs where we have employees or business operations





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For further information: Imperial Oil - Public Affairs, (403) 237-2710


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