Van donation supports outreach program in Calgary
FirstEnergy Capital Corp. helped make Calgary's
streets healthier by donating funds to the Calgary Health Trust in
support of the Safeworks Program for a new Toyota Sienna van. The
van is an essential component for the Safeworks Program, which
serves all areas in Calgary. The Safeworks van, which is out on
Calgary's streets 363 nights a year, is equipped with a team of
nurses, social and outreach workers. It is from the van that this
team provides harm reduction services, including Hepatitis C and
HIV testing, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and
treatment and immunizations.
"The Calgary Health Trust is very grateful to FirstEnergy Capital
Corp. for their generous donation in support of the Safeworks
Program," said Jill Olynyk, interim Chief Executive Officer,
Calgary Health Trust. "This donation will ensure that Safeworks can
continue to offer services to its clients."
The need for a new van was brought to the attention of Kenneth
Rowan, Managing Director, Institutional Sales for FirstEnergy
Capital Corp. Alex Rowan, Kenneth's daughter and a social work
student at Carleton University, heard about the need for a new
Safeworks Program van and told Kenneth about it.
"FirstEnergy was holding a charity golf tournament and needed a
charity to sponsor. I am interested in harm reduction programs, so
I searched online, found the Safeworks Program and I told my Dad
about it," said Alex. "Not only was it an opportunity for Safeworks
to get funding for a new van, it also brought awareness about harm
reduction programs to the Calgary business community and
demonstrated why the programs need support."
Kenneth Rowan met with Safeworks staff to discuss their needs
and learn more about the program.
"By talking to the staff, I realized that Safeworks offers
essential services to its clients," said Kenneth. "FirstEnergy is
happy to be able to provide funding for the van to help Safeworks
continue to offer these valuable services."
Safeworks staff were very grateful for the donation.
"Although Safeworks provides daily services at partner
facilities, the van is able to reach out to individuals and
communities within and beyond the downtown core," said Barbara
Ross, Harm Reduction Supervisor with Alberta Health Services. "The
new van ensures we can maintain the program and meet the needs of
In 2010, the Safeworks Program had more than 13,000 client
interactions and administered more than 1,270 vaccinations, 450 STI
tests and 460 HIV tests.