Shell Albian Sands announces $2.5 million partnership at State of the Island


(Fort McMurray, AB, October 20, 2012) – Shell Albian Sands announced it is the title partner for the MacDonald Island Park expansion project on Saturday night at State of the Island, MacDonald Island Park’s annual black-tie gala.

The partnership is valued at $2.5 million (all figures CAD) and commences immediately with the re-naming of the MacDonald Island Park expansion project to Shell Place. The facility will include an Outdoor Performance Stadium, Shared Space & Conference Centre, and Tournament Centre, among other features.

“Albian employees have called the Fort McMurray area home for more than 10 years, and we are proud to do our part in helping MacDonald Island Park continue as the  ‘heart’ of our community into the future,” said Tom Purves, Vice President, Shell Albian Sands. On behalf of our 2,300 Albian employees and our Athabasca Oil Sands Project joint venture owners, Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Corporation, we look forward to the opening of Shell Place.”

“The funds from the Shell Place partnership go directly to the MacDonald Island Park operating budget, which speaks to Shell Albian Sands’ commitment to the betterment of the community,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park.

“Because of this partnership we’re able to take a huge step towards ensuring that our key community programs and services remain as accessible and affordable as possible in an ever-growing region of the country,” said Reid. “We believe that Shell Place will be a much-needed and iconic addition to a new City Centre and we thank Shell Albian Sands for contributing in a major way to this journey.”

Purves was presented with a ‘Mi Team’ orange jacket on Saturday night along with joint venture owner representatives Steve Hutchison, Manager Oil Sands, Chevron Canada Limited, and Brian Maynard, Government Affairs Director, Marathon Oil Corporation.  Other partnerships announced at State of the Island:

·         AECON (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         Allnorth Consultants Limited (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         Aluma Systems (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         Architecture: ATB and 360 Architecture (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         ATCO Electric (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         Clark Builders (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         Nexen Inc. (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         TELUS (Outdoor Performance Stadium Suite)

·         SMS Equipment (Zamboni Partner)

·         Remote Access Technology (RAT Community Climb at K-Rock Climbing Wall)

“We’re tremendously appreciative of this historic level of support from Shell Albian Sands and all of our new partners,” said Nick Sanders, Chair of the MacDonald Island Park Board of Directors. “Overall, over $3,000,000 was raised in advance of State of the Island and we couldn’t be more honoured to partner with these community-minded organizations.”

Longtime community business leader and philanthropist John H. Wilson became the second inductee into the MacDonald Island Park Walk of Honour, awarded annually to an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to recreational, social and/or cultural life in the Wood Buffalo community. Wilson was inducted by Dr. Kevin Nagel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Keyano College; a commemorative tile will be etched on to the main concourse of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre next to 2011 inductee Brian Hatfield.

More than 700 invitees representing MacDonald Island Park’s corporate and community partners and special guests were treated to a special performance by eight-time Juno Award-winning Canadian legend Jann Arden, who delivered her classic hits “Insensitive,” “Good Mother” and “Unloved” among other favourites.

Dignitaries that shared stories of MacDonald Island Park at State of the Island included Brian Jean, MP for Fort McMurray-Athabasca; the Honourable Don Scott, Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency and Transformation and MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin; Mike Allen, MLA for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo; Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo; and Mark Little, VP, Oil Sands and In Situ, Suncor Energy.

The dignitaries were joined in attendance by members of Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council, including the Master of Ceremonies duo of Sheldon Germain and Russell Thomas, as well as 90-year old Helen Bishop, who was born at MacDonald Island almost a century ago.

Bishop was welcomed back into the MacDonald Island Park family as she was presented with a ‘Mi Team’ orange jacket following a video presentation.

“What a phenomenal evening at the Island,” said Reid. “This was the best State of the Island to date and with the completion of Shell Place around the corner we look forward to saying thank you to our partners again in 2013. To everyone that attended and to the entire community: Thank you for bringing this Island to life. You make everything that happens here possible.”

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