Glacier donates $50,000 to Fort Mac relief efforts

A raging wildfire consumes the forest next to Highway 63 twenty four kilometres south of Fort McMurray Saturday, May 7, 2016. The "Beast", as it was called by Wood Buffalo fire chief Darby Allen, is a 1500 square kilometre inferno that has prompted the mass evacuation of nearly 90,000 people from the northern Alberta city. | Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta photo via flickr

The company that owns The Western Producer, Glacier Media, and The JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group are donating $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to bolster relief efforts in the wake of the massive wildfire that’s devastated Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The donation is also on behalf of other individual Glacier business units, which will undertake their own awareness and fundraising efforts to help the city and its residents rebuild their community and their lives, said Bill Whitelaw, president of JuneWarren-Nickle’s and Glacier’s executive vice-president in a press release.

Glacier, one of Canada’s leading media and information services companies, has also created a crowdfunding campaign, with all proceeds going the Red Cross efforts, at

Glacier is deeply involved in communities across western Canada with community newspapers and business information services, added Tim Shoults, Glacier’s vice-president of content and audience development in the same press release.

“This way, we can rally our readers, our customers and our communities to get behind the Red Cross efforts in a way that allows contributions of all sizes,” explained Shoults.

From an energy perspective, it’s important for Canadians from coast to coast to have a sense beyond the headlines of how important Fort McMurray is to the overall Canadian economy, Whitelaw said.

“It’s just not an Alberta dynamic…all Canadians need to step up and help get this engine running on all cylinders again, putting people, companies and their welfare front and centre,” said Whitelaw.

“Canada’s oilsands sector is a key part of our energy practice at JuneWarren-Nickles… we know these companies and these communities well. Like all other organizations that have stepped up with support, we want these folks to know we have their back.”

JuneWarren-Nickles produces the Oilsands Review and Oilsands Navigator as part of their oilsands products and services.

“As with our industry association partners such as the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Petroleum Services Association of Canada, we’re putting our contribution toward the Red Cross, to ensure the dollars we donate get amplified through provincial and federal contributions,” he added.

Glacier’s other business practices in mining, agriculture, environmental services and community media are also stepping up to keep the challenges Fort McMurray and the area faces in the coming weeks and months in terms of awareness, explained Whitelaw.

“In one way or another, all of our businesses touch Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo. Besting the fire is just the first among many challenges still to come.”

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