On the evening of Wednesday, March 9, just before the hockey game between Churchbridge Atom Imperials and Preeceville, a small group took to the ice at the Churchbridge arena. With the yellow-emblazoned Imperials in the foreground, the guests positioned themselves behind the team, and then lifted up an over-sized cheque to the value of $35,000.
The donation comes from Winnipeg-based Richardson-Pioneer, and through the Richardson Foundation, the money is being made available to assist in the replacement of the chiller at the Churchbridge arena.
This is not the first donation the Richardson Foundation has made to local community causes in recent years. Last year they also gave $20,000 towards a playground project in Langenburg.
Michael Moors, Director of Operations at Richardson-Pioneer in Langenburg explained. “The donation is through the Richardson Foundation, a foundation the company has set up to help promote and fund projects like this one in our communities across Western Canada. They spend on average one to 1.5 million dollars per year on projects like this. What happens is the project coordinators submit proposals to the Foundation and they go before the board to be vetted, and once approved the funds become available, and they are awarded to the recipients. We are really big on community, we like to support fire departments, skating rinks, curling rinks and community projects.”
Giving back to communities has indeed been woven into the Richardson corporate culture since the late 1850’s. Their website states, “It’s a commitment borne of respect and appreciation for the places our employees call home, and for the moments that make up life beyond the workplace.“
We salute the community-mindedness of the company, and know the donation to the arena will be much appreciated by the Churchbridge community.
To learn more about the Richardson Foundation, click HERE.