Acklands Grainger donates money based on Jr A Pontiacs’ top point-getter.
The Bonnyville Jr A Pontiacs and Acklands Grainger presented the Bonnyville Health Foundation with a cheque for $3,300. The money comes from a challenge Acklands Grainger put forth to the Pontiacs. The company put the pressure on by pledging to donate money based on how many points the top point-getter on the team received.
Rick Cowan, Branch Manager of Ackland Grainger explains the challenge was a really fun way to help the community, “with our business in town, it’s important to be part of the community. By joining up with Jr A hockey it’s a great way to give back to the Health Foundation. Which really helps every single person, not just in Bonnyville, but the whole area.”
Alex Smyl, site administrator with the Bonnyville Health Foundation, says the money with make an impact, “it makes a big difference to us. What we’re able to do with this money is take the next step up and provide a higher equality of care. New innovations (equipments) are not always funded by the government.” Smyl explains that the Bonnyville Health Foundation raises money throughout the year and at the annual gala to purchase new equipment for the Bonnyville Hospital, “we’re always buying the latest and the best. For example we just finish approving over $66,000 for a special machine that can do more procedures in the ER department.” The goal is to be able to provide supreme health care in the region, “we do more at home, so we can send less away. The number of people we see at our facility is increasing drastically.”
Assistant Captain for the 2016-17 season, Aldean Dupuis brought in the most points, 58 in as many games. 26 of those were goal, while 32 came from feeding the other players assists.