CALGARY, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - One hundred days after being devastated by floods, the community of Hampton Hills in High River will look greener and brighter, as it becomes the home of 75 seedling trees.
On September 27, employees from the Alberta credit union system will be planting trees to recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Alberta credit union system, and to aid in the recovery of the community and lift the spirits of its residents. Hampton Hills was one of the last communities to re-open after the June floods, with water and sewage remaining in the area for three weeks.
High River is one of three communities where Alberta credit unions are planting 75 seedling trees and a commemorative tree in each town centre. Banff and Okotoks are also receiving the tree donations, as part of Alberta credit unions' post-flood recovery efforts and their 75th anniversary.
"Alberta's credit unions belong to the communities they serve, and we want to create a meaningful difference for our members, for our towns and for all of Alberta," Graham Wetter, CEO of Alberta Central said. "We are celebrating our 75th anniversary by planting trees because we care about the future of our communities, and want to be part of their growth and prosperity. Planting trees in flood-impacted communities is a demonstration of our values and the credit union philosophy."
The commemorative tree will be planted in downtown High River - Mayor Emile Blokland and other members of town council are expected to be in attendance at the planting. MLA Kyle Fawcett, Associate Minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction for Southwest Alberta and Okotoks Mayor Bill Robertson will be attending the September 26 planting along the Sheep River in Okotoks; Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen will be attending the September 25 planting in Banff's Central Park.
The tree plantings take place during National Tree Week, September 23-27.
About Alberta credit unions
The Alberta credit union system has been around for 75 years - creating opportunities for more than 648,000 members, promoting growth in local communities and encouraging the cooperative model in Alberta. To discover a friendlier way to bank, visit www.albertacreditunions.com. Financial Dreams Welcome Here™.
About Alberta Central
Alberta Central is the central banking facility, service bureau and trade association for Alberta's credit unions. The organization is an advocate of the financial cooperative model, and provides leadership and support to the 33 credit unions and over 200 branches it represents.
SOURCE: Credit Union Central Alberta Limited
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Alexandra Frison, Director, Communications