2014

  • SECURE's Stampede Stomp Raises $70K for CIS and KidSport

    July 2014

    SECURE's Annual Stampede Party, "The SECURE Stomp" was fortunate this year to have incredible weather and an incredible turnout. The 1,100 guests in attendance enjoyed the sunshine on the huge rooftop patio at National on 8th. Stampede’s hottest day, at 31C, could not burn out our party as the guests soaked each other with water guns and used SECURE-branded sunscreen and sunglasses to beat the heat.

    Mingling in the crowd were also some big name guests. Seven 2014 Canadian Olympic athletes including Gilmore Junio, Denny Morrison and Alex Gough partied with guests and helped make the day that much more memorable for them.

    The event wasn’t complete without the exciting live auction that helped raise money for KidSport and Canadian Sport Institute: two causes that are important to SECURE. Guests eagerly bid on items and brought in an unbelievable $35,000. That amount was matched by SECURE to total $70,000.

  • Building Relationships in Calgary and Lethbridge

    SECURE’s Business Development, Regulatory and Land groups have been busy these last two months showing off SECURE’s community spirit in Calgary, Lethbridge and Sturgeon Lake. 

    This June, SECURE made a donation to sponsor Kids for Cancer at a local pub in Calgary. This small community has raised funds for the last few years to support the charity, and SECURE was an active advocate, sponsoring a charity golf tournament that ended up raising $18,000.00 in community donations for Kids for Cancer.

    July was all about making positive relationships in the city of Lethbridge to support our recently acquired Heemskirk­­ plant (SECURE Minerals). What better way to show our commitment to youth in our communities than by sponsoring the 2014 Junior Little League Canadian Championships? This was our first entry to support the Lethbridge community, and it’s been incredibly rewarding. The winning team from this event will go on to represent Canada at the Junior Little League World Series in the United States.

    Then came our efforts to help out at Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation for Treaty Days. SECURE sponsored breakfast and participated in the Treaty Day parade, handing out candy to spectators along the route. It was after the parade when news came in that the BBQ for the event would not be making the trip… which would lead to lots of hungry people. So, SECURE stepped up and enlisted Ed Davis out of the Grande Prairie office to drive out the SECURE BBQ, where the team pitched in and cooked dinner for event-goers. Mark Hampson proved himself to be a great frozen meat separator, and Tarra Fournier came to the rescue by cleaning the BBQ after the event was over.

    July 2014

  • Dunes Cleanup Reports Record-Breaking Year Thanks to Support of SECURE Volunteers

    Employees of SECURE Energy Services rolled up their sleeves and loaded up their trucks to lend a helping hand at the 5th Annual Dunes Cleanup. The South Grande Prairie event rallied the support of over 100 volunteers and together they removed 25.32 tonnes of garbage from the troubled spot.

    The Wapiti River Valley region is commonly referred to by local residents as the Dunes. This ecologically sensitive area lies on the North and South sides of the Wapiti River and its winding trails are a popular spot for hiking, horseback riding, biking and driving recreational motorized vehicles.

    The Dunes have also become a popular spot for dumping unwanted trash: everything from abandoned vehicles, old appliances and even industrial waste. The trash that was removed this year shatters the record of last year’s cleanup that pulled 168,000 pounds of garbage from the area. Blaine Burke, an Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Officer in the area, said that the increased garbage haul does not necessarily mean that more garbage has been dumped, just that there was an increased capability to remove garbage in the area thanks to the support of companies like SECURE.

    The contributions of front-end loaders, dump trucks and picker-trucks allowed the volunteers to pick out larger pieces of junk than in previous years and break the previous records.

    “The reason why we gather everybody together is we believe it is a shared problem,” said Burke. “This problem, obviously, is way too big for any one agency, whether it is government or private, to look after.” No one is sure of the exact reason why the site has become so popular for dumping. Much of the garbage collected in the area would have been collected with weekly roadside pickup. And Burke believes that the small cost to leave trash at the dump shouldn’t deter too many people.

    Because the area is public property, it is illegal to dump any sort of garbage there. Burke said there’s no easy answer as to why people are not getting the message that the Dunes is not a landfill. The local authorities are looking into the most severe cases of dumping, especially those involving vehicles.

    Events like the Dunes Cleanup allow residents to take ownership of the area and hopefully look out for it in the future. Burke urges residents in town to report any signs of illegal dumping in the area to 1-800-222-6514 and hopes that in the future there won’t be a need for the annual cleanup event.

    June 2014

  • SECURE Teams Shine in 2014 Boys & Girls Club Capital One Race for Kids!

    The Boys and Girls Club of Canada held their annual major fundraiser, the Capital One Race for Kids, on May 31st, 2014. The event is based on the reality show The Amazing Race and SECURE entered two teams in the competitive stream of the Wetaskiwin race. Over the past year, SECURE’s facilities in the area have partnered together in donating over $20,000 to help kick start the club’s arrival to Drayton Valley. Local Boys and Girls Club leadership commented that they have had many corporate sponsors over the years, but have never seen a company get as enthusiastically involved as SECURE.

    The race began with a shotgun start and participants received clue sheets with riddles, puzzles, and hints to point them to ten challenge stations located somewhere in the 9km course.  Upon arrival at each station, racers had to successfully complete the challenge, receive a letter token, and then proceed to the next station.  Some of the challenges included wooden horse roping, virtual golf, sign-making, ice cream making, selling $40 worth of foam pucks at Canadian Tire, and an obstacle course with all four team members saran-wrapped together. At the finish line, racers used their tokens to spell out the mystery words before crossing.

    SECURE’s ladies team (SECURE Squad) and men’s team (SECURE Waste Watchers) both made it to the finals, with the ladies taking home “best costumes” and the men coming in second place for which they received a $1000 cheque (which was promptly donated back to the club).

    Thank you to all of the SECURE folks that helped support our teams with their financial donations. Together we were able to raise over $3000 for the Boys & Girls Club.

    June 2014

  • Community Members Hit the Streets for Williston’s City Cleanup Day

     

    The City of Williston kicked off its annual spring cleanup campaign on May 3rd to get the city streets in tip-top shape for the hot summer months.

    “The city was getting really dirty. People just don’t seem to care – they throw garbage on the ground without a second thought,” says Gretchen Anderson, Environment & Regulatory Coordinator in Williston.

    As an advocate for the environment, Anderson rallied up the SECURE troops in the local office to participate in the annual clean up – and the outcome was incredible.

    “We had 20 employee volunteers picking up garbage and BBQing for other city volunteers. We were out from 10a.m. to 3p.m., sporting SECURE blue coveralls and socializing with our community,” says Anderson. The volunteers were assigned different sections of the city to clean up, and even tackled areas that weren’t assigned.

    “As an organization committed to the environment, it only makes sense to participate in community events like this. We want to be known as an environmentally friendly company committed to doing things right; a company that cares about the environment, and this is a great way to show our commitment to that,” adds Anderson.

    SECURE’s Williston team fed over 400 volunteer attendees and drew attention from local restaurant, Buffalo Wild Wings, who brought out food to the SECURE tent and gift certificates for volunteers. “It was a really well-received event, and nice to see so many businesses coming up to our tent just to say thank you,” says Christina Achtzener, Sales and Marketing Representative in Williston. “The town of Williston looks great!”

    May 2014

  • Employees of SECURE help 'Caring for Kids' meet their goal

    SECURE Energy Services was a proud sponsor of the “Caring for Kids” radiothon this year in support of the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. Our President, Rene Amirault and VP of Technical Sales, Jay Brockhoff chatted live on air at Country 105 and were busy answering the phone lines to accept donations.

    Thanks to the contributions of generous donors, “Caring for Kids” raised $1.9 Million that will be used to help the 82,000 kids and their families who use the Alberta Children’s hospital every year. SECURE is proud to have taken part in such a great event.

    February 2014

  • SECURE spreads holiday cheer in Northern Alberta

    SECURE Energy Services’ Northern Alberta teams gave the Grande Prairie and District SPCA a special delivery of $1000 this month. The teams involved in the holiday fundraiser include the La Glace Full Service Terminal (FST), Emerson Standalone Water Disposal Facility, South Grande Prairie Landfill, South Grande Prairie FST, Dawson Creek FST and Saddle Hills Landfill.

    January 2014