Monday , 2 August 2021
Cold Lake Elementary School. Image credit: NLPS.

Imperial donates $40K to NLPS to address hunger and mental health

An oil and gas producer has made a substantial donation to Northern Lights schools.

In November 2020, Imperial Cold Lake Operation made a donation of $40,000 to the Northern Lights Public Schools’ It Starts With Hope Project, which addresses the issues of food insecurity and mental health facing the student population in Cold Lake, Bonnyville and Lac La Biche.

The $40,000 donation will help to ensure that a portion of the student population across all 26 NLPS schools has the ability to focus on their studies, rather than the hunger they may be facing.

“The mental health and wellbeing of our students is a priority for Northern Lights Public Schools,” said Arlene Hrynyk, Board Chair of the Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees in a statement.

“The need for support is greater than ever and with help from partners such as Imperial, we are better equipped to meet the needs of our students. We are so grateful for the generous donation made by Imperial to support our strategic goals and make a difference for our students.”

With the importance of nutrition and mental health as a key component to the success of students, and it is something the Imperial Cold Lake Operation is proud to support.

“We are very proud of the relationship we have had with Northern Lights School District for many years, and are so happy that they have developed this program, particularly when the need for these services being so high during these challenging times”, said Jack Fraser, Imperial Cold Lake Asset Manager.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.