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Travel Alberta lends a helping hand in flood recovery

Travel Alberta dispatched five separate groups of Team Members to support Albertans in flood recovery efforts on Tuesday July 2nd. Every Travel Alberta Team Member is an ambassador for Alberta and we take corporate social responsibility seriously. Initiatives like this feed into our overall strategic objective to drive organizational excellence. 

One group made the drive to Siksika Nation where extensive flood damage is keeping the community out of their homes. The team sorted donations and helped connect flood victims with much needed resources.  

“It was amazing to be out there and see how many donations they've had,” said Bart Donnelly, Director, Travel Trade. “You get a sense of how many people have volunteered their time and provided support to this community.” 

Team Members also spent the day sorting donations at the Calgary Dream Centre and Women in Need Society. Both locations are dealing with a steady influx of donations to help get flood victims back on their feet. 

“It seems so small but the work we did is helping to propel people and our province forward,” said Rachel Wilson, Specialist, Travel Trade. “It was awesome to go in, volunteer, and give back to the community, especially now.”

Another team went to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) where refuge is being provided for flood displaced dogs and cats by placing them in temporary foster homes. Many evacuated animals will not be able to go home for another three weeks, and some as long as three months. The team supported the program by sorting donations and making sure foster parents have what they need to care for the animals.  

Meals on Wheels was also grateful for some help from Travel Alberta. The Travel Alberta team took on six routes to deliver meals around Calgary, including some flood affected areas. The team finished off the day by making more than 400 sandwiches for the drop-in centre.

“It was wonderful to be a part of such a great cause and help those in need,” said Kayley Samela, Human Resources Generalist. “It is great to see so many charities branching out and expanding their services to help the flood victims.”

Many organizations across Alberta are seeking volunteers to assist with flood recovery efforts. For ideas on how you can help click here




(Team Members at Siksika Nation with Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier)  

(Volunteer driving on a delivery route with Meals on Wheels)
 
(Donations to be sorted at the Women in Need Society)

(Team Members making sandwiches at the Meals on Wheels headquarters)
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