Resilience and unity were the defining features of 2021. From unprecedented weather events to the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities experienced numerous challenges. At Trans Mountain, we strive to create stronger communities by being good neighbours and supporting the areas where we live and work.

Trans Mountain funds positive legacy projects and programs for organizations from Strathcona County, AB to Sooke, BC, including Calgary, AB and Puget Sound, Washington state.

$285, 000

In 2021, Trans Mountain provided more than $285,000 in financial support and in-kind donations to more than 150 organizations whose initiatives aligned with the three pillars of the Community Investment Program: Environmental Stewardship, Community Well-Being and Education.

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Below are several of the causes we supported in 2021:

Flood Recovery Relief Efforts

In November 2021, British Columbia’s South Coast and Interior experienced heavy rainfall and extreme weather conditions that resulted in significant flooding. In support of flood recovery relief efforts, Trans Mountain made proactive donations of $5,000 to the BC SPCA and $10,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

The BC SPCA provided immediate support to displaced and injured animals through emergency boarding, medical care and supply donations to evacuees. The Canadian Red Cross launched the BC Floods and Extreme Weather Appeal Fund, which provided aid and humanitarian assistance to affected areas as quickly as possible. Trans Mountain’s contributions were directed to the communities of Abbotsford, Hope and Merritt, BC.

Trans Mountain also held a very successful United Way employee-matching campaign. The funds raised supported communities directly impacted by the British Columbia and Washington state floods.

Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program

Trans Mountain provided a grant to the British Columbia Conservation Foundation to support its Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program. The goal of the program is to produce an abundance of Northern Spotted Owls for release as one of BC’s most endangered species. The current population is 12. To accomplish repopulation, provincial biologists closely monitor the owls to determine best practices for care, including their daily diet and nutrition.

Literacy Programs

Trans Mountain provided grants to the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) and Yellowhead Community Services to support their respective literacy programs in rural communities in the North Thompson region of British Columbia.

Located in Valemount, BC, CBAL supports community-based literacy work and learning across the province. Its mission is to encourage people of all ages to engage in literacy and lifelong learning. The Trans Mountain funds supported the development of an eight-week Family or Adult program that occurred in winter 2021.

Yellowhead Community Services, located in Clearwater, BC, provides services to several nearby communities including Barriere, Little Fort and Blue River. The organization creates positive change and contributes to a healthy community through services that focus on collaboration and innovation. Trans Mountain supported Yellowhead Community Service’s area literacy outreach work. The organization promotes and facilitates a variety of programs for learners of all ages that enhance literacy, comprehension and confidence.

Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders Annual Fundraiser

Trans Mountain provided funds to the Simpcw First Nation to support the Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders (CCVFD) Annual Fundraiser. The Chu Chua Fire Department has been in operation since 1985 and currently has 12 active members. In addition to keeping the community safe, the organization also supports youth engagement. It teaches fire safety lessons, including how to properly use a fire extinguisher and leads the “Learn Not to Burn” campaign. The Annual Fundraiser allows the CCVFD to provide important services to the community.

Recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day

In late May 2021, with the help of ground-penetrating radar specialists, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed the remains of 215 children who were students of the former Tk’emlúps Residential School in Kamloops, BC.

This tragic news in Kamloops, and the subsequent announcements at other schools across Canada, touched all Canadians. To commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, Trans Mountain provided proactive donations to the three organizations listed below. As an employee-matching and engagement initiative, Trans Mountain also encouraged employees and contractors to donate and to wear an orange shirt to show support.

Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society

The Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society directly supports Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members in Urban Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory. It offers services such as outreach programs, childcare, counselling, food hamper/nutrition programs, and access to health care and wellness initiatives. The funds granted by Trans Mountain directly supported the Society’s efforts to move forward with construction of a new Friendship Centre. Upon completion of the new building, the Society will expand its programming and provide on-site affordable social housing units prioritized for elders, single mothers and Indigenous families.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a 20-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors, their families and those dealing with intergenerational trauma. The IRSSS manages a 24-hour crisis line in addition to providing counselling, health services and cultural support. The funds Trans Mountain donated assisted the IRSSS with its ongoing efforts to support Residential School Survivors, with a particular focus on elders.

Orange Shirt Society

The Orange Shirt Day Society was formed in Williams Lake, BC to support reconciliation events and activities. Its goal is to raise awareness across Canada of the continuing intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools and the concept that “Every Child Matters.” The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30 aims to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the tragic legacy they have left behind. The funds donated by Trans Mountain supported the Society’s commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Blue River Community Garden Project

The Blue River Community Garden is a food-producing oasis in the heart of Blue River, BC. As part of Blue River Elementary School, the community garden is used as an outdoor classroom where students learn about plants, ecosystems, nutrition, economics and philanthropy. Trans Mountain supported the continuation of this project with a grant. Funds were used to install a new garden watering system, which includes a sprinkler set with a moisture-sensitive and WIFI-controlled timer. A drip line was also installed around the perimeter of the garden to assist with future growth.

Ten Peaks Innovation Xchange Student Conference

In October 2021, Ten Peaks Innovation Alliance Inc. hosted the first Innovation Xchange Student Conference in Edmonton, AB. The conference connected Alberta high school students and teachers with industry, government, non-government organizations and the scientific community to discuss the latest collective intelligence around energy, environment and climate. Trans Mountain supported the conference through a sponsorship opportunity. Funds were used to host keynote speakers who talked about green technology within the oil and gas sector, alternative energy companies and sustainability initiatives.

SHARE IMAGINE Virtual Gala 2021

IMAGINE is SHARE Family & Community Services Society’s signature fundraiser. Each year, the annual event raises funds that support SHARE’s numerous programs for Tri-City community members of all ages. Not only does the society provide counselling services, it also supports those battling addiction, need speech or occupational therapy, or are recently settled immigrants. Proceeds from the fundraiser also allow SHARE to keep its food bank shelves full. Trans Mountain supported the event through a sponsorship opportunity.