Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling. Orica takes pride in operating safely, responsibly, and sustainably around the globe. Founded in 1874, Orica has more than 140 years of experience and investment in innovation with a diverse workforce of around 11,500 employees, servicing customers across more than 100 countries.
As the COVID-19 situation developed, and restrictions stretched from days into weeks and months, the depth of impact to the communities in the areas where Orica operates became more and more evident. In response to this, a corporate initiative was enacted to provide funds for Orica sites to help support their local communities. The Orica Carseland site used this initiative to arrange a donation to Wheatland County which will allow Wheatland Family & Community Support Services (WFCSS) to continue their mandate of community care while complying with the precautions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Orica Limited, Carseland Manufacturing Plant, provided a generous donation of $5,000.00 to be allocated to the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The use of PPE is instrumental to safely mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Councillor Biggar worked closely with Orica Limited in order to ensure the funds were allocated to WFCSS for home care workers to safely work with their clients.
“Orica’s generous donation will have a huge impact on WFCSS,” stated Wheatland County Division 3 Councillor Donna Biggar. “This pandemic, and the need for PPE, was not anticipated and not included in WFCSS’ budget. This donation will go a long way to support home care workers providing care to the seniors and vulnerable residents in Wheatland County during these unprecedented times.”