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28 mai 2007 23h59 HE

Fort McMurray children learn about the importance of wetlands

Fort McMurray, Alberta — Students in the Fort McMurray area will be able to experience the wonders of wetlands first hand, thanks to a new educational program funded by the Suncor Energy Foundation.

Through Ducks Unlimited Canada's (DUC) Project Webfoot wetland education program, more than 25 Grade 5 classes in Ft. McMurray will receive information about wetlands in the classroom, plus a field trip to a local wetland, an essential experience according to DUC Provincial Education Specialist Jerry Brunen. "Kids learn best when they have the opportunity to see and experience something firsthand, which has been made possible by Suncor's investment," Brunen says.

Suncor is committed to enhancing the quality of life in its key operating communities. This project is part of Suncor's efforts to support conservation and education. Over the next three years, the Suncor Energy Foundation will invest $89,000 in Project Webfoot, allowing approximately 2,000 Grade 5 students from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to visit Crane Lake as part of the program, making it a hub of wetland activity and learning.

"The students who participate will better understand the importance of healthy, sustainable wetlands environments," says Brunen. 

"By investing in Project Webfoot, we are helping to enhance the environmental awareness of these students," says Cathy Glover, director of the Suncor Energy Foundation. "As leaders of tomorrow they will help ensure that the Wood Buffalo region remains a vibrant place to live and work."

Field trips were held at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park from May 14-18 and Crane Lake May 22-24 in the Ft. McMurray area.  The lakes are part of a huge network of wetlands, rivers and other bodies of water located within Canada's Western Boreal Forest, which contains almost one-quarter of the world's remaining intact forests.

The Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit charitable foundation established by Suncor to receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations. As an 'Imagine Caring Company,' Suncor invests at least one per cent of average domestic pre-tax profits to charitable and non-profit causes each year.

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For more information, please contact:

Anh Hoang, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Office: (780) 489-8110
Cell: (780) 297-9070

Cathy Glover, director Suncor Energy Foundation
(403) 205-6806