The Legacy Centre, a new multipurpose family oriented space in Slave Lake, Alberta, is now the new home of the Slave Lake Elks and the Slave Lake Child Care Society (daycare). With a community hall that includes a 500 seat performing arts theatre, interpretation of the wildfire, and a First Nation cultural area, it will breathe new life into the region for cultural arts and other vital programs.
The Slave Lake Region celebrated the grand opening of the Legacy Centre on June 11, 2016, marking the culmination of a collective effort that started after the May 2011 wildfires that devastated the Slave Lake region. With so many individuals, families, businesses, and organizations displaced or affected, 12 petroleum companies with operations in the region came together and consulted with local stakeholders on ideas that would help the community rebuild and form a lasting legacy for the region. Stakeholders expressed the need for a centre that would serve multiple generations within the region and help bring the community together now and for years to come.
Working together with industry peers, over $6.4 million was raised, which included a donation of $2 million from Canadian Natural. This initial funding kick-started the project and was then continued through the efforts of the Town of Slave Lake, the Municipal District of Greater Slave River, Sawridge First Nation, and other community groups such as the Rotary Club. Substantial additional funding was secured from the Government of Alberta and the land for the Centre was donated by the local Elks organization.
With approximately 300 Canadian Natural employees living in the community and surrounding area, it was important for us to get involved and make a meaningful contribution to the rebuilding and redevelopment of this community. The Slave Lake Legacy Centre is an excellent example of a project that reflects the long-term partnerships that we’ve built in this community.
In addition to our donation to the Legacy Centre, Canadian Natural’s ongoing support for the Slave Lake region included a donation of $250,000 to the Slave Lake Multi-Recreation Centre over five years. The Recreational facility includes two ice surfaces, a field house, an indoor running track and an indoor children’s play area. The recreation centre will also be used to host community events, including concerts, festivals, trade shows, career fairs, graduations, banquets and any other events that can bring residents together and strengthen the sense of community for Slave Lake.
For more information about the Legacy Centre visit their website here.