$100,000 donation assists Compassion House Foundation
FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Nexen Inc. is helping northern
Alberta residents battling breast cancer with a $100,000 donation to
Sorrentino's Compassion House, a warm and supportive environment for
women undergoing breast cancer treatment, diagnosis or follow up care
at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton.
"At Nexen, giving back to the communities where we live and work is one
of our core values," says Kris Geekie, Director, Community Consultation
and Regulatory Affairs, Oil Sands. "Sorrentino's Compassion House helps
residents from over 160 communities in northern Alberta who are
fighting breast cancer, and many of them live in the Wood Buffalo
region. At Nexen, we want to do our part to help our neighbours in the
fight of their lives."
The donation is being made as part of the Growing Compassion drive, a $5 million capital campaign to raise funds to more than double the
number of Compassion House guest suites from six to 14, improve access
throughout the house, and create a sustainability fund for the
"The financial, physical and emotional impacts of a cancer diagnosis can
be overwhelming to a family, especially when you have to travel for
treatment," explains Mellissa Kraft, Executive Director, Compassion
House Foundation. "We are so grateful to Nexen Inc. for supporting our
expansion project so more women from across northern Alberta will have
access to supportive, affordable accommodation during cancer
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Kris Geekie will be available to discuss Nexen's
contribution along with two Fort McMurray residents who have been
helped by Sorrentino's Compassion House in their fight against breast
cancer. Media are invited to learn more about Sorrentino's Compassion
House and the important work they do. A representative of Compassion
House Foundation will also be available to answer questions.
9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, December 13, Fort McMurray, Alberta
Telephone media availability with resident(s) of Sorrentino's Compassion
House and Nexen's Kris Geekie. The residents are available for photos
on December 13 as well.
Nexen is a 65% owner and the operator of the Long Lake integrated steam
assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) and upgrading operation, located 40 km
southeast of Fort McMurray, which began producing in 2008.
SOURCE: Nexen Inc.
For further information:
Manager, External Communications
801 - 7th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3P7
Executive Director, Compassion House Foundation