Feb 21, 2023

Supporting children and families in Kitimat

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When LNG Canada learned of the increased demand for licensed childcare in Kitimat, our team took action. A collaborative approach addressing the need brought forward a joint solution with LNG Canada donating more than $200,000 for the expansion of services at Coast Mountain Children’s Society.

LNG Canada’s donation will provide resources for up to 14 additional licensed childcare places, a new after-school program, passenger van transportation, and a newly renovated space.

Supporting children and families in Kitimat
The newly renovated toddler room at the Kitimat’s Coast Mountain Children’s Society was made possible by LNG Canada as part of a donation of more than $200,000.

“We recognize that access to reliable, licensed childcare is top of mind for families, communities and our own employees, many of whom will be operating our LNG facility in Kitimat for years to come,” said Teresa Waddington, LNG Canada’s Vice President of Corporate Relations. “We are very pleased to collaborate with Coast Mountain Children’s Society to address this immediate need.”

“By expanding our programs and services we are able to offer greater options for families,” said Danis Bachek, Executive Director, Coast Mountain Children’s Society. “The renovated space enables us to provide an enriching and supportive environment.”

This collaborative effort is also supported by Rio Tinto, which invested $88,000 towards the establishment of the new after-school program and the purchase of a 15-passenger van that will be used for transportation of children.

Supporting children and families in Kitimat
Rio Tinto invested $88,000 to support the establishment of a new after-school childcare program in collaboration with LNG Canada. This funding enabled the Coast Mountain Children’s Society to purchase a 15-passenger van that will be used for transportation of the children. Tania Pigeon, CMCS (left) Ashley Phillips, CMCS (second from left) Devrie Sanghera, Rio Tinto (second from left) Danis Latimer, CMCS (right)

“Access to childcare is an important issue for our employees and the wider community in Kitimat,” said Claudine Gagnon, General Manager Communities & communication at Rio Tinto. “We are working in collaboration with the local and provincial governments, other industry players and community organizations to find solutions that will provide more flexibility to parents and their children.”

This collaboration is one step in a larger effort as LNG Canada, businesses and other organizations find opportunities to enhance local services and infrastructure, benefitting the community and surrounding area.

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