Wood Buffalo Housing Development Corporation Rental Units Cleared for Re-Occupation

WBHDCThe Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation (WBHDC) announced today it has cleared all its rental accommodations for re-occupation by residents displaced by wildfire, with the exception of seniors’ accommodations. WBHDC has completed the cleaning of the common areas in all its buildings including all walls, ceilings and carpets, HVAC systems and air scrubbing, and replacement of insulation in buildings where it was required. Sample data tested by our environmental consultant identifies ‘minimal concern for occupant health and safety.”I want to commend WBHDC staff who returned to Fort McMurray early, our insurance adjuster, Crawford Canada, and the more than 350 clean-up contractors that have enabled us to open our doors ahead of schedule,” said Maggie Farrington, Chair of WBHDC’s Board.

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Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions in Calgary Honoured with 2016 Community Justice Award

Aventa Centre logoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards event co-hosted with the Medicine Hat Police Service at McDougall Centre in Calgary. The 2016 Community Justice Awards have been presented to recipients from across Alberta in recognition of their local community safety and crime-prevention work. Aventa received an award in the category of Leadership for providing a holistic and client-centred approach to addictions and trauma recovery.  Aventa was recognized along with following recipients; in the category of Innovation; Kainai Peacemaking Program (Blood Tribe), in the category of Community Mobilization; Constable Steven Baker (Lethbridge Police Service), in the category of Partnerships and Collaboration; Sergeant Gary Maclaren (Maskwacis RCMP Detachment), Tully R. Johnson (Rosebrier Rural Crime Watch), and Constable Scott Lowe (Peace River RCMP Detachment).

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Ardene Foundation Raises $62,651 for Families Impacted by Fort McMurrary Wildfires

Ardene FoundationArdene Foundation has responded to the Fort McMurray fires by launching a donation campaign to support the affected communities, many of whose homes have been destroyed. As proud longstanding members of the community, with locations in Fort McMurray and across Alberta, Ardene is committed to doing its part in more ways than one. The donation campaign began with a pledge to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal, and shortly after, developed into a drive to collect $1 donations from shoppers in all 333 stores nationwide. Together, with the generosity of their customers, the company has raised $62,651. In addition to donations, Ardene has taken a decision to present gift cards and unemployment assistance directly to affected team members. 

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Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation Announces Tenant Rent Relief

WBHDC logoThe Wood Buffalo Housing & Development Corporation (WBHDC) announced today it will provide rent relief to all tenants beginning May 3, the first day of the mandatory evacuation, up to such time as tenants are allowed to safely re-occupy their rental units.  Rent relief will apply, at minimum, to the months of May and June. WBHDC Board members Maggie Farrington (Chair), Jennifer Best, Jason Schulz and Jag Singh attended a telephone meeting the morning of Wednesday, May 18, and voted unanimously to provide rent relief to all WBHDC tenants displaced by the wildfire evacuation.  “Though the law states we are legally entitled to collect rents, even during such a terrible disaster, the Board felt strongly we had a moral obligation not to impose additional hardship upon our tenants who have already suffered so much,” said Farrington. 

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