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Essex Power makes annual $10,000 donation to the town

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Essex Powerlines has continued its “Youth in Community Fund” donations with Amherstburg getting its $10,000 share Monday night.

Essex Power Corporation is making a $40,000 donation through its Youth in Community Fund with it being shared among Amherstburg, Leamington, LaSalle and Tecumseh to “advance local, youth related investment.” To date, Essex Power says it has funded a total of $160,000 youth driven initiatives in the communities it serves.

Some of the proceeds will be going to the Essex Empowerment Group, a group of about 15 girls from across the area that meet Wednesday nights at the Libro Centre. The girls are mainly from Amherstburg at this point and range in age from 10-14.

The Essex Empowerment group is newly formed, said manager of recreation services Rick Daly and “focuses on mentorship and positive role modelling. This program is unique because it was created, developed and ran by youth, for youth.”

Daly added that “Essex Power has given us the opportunity to run a program that empowers young girls to be the strongest and most true version of themselves that they can be.’

“As a father of four girls, I am glad to see that a girls empowerment group thanks to my place of employment,” said Joe Barile, general manager of Essex Powerlines.

Essex Powerlines general manager Joe Barile presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and the Essex Empowerment Group Monday night. The money is through the “Youth in Community” fund.

Essex Powerlines general manager Joe Barile presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and the Essex Empowerment Group Monday night. The money is through the “Youth in Community” fund.

Essex Empowerment Group facilitators Elizabeth Di Paolo and Mackenzie Robson said the money their group will receive will help the group grow its programming and expand its membership. Such topics they discuss include self-esteem, bullying, relationships and being a positive role model.

“They all come from diverse backgrounds,” Di Paolo said of the membership.

Robson said the group “has really opened my eyes” and that was something Di Paolo agreed with.

Barile would also tell council about other works of Essex Power. He noted in 2005, the provincial control over hydro bills was at about 75 per cent while the provincial portion of a typical hydro bill is now 81 per cent.

Essex Power tries to keep the share of the rates near the rate of inflation and works with customers on how to save energy, said Barile. He said Essex Power is on pace to meet its conservation targets for the period of 2015-20.

As for outages, Barile said many are due to tree contacting power lines. Due to maintenance, that number has dropped from about 30 in 2005 to less than five in 2016, according to Barile. They have also developed in-house technology to better manage the grid, he added.
The town’s cumulative dividend over the last five years is over $1.1 million, he added, and that the company also continues to invest in infrastructure. They are the 16th most efficient distribution company in Ontario as opposed to Hydro One, which is 66th.

Essex Power has expressed interest in acquiring more Hydro One shares in Amherstburg, with Barile acknowledging that some streets see customers served by Essex Power on one side and Hydro One on the other.

Councillor Diane Pouget said the previous council made its share of mistakes but one mistake they didn’t make was selling their Essex Power shares.

Councillor Rick Fryer said many still have difficulty paying their bills, primarily due to the 81 per cent share of the bills controlled by the province.

“That 81 per cent is hurting a lot of residents,” said Fryer.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo pointed out the money that comes back to the town from Essex Power every year.

“I can honestly say Essex Power is a partner,” said DiCarlo.

Essex Power makes third $10,000 donation through “Youth in Community” fund

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex Power Corporation has stepped up to the plate for the third straight year by helping to fund youth programming in Amherstburg.

Essex Powerlines general manager Joe Barile was at the Libro Centre Friday evening where he presented a cheque for $10,000 to the town under the “Youth in Community” fund. Manager of recreation services Rick Daly noted this was the third straight year the town has received a donation from the Essex Power Corporation and said the fund “has helped Amherstburg in many ways.”

One such way was the creation of the Essex Power Energy Zone, the multi-purpose activity room that was created just east of the eating area at the Libro Centre.

Essex Power Corporation donated $10,000 to the town of Amherstburg for the third straight year with Friday's cheque presentation part of the “Youth in Community”fund established by the power distribution company. Essex Power GM Joe Barile and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, both at the far left of the photo, stand with representatives of local youth sports groups. Youth programming will be the beneficiary of this year's grant.

Essex Power Corporation donated $10,000 to the town of Amherstburg for the third straight year with Friday’s cheque presentation part of the “Youth in Community”fund established by the power distribution company. Essex Power GM Joe Barile and Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, both at the far left of the photo, stand with representatives of local youth sports groups. Youth programming will be the beneficiary of this year’s grant.

Barile said they not only are the people they serve customers, but they are owners as well.

“We therefore make a concerted effort to ingrain the company that you own into the fabric of your community,” said Barile.

Essex Power provides “general guidelines” for how they would like the money to be used but it is up to each member municipality how they use their share. LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh are the other municipalities served by Essex Power.

“The best part of the Youth in Community fund event like this is we get to see the groups and individuals that have or will benefit,” said Barile, as members of Skate Amherstburg and other recreational groups looked on.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo accepted the donation on behalf of the town with Bill Wark, the town’s other representative on the Essex Power board of directors also being in attendance.

“Amherstburg is a proud partner in Essex Power,” said DiCarlo. “They are not just a distribution company, but a group of people committed to the communities they serve.”

DiCarlo noted the money is put to good use.

“With this grant from the Essex Power Corporation, the recreation division is able to provide many programs, events and activities such as Skate Amherstburg’s STARskate program, the end of summer Family Appreciation Day, the Amherstburg Sharks swim meet and the Holiday Family Movie Night,” stated DiCarlo. “Essex Power is a true corporate friend to the town. Their contribution allows us to look at program development for our young residents on a continuous basis.”

The town states the 2016 contribution will continue to be utilized to assist with existing youth programming costs, special event activities and the development of new programs geared towards Amherstburg’s youth.

Town receives $10,000 from Essex Power for recreational needs

 

Essex Power president/CEO Ray Tracey (left) presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo with the money to be used for local youth programs.

Essex Power president/CEO Ray Tracey (left) presents a $10,000 cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo with the money to be used for local youth programs.

By RTT Staff

 

The Town of Amherstburg has received $10,000 to aid in recreational programming.

Essex Power Corporation presented a cheque for $10,000 under their “Youth in Community Fund” with Essex Power president and CEO Ray Tracey presenting the cheque to Mayor Aldo DiCarlo.

Tracey explained that it is to be used to benefit local youth organizations in the community. Similar donations are made in other communities Essex Power services, including LaSalle, Tecumseh and Leamington.

The criteria for the donation is it is to be given to organizations that are youth driven or involves youth 18 years and under, where the event or program will have an element of education, fitness, art/cultural, or social responsibility, where the event or program will have an element of mentoring and/or developing youth and where there is a significant volume of youth benefitting from the funding. The organizations also must be within the communities of which Essex Power services and also must be a recognized organization of the municipality and a shareholder administered program/event.

Rick Daly, the town’s manager of business development and programs, said the previous council gave them an exemption last year and allowed last year’s donation to be used to build a new room at the Libro Centre. The room, located between Rink B and the indoor soccer facility, is called the “Essex Power Energy Zone” and is used for youth programming.