Thursday, November 13, 2008

Saint John Board of Trade Announces Recipient of 2008 Big Heart Award

The Saint John Board of Trade is very pleased to announce the recipient for the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards “Big Heart Award” category. The awards dinner and presentations will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.

The Big Heart Award, established in 2003, recognizes those who are working to make this community a better place to live through their support of charitable or other community causes. This award is open to non-profit or charitable organizations, or to companies for their support (through time and money) of those organizations.

The independent judging panel has selected Canaport LNG as this year’s recipient of the Big Heart Award.

Canaport LNG, a partnership of Irving Oil and Repsol, is building a state-of-the-art liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving and regassification terminal in Saint John. This will be the first such plant in Canada and, when completed, will supply natural gas to Canadian and American markets. Although in operation in Saint John for only two years, Canaport LNG has already shown its deep commitment to the ongoing betterment of the Greater Saint John community through support for numerous local initiatives.

In addition to substantial donations to complete the Lily Lake Pavilion and fund a new digital mammography unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Canaport LNG also takes a hands-on approach to its philanthropy, encouraging staff involvement in organizations such as Junior Achievement, Children’s Wish Foundation and the First Steps Program. Clean-up projects at Marsh Creek, Red Head Road, Saint John Boys & Girls Club, Ocean Drive and Celebration Street Park Restoration Projects are just a few examples of the company’s commitment to improving the environment. The donation of Smart Boards to several schools in District 8, and a partnership with the Saint John Sea Dogs to promote Math through Hockey, illustrate the company’s continuing support for education. Canaport LNG’s sponsorship of Symphony New Brunswick and Saint John Theatre Company, and the introduction of Spanish-language festivals in Saint John, encourage cultural activities in the community.

A fitting candidate for the Big Heart Award, Canaport LNG has already become an integral part of the Saint John community and plans to continue its efforts to make a difference on projects that are important to the people of Saint John in the areas of healthcare, education and the environment.

Previous recipients of the Big Heart Award were The Greater Saint John Community Foundation in 2003, the Irving companies in 2004, The United Way of Greater Saint John in 2005, the Saint John YM-YWCA in 2006, and the Carpenters Training Centre in 2007.

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