United Way announced as anchor tenant for Social Profit Shared Space at Shell Place

(Fort McMurray, AB, March 6, 2014) – The United Way of Fort McMurray was announced as the anchor tenant for the new Social Profit Shared Space at Shell Place at a news conference at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on Thursday morning.

The United Way of Fort McMurray was selected as the successful proponent following a public Request for Proposal for an anchor tenant for the Social Profit Shared Space at Shell Place was posted on Alberta Purchasing Connection from September 16 to November 18, 2013. One of four organizations that submitted a proposal of interest, the United Way of Fort McMurray was chosen by the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) Board of Directors on February 25 following an extensive document review and interview process that included review from a selection committee, the RRC capital projects committee and the RRC Board of Directors.

“United Way’s mission is to improve lives by building capacity in our community and The Redpoll Centre is a long-standing model of our success with shared space and services,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director of the United Way of Fort McMurray. “Our commitment to strengthening community benefit organizations, along with our experience, expertise and capacity will be an advantage as we undertake this opportunity to foster a wide array of new groups as we become involved with the exciting new project at Shell Place.”

Joining Shannon and United Way of Fort McMurray representatives at the announcement were Her Worship Melissa Blake, Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB); members of RMWB Council; Simone Marler, Communications Manager, Shell Albian Sands and Shell Albian Sands representatives; members of the RRC Board of Directors and Tim Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the RRC.

“Shell Place is coming to life with the new partnership between United Way of Fort McMurray and the Regional Recreation Corporation.” said Simone Marler, Communications Manager with Shell.  “Shell Canada and our oil sands joint venture partners, Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Corporation, saw early on that this shared space would be an essential piece of making this a great community. We congratulate the United Way of Fort McMurray for being chosen to lead the way for the social-profit sector.”

Approved by RMWB Council on July 10, 2012 as part of Shell Place, the Social Profit Shared Space at Shell Place is dedicated to organizations providing services in the social profit sector in the Wood Buffalo region. The anchor tenant is responsible for managing and operating the space and holds the master lease agreement with the intent of sub-leasing the space to community-based social profit and charitable organizations. The agreement requires that a minimum of 20% of the organizations be sport and recreation-focused, while a minimum of 20% are mandated to be community social profit organizations. The space will be leased to the United Way at below market value to facilitate its success and the social profit organizations located in the space.

“This announcement means Shell Place will be home to a premier Social Profit Shared Space managed by the best organization in the community to operate it,” said Michael Cachia, Chair of the RRC Board of Directors. “This is a model that could be integrated in other communities in the region, creating a sustainable and viable atmosphere for our valued and vital social profit organizations. We owe tremendous appreciation to Mayor Blake and RMWB Council for their vision and leadership in giving us the opportunity to steward this development, to the United Way of Fort McMurray for its partnership as anchor tenant and to Shell Albian Sands for its strong community support of Shell Place and our region.”

The United Way of Fort McMurray and the RRC are currently developing the lease agreement for the Social Profit Shared Space. More details, including an official opening date, will be released in the months ahead.


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