To date, the EQUS Community Connection
has helped raise more than
for the betterment of
communities in rural Alberta.
EQUS employees are committed to making a difference in the communities we serve. The EQUS Community Connection (ECC) Committee is an employee-led fundraising initiative dedicated to making a difference year-round throughout our Service Area.
All funds raised by the ECC go towards an initiative-of-choice that is carefully selected to ensure the greatest benefit for those Albertans living in rural areas. In 2022 the ECC provided $25,000 to Search and Rescue Alberta to support the development of AdventureSmart programming. In 2021, funds supported the Farm Safety Centre with delivery of their in-school safety programs in rural schools, and in 2020 the ECC provided $10,000 to HALO Air Ambulance to fund the purchase of an emergency fuel resupply trailer.
For 2023, we are pleased to be able to share that our fundraising for the year will support the Agriculture Discovery Centre. The ECC's funds will go towards the development of a series of Agri-Food Toolkits that will bring the hands-on agriculture, environment, and sustainability lessons of the Agriculture Discovery Centre into classrooms in rural EQUS communities.
EQUS employees at all three of our offices collect funds through the following staff events:
- Themed staff lunches
- Garage sale
- 50/50 draws
- Vending machine revenues
- Christmas cookie sale
- Christmas party silent auction
In addition to these events, EQUS Area Offices compete in a Christmas food drive to collect non-perishable items for our local food banks and raise funds from staff and the EQUS Board of Directors to "Adopt-a-Family" and provide gifts and food to families in need in our rural communities at Christmas.