September 21, 2020

AFDE Supports Back-to-School Event at McLeod Lake Indian Band

(Photo above) Maverick Porter’s family with their backpacks filled with school supplies from AFDE. Maverick is a Carpenter Apprentice at the Intakes Area. He has been working with AFDE for two years, initially starting as a Labourer in the Powerhouse in September 2018.

For students across the country, the school experience is going to be different this year as school boards and administrators plan and adjust to the realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. But the learning must continue!

AFDE and its partner companies all recognize the value of education, whether it’s continued education for our employees or supporting learning for future generations. By supporting children’s education, we are helping to lay a foundation for them to explore unlimited opportunities in the future.

During the first week of September, the McLeod Lake Indian Band, a Treaty 8 First Nation, held a special Back-to-School event in their community. Because of the pandemic, the event was held outdoors with physical distancing measures in place, and sponsor attendance was limited. AFDE’s support last year was appreciated so much that the Band made special provisions to allow us to be represented this year.

AFDE was provided a list of supplies that children generally require at the start of the school year. We decided to take the list of recommended supplies and fill it for each of the on-reserve students who are starting or returning to school this year. Our industrious administrator, Jennie Gagnon took the list and went shopping, then unilaterally decided that the list was deficient and needed to be expanded by a few items. We then added some AFDE branded swag for good measure. Thank you, Jennie!

AFDE’s Indigenous Opportunities Manager, Troy Van Bostelen attended the event on AFDE’s behalf and got to see the excitement on all of the children’s faces. AFDE wishes everyone a successful school year!

(Photo above) Project Administrator Jennie Gagnon went on a shopping spree to ensure that all of the on-reserve students at the MLIB have the supplies they will need for the new school year.