MONTREAL, Sept. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - In the framework of the Alcoa Worldwide
Month of Service, roughly 200 employees from the various Alcoa Canada
facilities decided to join forces and to serve their community as volunteers
by actively participating in the improvement of the installations of different
Over the weekend of September 19 to 21, the Alcoa employees and their
families spent a total of 814 hours building, constructing, renovating,
improving, and restoring the installations of non-profit community
organizations. Each year, this event, conducted simultaneously by the Alcoa
team, brings together employees from the Baie-Comeau, Deschambault and
Bécancour aluminium smelters, along with their colleagues from the Montréal
headquarters, the Moulages Aéronautiques Alcoa plant in Laval, and the Kawneer
facility in Pointe-Claire.
While in Montréal, Alcoa employees volunteered to lend a helping hand to
the Québec Society for Disabled Children, our people in Bécancour and
Trois-Rivières spent the weekend moving the Maison des Familles Chemin du Roi
into the organization's new premises that were freshly painted by the
participants. The impact of the Alcoa team was even felt in the County of
Portneuf, where employees from the Deschambault plant gathered to spruce up
the Arc-en-ciel, an organization working in the area of mental health
services. Lastly, in Baie-Comeau, volunteers from the aluminum smelter
renovated the Pointe-Lebel community hall. This is how Alcoa builds with its
people in Québec!
Alcoa in its communities - people making a difference
In addition to this important activity held during the Alcoa Month of
Service, it must be underlined that roughly 20 other activities are planned
for the month of October in ten Canadian communities where Alcoa is present.
In 2007, during the second edition of the Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service,
47,000 people, including 15,800 employees, participated in 780 events in no
less than 200 communities of 36 countries..
"More than a value, community service is a way of life for people at
Alcoa. The Month of Service is one more opportunity to put forward this way of
life of our people, and to create the momentum needed to prompt everyone to
participate simultaneously in an activity serving the enhancement of the
quality of life in our community," explains Jean-Pierre Gilardeau, President
of Alcoa Canada. "We work and we live in a community. Isn't it only natural
then to want to enhance the quality of life in our immediate environment?" he
The Alcoa Foundation
The Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted non-profit U.S.
corporate foundation with assets of approximately US$504 million. Its mission
is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.
Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive community
change and enhancement, with over US$465 million invested since 1952. To learn
more about the Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com/canada under Community.
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined, through its active and
growing participation in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering,
production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In
addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products,
hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa(R) wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems.
The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 countries and has been named one of the
top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
For further information:
For further information: Lysane Martel, Director of Communications and
Director of the Alcoa Foundation in Canada, (514) 906-2537,