Submitted by Kelly Clemmer Encompass Credit Union
Encompass Credit Union held its annual general meeting on February 7, 2017, in two locations, at the Wainwright Communiplex, and Wetaskiwin Best Western, linked via live streaming video.
Encompass members attended both locations, with the board of directors in the Wainwright location. Five Community Social Responsibility Investment Program grants and four scholarships handed out, totaling $47,800 over the evening.
The five community social responsibility grants were: The Hardisty Agriculture Society ($10,000) for the Hardisty Arena Project, Wainwright Elementary School ($3,800) for the Buddy Bench project, The Wainwright & District Community Health Board Foundation ($10,000) for the Trauma Room at the Wainwright Health Centre, The Wetaskiwin Ski Club ($10,000) for a new deck, and The Wetaskiwin Olympian Swim Club ($10,000) towards a new score clock.
For Hardisty, it will mean improvements and significant renovations to their arena, including the dressing rooms and bleachers. The Hardisty Agricultural Society thanked Encompass for the funding and, “We look forward to partnering with Encompass on our Arena Project,” said Anita Miller. “The Hardisty Arena is the hub of our community, where all ages gather to socialize.”
Wainwright Elementary School will be purchasing three new Buddy Benches, which is intended to foster friendships while teaching teamwork and inclusion. “Buddy Benches are specially painted and designated benches that signify to others that the person sitting on the bench is in need of a friend,” said Carley Herbert, of the WES parent grant committee. “Wainwright Elementary School is excited to be partnering with Encompass Credit Union to add three of these benches to our playgrounds. We believe that this project will be a visible reminder to the entire community of how kindness spreads!”
The Wainwright & District Community Health Board Foundation is raising funds for equipment for an expansion to the emergency department for a Trauma Room in the Wainwright Health Centre. “The community will benefit from this expansion as it will address the space constraints, and the equipment will enhance the capacity for increased efficiency, privacy and bring it forward to today’s standard,” said Janice Ewasiw, from the Health Foundation. “Also, this expansion with the upgraded equipment will enhance physician recruitment and retention.”
Ewasiw and Cheryl Huxley, site manager for the Wainwright Health Centre accepted the donation.
“I want to congratulate Encompass Credit Union,” said Huxley. “Your financial institutions and staff truly ‘walk the talk’. The support that you give to community organizations for programs and services, your support of community events makes Wainwright a strong community, which enriches all our lives.”
“The Community Social Responsibility Investment Program funding will help us replace and improve our current deck, allowing for a more accessible and enjoyable area to gather,” said Jenna Lamontagne, of the Wetaskiwin Ski Club.
The Wetaskiwin Olympian Swim Club was very appreciative of the funding that was received for a new score clock for their pool. The addition of the swim lane score clock will enhance the competitions that the swim club will host in the future.
Four Encompass scholarships were also handed out at $1,000 each, Myles Butt, Danielle Dietz, Cara Holt and Sydney Swan.