TransAlta seeks to invest in communities where we can have meaningful impact and enhance the quality of life where our employees work and live. Our investments fill a recognized need and build the sustainability of the communities where we operate.
Along with in-kind assistance, TransAlta has identified three Community Investment Pillars which we are committed to supporting:
TransAlta Performing Arts Studio
In 2017, TransAlta, along with the Calgary Stampede Foundation, proudly unveiled the TransAlta Performing Arts Studio at Stampede Park. The 13,000 square-foot studio was designed to provide Calgary’s youth a year-round facility to rehearse, train and celebrate the arts. Open to both Calgary Stampede Foundation programming and Calgary’s youth performing arts groups, the TransAlta Performing Arts Studio will promote youth achievement and the community for years to come.
TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre
The Smith Family - Toy & Book Appeal
Hazel Orme Community Kindergarten
The goal of their multi-year renovation project is to achieve a more “natural classroom environment”. This has been promoted in many projects that the kindy has participated in such as a nature play area and contributing to the development of the community orchard next door.
More men are surviving prostate cancer than ever before – in fact, survival rates in Australia have increased by 30% in the last 25 years. While this is great news, it means that there are more men living with the impacts of prostate cancer treatment which can be completely life changing. As quality of life is as important as a longer life, we fund and manage TrueNTH Prostate Cancer, which helps men and their partners access the care they need when they need it.
Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
In Australia 3 out of every 4 suicides are by men. Due to this, the Movember Foundation’s mental health work focuses on prevention, early intervention and health promotion. To help tackle this, Ahead of The Game is a sports-based initiative that targets adolescent men, their coaches and their parents. The program involves a mental health awareness campaign for adolescents, workshops on the signs of mental health problems, online learning modules, a guide for coaches to improve the motivation of their athletes, and a workshop specially designed for parents.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. In order to better support men who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer and to help them navigate the journey from diagnosis and into survivorship, we created TrueNTH Testicular Cancer – a digital tool designed and built with the help of men who had lived through testicular cancer to give men the information they need in a way that makes sense to them. It also provides the opportunity for men who are facing a diagnosis of testicular cancer to reach out and make contact with someone who has been there before and who knows what the journey feels like.
Volunteer Marine Rescue Service Port Hedland Inc.
The Port Hedland Volunteer Marine Rescue is a not for profit/volunteer group that is tasked with ensuring the safety of Pilbara Mariners. The VMR respond to call outs for broken down vessels, capsized vessels, downed helicopters at sea, flare sightings, EPIRB activations, Man Overboard and Search and Rescues.
VMR’s Primary Rescue Vessel (the Iron Pride) had reached 6 years old and was due for overhaul per scheduled maintenance guidelines. This overhaul will improve the reliability of the vessel and give the VMR improved search and rescue technology that will aid in operational readiness. The VMR are currently seeking funding to complete the Iron Pride (our Primary Rescue Vessel) Overhaul. They aimed and succeeded in sending the Iron Pride to Perth at the end of 2018 to have this overhaul completed.
Also TransAlta supported Volunteer Marine Rescue by funding Coxswain Training for four of their senior skippers. The training is key to make sure the VMR team have the skills to continue to successfully complete Search and Rescue missions. These four VMR skippers now have higher marine qualifications and skillsets to help in Marine Search and Rescue Operations. This training was completed through North Regional
Goldfields Disabled Sports
Disabled athletes in the Goldfields region have limited access to sports and sporting facilities. The WADSA athletics competition allows the local athletes to compete against similar athletes from across the state, and potentially allow athletes to progress further in their sports. The success of the team is measured in the high participation rates they regularly achieve, as well as GDS currently having many record holders from the ages of 5 up to 40+. GDS is the only disabled sports club in the Goldfields and makes the largest contingent that attends the competition.
TransAlta donated to support the clubs attendance at the annual WA Disabled Sports Association (WADSA) Regional State Championship. They were able to take roughly 20 athletes and 6 carers to Perth for the competition, held in the first half of 2018.
The sports clubs major goal is to allow the athletes to participate in their chosen events, with a minimal cost to their families that are already burdened by high medical financial requirements. For many parents/carers it is also the only time during the year they are able to have respite from the heavy duties of caring for their children.