Second Donation will Support Access for Local Families and Individuals to YMCA Programming and Services


FORT MCMURRAY, AB – August 28, 2019 – Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services, were proud to announce a $2,500 donation to YMCA Wood Buffalo this past weekend. The cheque was presented on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services’ free community event, Bounce-A-Palooza. The overwhelmingly popular event took place at MacDonald Island Park and included bouncy castles, carnival games, and free treats This was the second donation to the community organization since December 2018, for a total contribution of $6,000.

Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services are committed to directing energy to what matters, especially supporting organizations that do so much for local families. This donation will directly support the YMCA’s programs, services, training, and child care that help families reach their full potential and strengthen the local community.

“Direct Energy and Direct Energy Regulated Services are proud to be a part of the Fort McMurray community" said Gary Newcombe, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs Canada, Direct Energy. “The YMCA Wood Buffalo is a respected and valued organization in the community and the service it provides benefits not only individuals and families, but Fort McMurray as a whole. We are honoured to help Alberta families reach their fullest potential and will continue to support organizations that do just that.”

“We have been very pleased with our partnership with Direct Energy and Direct Energy Related Services and their continued support of the YMCA and our work in Fort McMurray,” said Sonya Earle, Regional Manager of YMCA Wood Buffalo. “We are happy to announce that this donation will support children, youth and families in our region as part of the 2019 YMCA Giving Campaign. It will provide an opportunity for individuals who require financial support to access our programs and services, and will make a significant difference in our ability to provide unique programs and life-enhancing opportunities for the growth and development of families in Wood Buffalo.”

The YMCA is a charitable not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to having a positive impact on the community in spirit, mind and body through a variety of life-enhancing programs.  Programs offered by the YMCA include employment services, education and training, health and fitness, child care and much more. These programs help shape the leaders for tomorrow and encourage generations of people to come together in finding support, getting healthier and making friends for life. Not only does the YMCA aim to meet the critical needs of the community but is also in the business of prevention – helping people reach their potential before issues become problems.

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