Senior Community Investment & Internal Communications Advisor
Vermilion Energy Inc.
3500, 520 - 3rd Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T2P 0R3
There is value beyond ourselves in the communities where we operate. We care enough to look for it.
As a responsible energy producer, we are committed to giving back to the communities where our people live and work. We do this through our Vermilion Ways of Caring program, which focuses support in the following areas:
- Helping to address the issue of homelessness & poverty
- Health & safety promotion
- Environmental stewardship
- Celebrating Vermilion's cultures
For requests that are strongly aligned to any of the above focus areas please click here to apply for funding.
Here are just some of the ways we supported our communities in 2015:
- Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC)
We have been a sponsor of AARC's annual gala benefit dinner for several years running and look forward to supporting another successful event in 2016.
- Calgary Drop-In Centre ("The DI")
In addition to our monthly meal sponsorship, between 15 and 20 Vermilion staff also helped serve lunch at the DI on the fourth Tuesday of every month throughout 2015 and we have already renewed our support for 2016.
- Calgary Zoo's Empty Backpack Program
We are proud to have sponsored the Calgary Zoo's Empy Backpack Program for the 2014-2015 academic year. As a result of our support, 800 students and 175 teachers in 35 classes (kindergarten to Grade 3) from underserved schools (as identified by the Calgary Board of Education) will have the opportunity to participate in fully subsidized, inspiring, nature-based programming.
- Harlingen Food Bank
Our staff in the Netherlands collected over 3500 items for the Harlingen Food Bank as part of our first-ever NBU food drive competition held in November and December.
- Hockey Helps the Homeless
2015 marked the seventh year that we have been involved with Hockey Helps the Homeless as the presenting or co-presenting sponsor. Our involvement in 2015, which included financial support, fielding a team, and providing event-day volunteers, helped the Calgary tournament net over $150,000 (this is nearly $25,000 more than in 2014!) for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary, Habitat for Humanity, Inn From the Cold and YWCA of Calgary.
- St. Bartholomew's House
We continued our support of St. Bart's, which provides community based support, accommodation and assistance to homeless individuals in Perth, Australia.
- United Way of Calgary and Area
Our 2015 workplace campaign raised more than $362,000 for United Way. Through pledging, corporate matching and special events, we are proud to help make Calgary a city that is great for everyone.
- V-Powered Kids
We continued our support of the V-Powered Kids program at the Early Childhood Development Centre (ECDC) in Drayton Valley because we recognize that funding quality early childhood education is a key poverty reduction strategy.
- Vermilion Energy / YWCA of Calgary Employment Resource Centre
We helped launch the Vermilion Energy/YWCA of Calgary Employment Resource Centre (ERC) in June 2013 and continued our involvement in 2015 through participation in mock interviews and through facilitating training workshops. The ERC aims to help women maintain sustainable and meaningful employment that will make a difference for them and for their families. Its services are open to women accessing YWCA housing and support programs as well as those in the community, and include life skills support, job search techniques, resume writing assistance and connections to educational partners and employers. It also provides one-on-one career coaching, workshops and seminars, and drop-in services. The ERC builds on the success of our five-year Vermilion Energy/YWCA of Calgary Skills Training Centre program, which was launched in 2007.
- Wood's Homes
Construction on the Vermilion Energy Family Centre was completed in December 2014! The dream of a place for families to be together while in treatment at Wood's Homes is now a reality. Wood’s Homes is a multi-service, nationally recognized children’s mental health organization; the family centre will be a critical part of successful treatment and transition back into the community for at-risk youth.
We support the volunteer activities of our people and their families through our volunteer grant program. It's our way of recognizing the time and energy they give to the community on their personal time and it helps to create a culture of caring at Vermilion.
We organize "hands-on" opportunities for staff and their families to engage in company-sponsored volunteer activities during business hours. Our 2015 corporate day of caring was held at the Bowness Campus of Wood's Homes and involved 120 volunteers from Vermilion.
In addition to our corporate and business unit days of caring, a number of smaller groups organized their own team day of caring.