GivingTuesday 2021: Press Kit
News Release: Calgary, Alberta, Canada (November 30, 2021) – NOVA Chemicals today announced an additional US $600,000 commitment in COVID-19-related supports across our operational regions, bringing the total amount given for pandemic relief to US$1.25M, as part of efforts to meaningfully give back to our neighbors and their communities.
“While we continue to see positive momentum toward a world with higher vaccination rates and fewer restrictions, the impacts felt by the pandemic will unfortunately have lasting effects. I am proud of NOVA’s commitment to ensuring there is food on the table for tens of thousands of people, mental health supports are available where and when they are needed, and that no one in our communities is left behind.”
“GivingTuesday is the perfect time for all of us to show our neighbors they will not be forgotten as the world recovers from this pandemic,” said Jasinski. “NOVA has a strong history of showing up for our communities when it’s needed most, and we are pleased to be in a position to provide needed support heading into what will still be a difficult holiday season for so many.”
– Mona Jasinski, SVP HR and Communications, NOVA Chemicals
“We are thankful to NOVA for this generous donation in support of Mental Health and Addictions programs at Bluewater Health and within the community as we continue to work toward opening an ACCESS Open Minds. COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of so many in the Sarnia-Lambton community and demand for treatment has been consistently high throughout the pandemic. As a result, we know that some are not being able to receive or access the care, treatment and resources they need and deserve. This gift will have a tremendous impact and will help to strengthen mental health services in Lambton County. Most importantly, it will bring hope to those in need of mental health care.”
– Kathy Alexander, Executive Director, Bluewater Health Foundation
“We are overwhelmed with the generosity of NOVA and their spirit of caring for those in their community! COVID has had significant impact with so many losing jobs or housing. Alongside that, The Inn has lost our major food-raising events and many of our regular food donors as schools, businesses and churches have been closed more than open the past 16 months. We’ve also seen a 600% increase in the number of homeless. NOVA’s generous donation will help provide food, hot meals and warm beds for those most vulnerable due to the ongoing pandemic.”
– Myles Vanni, Executive Director, Inn of the Good Shepherd
“This generous support will make a huge difference in the Central Alberta community. As an organization that actively works in community, we see the challenges faced by social services agencies and do not always have the resources to address them. This funding will allow us to work with community partners to address some of the challenges they are facing because of COVID and help them to deliver their vital services to their clients. A huge thank you to NOVA Chemicals for once again being a caring community supporter.”
– Brett Speight, CEO, United Way Central Alberta
“This donation is very appreciated and makes a big difference in how much we can provide to the people in an insecure food situation. It constitutes approximately 5% of our budget, which means that food has been secured for approximately 500 households in our region.
Because the Red Deer Food Bank can leverage the funds donated by partnering with local grocers and employing volunteer power, donations like this go much further, it means that as much as five times as many people can benefit from this monetary gift.”
– Mitch Thomson, Executive Director of the Red Deer Food Bank
“United Way’s work with Community Hubs is more important than ever. The pandemic has further revealed how interconnected issues like mental health and social inclusion affect a community’s ability to thrive. As we move slowly toward recovery, our collective response to interconnected social issues will need the investment from companies like NOVA Chemicals to help build resiliency, inclusivity and support to strengthen our city’s social fabric. Together we are building a better future.”
– Karen Young, CEO, United Way of Calgary & Area
“The COVID-19 Pandemic has been incredibly challenging for Distress Centre Calgary. During this time our volunteers and staff have experienced an increase in the complexity and intensity of our contacts. Now more than ever, we need to ensure that Albertans have access to critical mental health and crisis support, including the needs of our volunteers and staff provided to the community. NOVA Chemicals’ investment meets our strategic goal of committing to the well being and mental health of our volunteers and staff.”
– Robyn Romano, CEO, Distress Centre Calgary
Jennifer Nanz – Director, Communications
About NOVA Chemicals Corporation
NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer. We enable customer success with a portfolio of more than 125 virgin resins, a growing portfolio of PCR, and best-in-class technical and applications development support. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to Sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Visit NOVA Chemicals at www.novachem.com.