harvest celebration

Syncrude says thanks to Edmonton for wildfire support

Sep 21, 2016

On September 17 at the Lois Hole Harvest Celebration, Syncrude CEO Mark Ward provided words of gratitude and donation announcement to thank Alberta’s capital city region for the critical support residents provided during the wildfire evacuation in May.

“The Edmonton community opened its doors and hearts earlier this year, welcoming many of the people who fled the Fort McMurray wildfire. I want all of you to know just how much we appreciate the many kindnesses that were extended to us during that very stressful and difficult period,” said Mark. “With many of us being engineers, we did the math and came up with the number of 80,000. That’s roughly the number of people who call Fort McMurray their home and it’s the figure in dollars that Syncrude- with a profound sense of gratitude to all Edmontonians; is donating tonight. Eighty thousand dollars to Ronald McDonald House to support its ongoing programs and $80,000 dollars to the Lois Hole Hospital to support its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

Syncrude employees had many stories to share following the evacuation. Including those who were displaced with children with medical needs. Fourteen Fort McMurray families with sick children found their safe space at Ronald McDonald House, even though the House was already full with other guests.

Much like Ronald MacDonald House, The Lois Hole Hospital for Women welcomed patients from across northern Alberta as they required highly specialized care. About one-third of all patients at the Lois Hole are from northern communities like Fort McMurray, including a young mother who gave birth prematurely during the evacuation.  She was helped by its Neonatal unit.

“We’re very grateful to all Edmontonians for opening your doors and hearts to the people of Syncrude and Fort McMurray and look forward to continued strong ties between our two communities.”