November 17, 2009 11:57 ET

ATCO Launches Province-Wide Youth Campaign

More than 400,000 students invited to participate

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) -

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ATCO Group announced today its Celebrating Excellence program; a province-wide campaign to engage young Albertans who are demonstrating a commitment to community and leadership through sport, the arts, culture, education or volunteer work.

"The men and women of ATCO strive for excellence every day in virtually every community across Alberta," said Nancy Southern, President & CEO, ATCO Group. "We know many young Albertans are doing the same. Celebrating Excellence recognizes and celebrates the leaders of tomorrow who are making a difference in their communities today."

Alberta's more than 400,000 students in Grades 4 through 12 are invited to submit short compositions in their own words explaining what they are doing in their communities and schools to make a difference. Whether they are a Boy Scout or a Girl Guide, a member of a sports team, 4H, or a community volunteer, ATCO wants to hear how these young people are striving for excellence.

The Celebrating Excellence program is in association with WinSport Canada and the Alberta Government.

"The Government of Alberta, with our Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat, is proud to support the Celebrating Excellence program - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for community-minded students," said Cindy Ady, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. "We are pleased to shine a spotlight on the achievements of young Albertans, and to participate in part of the reward program for those who are making this province an even better place to live. We hope all schools, clubs, sport and cultural organizations, parents and community groups encourage Alberta's youth to share their stories."

Next February, one male and one female student from each of Alberta's 83 constituencies (166 in all), along with their guardians will be awarded an exclusive day in Vancouver, including charter airfare from Edmonton or Calgary, and ground transportation. Alberta is pleased to add the Olympic touch with tickets to sport and celebration events and a visit to Alberta House in downtown Vancouver. Eighty-three runners-up will receive laptop computers.

Eligible Alberta students are asked to submit their 150-650 word compositions online or by mail by January 5, 2010. Full details can be found at

Alberta-based ATCO Ltd., with more than 7,700 employees and assets of approximately $9.9 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and natural gas liquid extraction), Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement) and Technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at

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Contact Information

  • ATCO Group
    Carson Ackroyd
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications
    (403) 292-7563
    Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation
    Dan Huang
    (780) 427-1828