Suncor Energy Foundation partners to build Fort McMurray performing arts centre



    
    Suncor's $2.5 million investment will help meet combined need for school
    and community performance capacity
    

    FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Suncor Energy Foundation today
announced a $2.5 million investment in a new performing arts centre in Fort
McMurray that will meet both school and community needs.
    Being developed in partnership with the Fort McMurray Catholic Board of
Education and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the new performing
arts centre will be attached to the Holy Trinity Catholic High School in
Timberlea, which is currently under construction. The centre is planned to
include a 350-seat theatre, a professional dance studio and associated
facilities.
    "Suncor and our partners are approaching this project in an innovative
way, helping find a solution that satisfies the needs of the Catholic Board of
Education and those of the community," said Kirk Bailey, executive
vice-president of Suncor's oil sands business. "As a member of the community,
Suncor has a role in helping enhance the quality of life in Fort McMurray."
    Fostering partnerships and meeting community needs are the driving forces
behind the foundation's investment. The Catholic Board of Education in Fort
McMurray offers an excellent fine arts curriculum but has had limited access
to performance facilities. Similarly, there are few venues for community arts
groups within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. This new shared-use
facility allows for school use during the day and community use in the
evenings and weekends.
    "This is a win-win situation for the school district and the community,
and takes advantage of the financial synergies that exist in building the Holy
Trinity High School," said Kim Jenkins, superintendent of the Fort McMurray
Catholic School District.
    This partnership complements Suncor's investments in other performing
arts initiatives in Fort McMurray, such as Alberta Ballet's Northern Tights
Tour; Word Power, a tour of Aboriginal authors; Esther Honens International
Piano Competition Foundation; and, Sing for Your Supper, a fundraising tour
led by Canadian singer Tom Jackson.
    "The Suncor Energy Foundation has been contributing to the community now
for ten years," Bailey added. "I'm proud of the work Suncor has done and the
leadership role we will continue to take."

    The Suncor Energy Foundation, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008,
is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to
receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable
organizations. Its funding priorities are educational, environmental and
community-based initiatives that primarily support Suncor's operating
communities. By the end of 2008, the Foundation will have contributed more
than $57 million to Canadian communities.





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