November 3, 2004
SaskEnergy First Corporate Partner of
Global Youth Service Day
SaskEnergy is the first corporate
partner in Saskatchewan to collaborate with Volunteer
Canada to promote Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17,
2005. As well, SaskEnergy is proud to present the 2nd
Annual Global Youth Service Day awards on February 28,
2005. SaskEnergy began the awards in 2004 because the
company wanted to foster the volunteer spirit in young
"SaskEnergy recognizes the value of
volunteers because it was the spirit of volunteerism
that built this province over the last 100 years," said
Leslie Gosselin, Manager of Advertising & Community
Relations for SaskEnergy. "Our theme for the coming
Centennial year is: 'Champion of Volunteers,' which we
feel is very fitting as the province prepares to build
vibrant communities of tomorrow - and we believe that
begins with the youth of today. That's why SaskEnergy is
taking a proactive step to ensure our province's next
100 years is as prosperous as the last by encouraging
young people to volunteer with our Global Youth Service
The 2005 Global Youth Service Day Awards
are available to youth aged 18 and younger. Ten $500
environmental project grants and five Share the Warmth
barbecues are some of the great prizes available, as
well as a $1000 Centennial Volunteer Leadership grant
toward enhancing an individual or group's volunteer
efforts. The 2004 awards were a great success with
schools and service clubs all across the province
"Our student body, teachers, and
community have all come together to make our project, a
naturalized school ground, a success," said Rhonda
Phillips, Lumsden High School. "Students are using the
picnic tables, purchased for the school grounds with the
grant from the SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Award, as
a place to work on labs and congregate for instruction.
The picnic tables are the one part of this project that
pulls the whole school together so everyone feels like
they have made a contribution."
This week every school in the province
will be sent information about both Global Youth Service
Day and the SaskEnergy awards program. Youth
representing service organizations are also eligible to
Global Youth Service Day is the largest
youth-led volunteering event in the world with over 150
countries and 34 international organizations taking
part. Nearly half of the people in Saskatchewan get
involved in community initiatives every year, the
highest level of participation of any province.
2004 SaskEnergy Youth
EnvironAction Award Winners:
Creativity took flight when students planted a garden to
attract butterflies and birds.
Churchill High School, La Ronge
Students jumped into action with a community spring
clean up and recycling bee.
Students have the bright idea to sell energy conserving
light bulbs in the community.
Queen Elizabeth School, Lloydminster
The EcoKidz Club get their team involved in a school
ground greening project with new trees and flowers, and
designed their own webpage.
Lumsden High School
Ambitious students transformed an empty field from
barren to beautiful for a naturalized, chemical-free
Street Culture Kidz Project, Regina
Regina residents learn the three R's of painting from
Street Culture's efforts to collect old paint … reduce,
re-use, and recycle!
Girl Guides of Canada, Regina Area
165 girls from ages 5 - 16 put their slogan "you go
girl!" into action with 15 service projects in one day!
Rosthern High School
Local students hit the streets cleaning up downtown and
helping seniors beautify their yards.
2004 SaskEnergy Share the Warmth
Community Spirit Award Winner
O'Neill High School Interact Club
(Rotary International Youth Group), Regina
This dynamic youth service group catalogued thousands of
used Canadian text books for shipping to under-resourced
schools in Ghana.
For more information, or to request an
application form, visit www.gysd.ca, or contact:
Kristin Kutarna Gates
Community Involvement Coordinator
1000 - 1777 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Tel: (306) 777-9985