Encana gives big financial boost to Calgary police youth program

Encana gives big financial boost to Calgary police youth program by Nadia Moharib, September 26, 2012, Calgary Sun
YouthLink gets $1 million boost
Encana Corp. on Wednesday announced the hefty gift for the Calgary Police Foundation to go towards creating a bigger and better YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Cente — going from its current downtown digs to a 13,000 sq.-ft. space at the northeast police headquarters. Working on the premise youth armed with information make better decisions, the centre now puts about half of the city’s Grade 6 students through a one-day visit to the centre. With the expanded facility, it will double that number, reaching 100% of Calgary’s Grade 6 students, Janet Pieschel, YouthLink’s executive director said. Without “glamorizing or distorting” the facts on issues from drugs to bullying, youth are instead given facts, she said. “Kids can’t make decisions unless they have the truth,” she said, adding it is key to offer their messages early to be effective.

“We look at this as an investment,” Bill Oliver, Encana’s vice-president and Chief Corporate Officer said. … Police Chief Rick Hanson said the “phenomenal” gesture is another example corporate Calgary steps up to the plate to ensure efforts contributing to public safety are recognized as ones which are shared. [Emphasis added]

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