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2023 Friends of Education Award - Inter Pipeline

The Northern Lights Public Schools Board of Trustees presented Inter Pipeline with a 2023 Friends of Education Award at the Board’s meeting on Wednesday, January 17.

Inter Pipeline was nominated by Iron River School for its support of the school’s literacy and physical education programs. Over the past five years, Inter Pipeline has donated over $30,000 for the school’s Accelerated Reader Program, library books, reading incentives and celebrations, as well as sports equipment.

“We are grateful for the support provided to our schools and students by Inter Pipeline and we are particularly appreciative that they have chosen to partner with our smaller, rural schools,” said Board Chair Karen Packard. “Community partnerships like this are incredibly important in being able to provide enhanced learning opportunities to our students.”

Thanks to Inter Pipeline’s support, Iron River School was able to start an archery program. The company also makes annual donations to the school’s Christmas and hockey tournament auctions.

“They are fantastic people to work with and such a blessing to our school community,” said Iron River School Principal Dustin Blake.

In addition to its support of Iron River School, Inter Pipeline is also a generous supporter of Ardmore School as well. The company has sponsored the school’s annual Duck Race for many years and in 2016 became the naming sponsor for the event’s top three prizes, valued at over $40,000. Inter Pipeline also provides traffic control services for the race and brings fun prizes for children who complete the Duck Race Scavenger Hunt.

“Without Inter Pipeline, our duck race would be a fraction of the event it has become,” said Ardmore Principal Marjorie Charles. “We are extremely thankful for their continued support and sponsorship of our Duck Race.”

Inter Pipeline also supports APPLE Schools which is active in many of the division’s schools and promotes healthy eating, physical activity and improving mental health. Through its Discovery Awards program, high school students who are pursuing post-secondary studies in an industry-related field can apply for financial assistance.

“Inter Pipeline demonstrates a strong commitment to supporting children and families and giving back to the community,” said Packard. “We are honoured to recognize their contributions to our schools and the amazing opportunities that have been created for our students.”

"As a local Inter Pipeline employee and long time resident of the area, to be a part of important contributions like this that make a difference in a community where I’ve raised my own family means a lot. I am proud to see us continue to support initiatives like this that make a difference in the lives of students." - Allen Brundige, Inter Pipeline Supervisor Pipeline Field Operations 

Inter Pipeline is one of three recipients of a 2023 Friends of Education Award. Information about all current and past recipients is available on the NLPS website.

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