16-Sep-2011 Source: STARS
Enerplus Corporation, a Canadian independent oil and gas producer, has provided a $300,000 donation to the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) Saskatchewan program. The announcement took place at the Weyburn Golf Club on Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Mr. Ian Dundas, Executive Vice-President and COO from Enerplus, presented the donation to Andrea Robertson, President & COO for STARS. This donation is in addition to $322,000 that Enerplus has donated to STARS since 1992, and will be directed toward STARS education and training programs in Saskatchewan.
“Enerplus is proud to announce our renewed commitment to STARS, as safety is a priority for us. The donation will enable STARS to work with their partners in Saskatchewan to offer rural first responders ongoing education and training opportunities,” said Ian Dundas. “Safety has always been an integral part of how we develop energy resources, and we believe that our ongoing commitment to health and safety is critical to our success. Through great partnerships like this, we can continue to help provide meaningful services to our neighbours.”
STARS signed a service agreement with the Government of Saskatchewan in April 2011 to provide helicopter air ambulance services from bases in Regina and Saskatoon. The Regina base, to be located at the Regina International Airport, is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012. This base will operate with a BK117 medically-equipped helicopter.
“The provincial governmentcongratulates Enerplus on developing astrong corporate presence in southeast Saskatchewan,” Saskatchewan Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said on behalf of Health Minister Don McMorris. “We sincerely appreciate their generous contribution towards STARS medical helicopter service in our province, so that patients will quickly receivehigh qualityemergency medical carewhen theyneed it.”
“This very generous financial contribution will directly benefit critically ill and injured patients in Saskatchewan,” said Andrea Robertson. “We cannot thank Enerplus enough for their support.”
STARS is a charitable non-profit organization that has responded to more than 21,000 emergencies since it began in 1985. STARS provides service 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. STARS unique model of community, corporate and government support allows the organization to continue innovating excellence in patient care.
Enerplus is a responsible Canadian energy producer with a diversified asset base of high-quality, low-decline oil and gas assets. Enerplus conducts its business in a way that ensures the health and safety of its workers, respects the environment and builds positive, long-term relationships in the community.