Chevron Canada launches award-winning educational program in partnership with Fort McMurray Historical Society

    CALGARY, Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Chevron Canada is pleased to announce it has
entered into a partnership with the Fort McMurray Historical Society to bring
an award-winning educational program to elementary school students and
teachers in the Wood Buffalo Region.
    Under a multi-year funding agreement, Chevron will contribute more than
$180,000 over four years to establish the Chevron Open Minds Program at
Heritage Park, a unique educational, cultural and social venue operated by the
Fort McMurray Historical Society.
    Chevron Open Minds is an internationally recognized educational
initiative that advances student learning by moving students out of regular
school classrooms into enriching community environments for a full one-week
period. Heritage Park now joins other Chevron Canada Open Minds Programs in
southern Alberta, including the Calgary Zoo and Glenbow Museum, as well as a
new site being launched at The Rooms in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    "Chevron Canada is delighted to partner with the Fort McMurray Historical
Society to give students in the Wood Buffalo Region a wonderful opportunity to
immerse themselves in the diverse history of northern Alberta," said Mark
Nelson, president of Chevron Canada. "By following the proven educational
model of Open Minds, participants will gain hands-on experiences that will
help them to develop vital critical thinking, problem solving and writing
    "We appreciate Chevron's generosity which has enabled Heritage Park to
implement this exceptional education program," said Roseann Davidson,
executive director of Heritage Park. "The Open Minds Program will provide
students with the opportunity to discover our community's rich history and
culture. Our museum site, exhibits and collections will enlighten and connect
the students to the natural and social history of our region."
    From January 19-23, Heritage Park will welcome its first Open Minds
class, comprising 20 students in Grade 3 from Good Shepherd School. During
their week-long stint, the students and their teacher will study artifacts,
experience the life of a trapper and learn about the skill of weaving and
spinning wool.
    It's anticipated that a total of five classes will participate in the
2009 pilot year, with an equal number of classes participating in 2010 and

    The Chevron Open Minds Program began in 1993 with the introduction of the
first school at the Calgary Zoo. It has since expanded to three other
facilities in the Calgary area, including the Glenbow Museum, TELUS World of
Science and the Cross Conservation Area, and has won over 30 national and
international awards. For additional information on the program, please visit

    The Fort McMurray Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of
history and the development of programs and community events that showcase our
dynamic historic village. Through interactive school programs, summer and
theatre camps, events, research services, permanent and temporary exhibitions,
the library and archives, the Fort McMurray Historical Society creates lasting
memories for the benefit of our community. The Fort McMurray Historical
Society operates both Heritage Park and the Marine Park in Fort McMurray.

    Chevron Canada is actively engaged in oil and gas exploration and
production activities in Atlantic Canada, Northern Canada and the Alberta oil
sands. Chevron Canada has been a key player in Canada's energy industry for
more than 70 years and is committed to supporting the growth of Canada's
energy future as a partner of choice with governments, regulators and
communities. More information about Chevron Canada is available at

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Fort McMurray Historical
Society/Heritage Park: Roseann Davidson, Executive Director of Heritage Park,
(780) 791-7575 ext. 228; Tammy Plowman, Program Coordinator, (780) 791-7575
ext. 224; Chevron Canada: Leif Sollid, External Communications Advisor, (403)

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