New partnership brings investment in community wellness
Pembina Pipeline to fund supports for seniors, suicide prevention and counselling services.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation wants to help make Sturgeon County a healthier place to live. The company has announced it will invest $165 thousand over three years, towards a new community wellness initiative.
The funds will expand and enhance supports that help local seniors age in place, provide training in suicide prevention, and increase access to preventative mental health services – three areas identified as a priority by the community.
“This money is of huge importance. Partnerships with organizations like Pembina help us plan and create the kind of programs required to support healthy families and communities. We want to thank Pembina for this investment into our community,” said Mayor Alanna Hnatiw. “We look forward to offering residents improved access to these critical programs and services.”
“Pembina is making mental health and wellness a priority,” said Wayne Carey, District Manager at Pembina Pipeline Corporation. “We want to ensure our employees and their families have access to mental health support when they need it, and that help is available close to home.”
The largest portion of funding is being directed to develop a new suicide intervention training and education program. This program is intended to build capacity within the community so people know how to identify friends and family who may be struggling, and how to help.
Funding is also being allocated to improve access to counselling and wellness resources offered through Sturgeon County Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). FCSS has built a strong network of qualified professional service providers that can offer residents a variety of supports year-round and at no cost. Programs like the Living Well program have served the community for many years, and in 2020 provided counselling supports to over 100 residents. The additional funding from Pembina allows FCSS to increase the number of subsidized counselling service hours offered to the community.
The third part of Pembina’s funding will provide home care resources to enhance seniors’ quality of life. This will be used to establish supports that will help our parents and grandparents stay safe and healthy while living at home.
To find out more about the work of Sturgeon County Family and Community Support Services and the programming offered, visit SturgeonCounty.ca/FCSS.