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Date 04/26/2013

Lafarge and Fort Whyte Alive, Partners in Building a Better Commumity

FORMER LAFARGE QUARRY HOME TO sustainable living education facilities

 

WINNIPEG

Lafarge Canada Inc.

 

As part of ongoing support to the organization, Lafarge recently presented Fort Whyte Alive a cheque of $23,000. This donation will be used to support and grow FortWhyte Alive's Volunteer Program.  Andy Dutfield, Vice President & General Manager of Lafarge related, "Lafarge is proud of our contribution to the history and development of FortWhyte Alive and it supports our values as a company".

 

The presentation was made as part of the Volunteer Spirit Award breakfast in celebration of National Volunteer Week. The event recognized the contribution to FortWhyte's core volunteers and especially acknowledged the Honour Roll Volunteers who have each contributed over 100 hours of their time in the past year.  "The volunteer core we have grown ... over the years has been an immeasurable help to FortWhyte." expounds Bill Elliot, CEO of FortWhyte Alive.

 

In a given year, the over 380 volunteers contribute close to 22,500 hours of work. They are greeters, education leaders, guides, weed busters, farmers, naturalists, cheerleaders and so much more. Lafarge's support is essential for ensuring the long-term sustainability of FortWhyte's volunteer program. 

 

FortWhyte Alive was established on a Lafarge former clay quarry. Over the past 40 years, FortWhyte Alive has become a one of Canada's pre-eminent sustainable living education facilities.  As Bill Elliot states, "There is a great story for industry here and one we are happy and proud to share." FortWhyte Alive is a dynamic example of sustainable development, where the health of the environment, economy, and society are embedded in diverse environmental education and sustainable living programming.

 

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Contact:

Jennifer Lewis

Communications Director, Western Canada

Lafarge Canada Inc.

Ph: 403.723.7151

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

About Lafarge Canada Inc.

Lafarge Canada Inc. is Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry. With more than 6000 employees across Canada, our mission is to provide construction solutions that build better cities and communities. The cities where Canadians live, work, and raise their families along with the infrastructure that supports their communities such as roads, bridges, transportation links, water, and waste management benefit from the solutions provided by Lafarge.

 

Through our Sustainability Ambitions for 2020, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. At locations across Canada, we have worked to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, restore wetlands for native plants and animals, and identify waste materials that can be recycled and used in our operations. More information is available on Lafarge Canada's website: www.lafarge-na.com

 

About the Lafarge Group

A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com

 

About Fort Whyte Alive

Fort Whyte Alive is a premier privately operated, non-profit outdoor education and recreation facilities, consisting of over 600 acres of prairie, lakes, forest and wetlands. Located within the city of Winnipeg, the site was built from former Lafarge clay quarries. Highlights include a 70-acre Bison Prairie and viewing mound, more than 5 km of interpretive trails, family treehouse, birdfeeding stations, floating boardwalks, and songbirds, deer and waterfowl in their natural habitat. The Interpretive Centre features fascinating exhibits and year round activities include fishing, canoeing, hiking or bird-watching. Winter offers a unique opportunity to enjoy ice fishing, snowshoeing, skating or a ride on the super toboggan slide. For more information see www.fortwhyte.org

 

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