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David Smith 'well-heeled'
Keyera’s David Smith Shines in a Well-Heeled Event

Sporting stilettos and a smile, Keyera Executive Vice President, David Smith, showed his style and his compassion as he raced around Calgary’s Olympic Plaza in the YWCA’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event to raise money for the Sheriff King Shelter.  David was one of many local celebrities and concerned men who strapped on high heels to support this important cause and raise awareness about domestic violence.   Undaunted by stairs, hills and uneven pavement, David, in his flashy patent heels,  finished the course with ease and in the process raised $9,065, making him one of the top individual fundraisers to participate in the event. 

In total, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” raised over $296,370 which will go toward helping women and their children take steps to walk away from domestic violence.  The YWCA Sheriff King Shelter is a 42 bed emergency shelter for abused women and their children.  Services include emergency shelter, supportive individual and group counselling, child support, community liaison follow-up support, basic needs, community referrals and advocacy.  In 2009, the Sheriff King Shelter provided shelter and more than 17,000 hours of counselling support for 722 women and children (311 women/411 children) fleeing domestic violence.  For more details, please visit www.ywcaofcalgary.com.

 

 

 

Teaming up for Tomorrow to Support the United Way of Calgary

Keyera is a proud supporter of the United Way and  recently wrapped up its 12th annual workplace campaign in our Calgary office. 

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Jim Bertram kicks off Keyera's United Way Activities.
2010 Co-chairs Jeff Degusti (left) and Tanis Gee in background.

Campaign co-chairs Tanis Gee and Jeff Degusti, together with the help of a dedicated group of Keyera volunteers, did a great job of coming up with fun and creative activities that had the office buzzing.   This year’s theme was “Teaming up for Tomorrow” and in true Keyera form, our employees teamed up to support this great cause through their donations, participation and enthusiasm.    Throughout the week there were lots of interactive and team building activities,  as well as many opportunities to learn about the important work that the United Way does to help address needs in our community.   Meeting people whose lives have been changed by the United Way and volunteering for a “day of caring” at the YWCA are just a few of the ways that we were able to connect with the Calgary community during the week.

Overall, the 2010 campaign was a huge success.  With Keyera matching all employee donations dollar for dollar, our total contribution came in at just over $212,000, bringing the total monies raised over the past 12 campaigns to $1,353,000. 

 

  

   

  
Jennifer Lamb rappel's down
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Keyera's Super Hero! 

Imagine backing up to a ledge 375 feet above the ground.  You are hanging slightly over the edge.  Your only security is a rope attached to you and the building you are standing on.  A stranger is asking you to back up and “trust him”.  A 375 foot rappel down the side of the building is the challenge, but the biggest obstacle is fear.   And so with a tense body, a racing heart and sweaty palms you trust this stranger and lower yourself over the edge. 

On September 8, 2010, Jennifer Lamb, a paralegal and joint interest analyst at Keyera, did just that.  With a crowd of supportive colleagues, friends and family cheering her on, Jennifer lowered herself over the edge of the Sunlife Tower, home of Keyera’s Calgary office, and successfully rappelled down the building unassisted and with a smile.   Keyera is extremely proud of Jennifer for conquering her fear of heights to help raise money for Easter Seals and Camp Horizon as part of their “Drop Zone” fundraiser event. 

Jennifer raised money for months leading up to the Easter Seals Drop and her donations contributed to the $180,000 that was raised for Easter Seals and Camp Horizon.  Easter Seals and Camp Horizon enable kids and adults with disabilities to partake in activities and fun programs that would not otherwise be possible. 

Jennifer’s enthusiasm and can-do attitude is an inspiration for all of us and is another great example of how Keyera’s employees give back to our communities.

For more information on Easter Seals and Camp Horizon please go to www.easterseals.ab.ca