Donations made to the Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department and Canadian Red Cross
SQUAMISH, December 14, 2021 – As communities in B.C. begin the long road to recovery after the recent devastating floods and wildfires, Woodfibre LNG is making two significant donations that will help communities rebuild from natural disasters and prepare for the future. These include $20,000 to the Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department and $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for flood relief in the Sumas Prairie.
“It has been a year of extreme weather events in our province, and now more than ever, it’s important that we all chip in to help our neighbours,” said Woodfibre LNG president Christine Kennedy. “We’re proud to support the Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department and the Red Cross in the critical work they are doing to help prepare and respond when disaster strikes.”
Woodfibre is especially proud to support the Garibaldi Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD), whose members support response efforts around Squamish in various capacities, as needed, including the wildfire near the border of our site this past summer. The $20,000 donation will help fund the purchase of a wildland truck that will improve the GFVD’s ability to respond to fire and medical incidents in the Sea-to-Sky corridor.
“As we see an increase in climate-related events, especially wildfires, we need to ensure that our team of volunteers is equipped to manage the risk to the safety and well-being of those who live, work and play in the Sea-to-Sky corridor,” said Chief Dan Ross. “Most of our fire and medical call-outs this past summer along Forest Service Roads, which our current fleet can’t navigate adequately. The generous support from Woodfibre LNG will make a big difference in our ability to respond in a timely manner to critical incidents in challenging locations for years to come.”
In addition to the $30,000 Woodfibre is announcing today, Woodfibre LNG was proud to send $1,000 to the Friends of Lytton GoFundMe earlier this year to support those impacted by this year’s wildfires. Woodfibre LNG will also donate $5,000 to the Squamish Food Bank and $5,000 to the Howe Sound Women’s Centre to support our most vulnerable community members.
These donations serve to continue the positive momentum from Woodfibre’s 2021 Community Sponsorship program. This year, Woodfibre LNG donated $65,000 to 23 community non-profits, including Camp My Way, Squamish Hospital Foundation, École Squamish Elementary, Sea to Sky Hospice, and many more. 2021 was Woodfibre’s biggest year for non-profit contributions, with donations through the year totalling over $100,000.
“We’re so grateful to be a part of the Squamish community and want to contribute to the safety, security, and economic prosperity of the area,” added Kennedy. “We are looking forward to continuing the Community Sponsorship Program as we prepare to start pre-construction early next year.”
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About Woodfibre LNG
The Woodfibre LNG project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish, British Columbia (located midway between Vancouver and Whistler). The project is gearing up to start pre-construction of a single train, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site. The facility will have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per year of LNG using 100 per cent renewable hydroelectric technology. Once operational, the facility will produce and export the cleanest, most technologically advanced LNG in the world. Woodfibre LNG is also the only industrial project in Canada, and possibly in the world, to have received an environmental approval from an Indigenous people in the absence of a treaty. Woodfibre LNG Limited is a privately held Canadian company based in Vancouver, and a subsidiary of Pacific Energy Corporation (Canada) Limited.