April 15, 2005
SaskEnergy Leader in Building the
Volunteer Team of Tomorrow
In Saskatchewan's centennial year, SaskEnergy will proudly partner with Volunteer
Canada in promoting Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), April 15-17, 2005. SaskEnergy
is committed to ensuring that volunteers will continue to be part of the Saskatchewan
landscape for the next 100 years through their Global Youth Service Day Awards.
"Everyday in Saskatchewan people give selflessly of their time and their energy
to support causes important to them and their communities," said Harry Van Mulligen,
Minister Responsible for SaskEnergy. "Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. They
will lead Saskatchewan through its next hundred years. We need to give young people
the opportunities to experience volunteering for themselves. As such, the SaskEnergy
Global Youth Service Day Awards are designed to make volunteering a positive experience
that will leave a lasting impression."
To promote Global Youth Service Day 2005, SaskEnergy offered two categories of awards
to young people aged 18 and under:
SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards: for groups embarking on an environment project.
Awards were presented to schools and youth organizations in Blaine Lake, Regina,
Meadow Lake, Nokomis, Lloydminster, Duck Lake, and Vanguard.
SaskEnergy Centennial Volunteer Leadership Awards: for groups engaging young people
in environmental stewardship. Awards were presented to schools in Prince Albert,
Lloydminster, and Regina.
"SaskEnergy is dedicated to addressing the needs of communities through service
and sees this partnership with Volunteer Canada as a step toward ensuring volunteerism
remains a strong part of Saskatchewan communities," said Doug Kelln, President and
CEO of SaskEnergy. "The Global Youth Service Day Awards are important because Saskatchewan
has the highest level of participation per capita of any Canadian province - and
SaskEnergy is dedicated to helping it stay that way by fostering a commitment to
community services in the next generation of volunteers to carry the torch."
To find out more information about the program, visit: www.gysd.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Kristin Kutarna Gates
Community Involvement Coordinator
Global Youth Service Day - Background
Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the largest youth-led volunteering event in the
world with over 150 countries and 34 international organizations taking part. 2005
marks the sixth year of GYSD. Millions of young people will participate in service
projects to address their communities' development needs.
In Canada, the organization that spearheads Global Youth Service Day is Volunteer
Canada. This organization also endorses SaskEnergy's Global Youth Service Day Awards.
"Our youth are making an amazing contribution to our communities, volunteering a
total of 154 million hours in 2000-an annual average of about 130 hours each," says
Marlene Deboisbriand, President of Volunteer Canada. "This is an incredible accomplishment,
and an invaluable resource to this country. Attracting youth to volunteering is
essential for the future of the volunteer sector. If we encourage youth to get interested
in volunteering today, they'll carry that spirit with them into the future and become
the volunteers of tomorrow."
SaskEnergy Youth Enviro-Action Awards
- Blaine Lake Composite School - Community Clean-Up - Blaine Lake
- Cochrane High School - Youth Forum for Sustainability - Regina
- Jonas Samson Jr. High School - Environmental Action Representatives (E. A. R. S.).-
- Nokomis School - Student for Hire & Town Clean-Up - Nokomis
- Queen Elizabeth School - Eco-kids Club - Lloydminster
- Regina Area Girl Guides - Connecting with our Community - Regina
- Stobart Community School - School Clean-Up - Duck Lake
- Vanguard Community School - Community Clean-up - Vanguard
SaskEnergy Centennial Volunteer Leadership Awards
- Carlton Comprehensive High School - Carlton Pet Therapy Program - Prince Albert
- Lloydminster Comprehensive High School - Active Leadership Council - Lloydminster
- Thom Collegiate-International Baccalaureate Kenya Creativity Action Service - Regina
- St. John Community School - Community Service - Prince Albert
- St. Thomas School-Children Reaching Out to Children - Lloydminster