Thanks to funding from EQUS members, the kids of the Gull Lake Centre’s youth leadership program have some brand new canoes for their summer adventure trips!

The Gull Lake Centre applied for and received Operation Round Up funds to purchase canoes to be used by participants in their annual leadership camps. The camps are attended by approximately 90 youth annually, and first-year attendees participate in a week-long canoe trip on the Red Deer River. The trips provide opportunities for attendees to develop leadership and teamwork skills.

While supply chain delays meant the three new canoes didn’t arrive until December, they were able to purchase six used canoes for summer 2021 and shared how valuable these canoes were:

“Staff on the trip saw the participants grow in communication, team work, and leadership skills, as well as personal resiliency in the face of the challenges experienced. We saw the benefit of those relationships and skills throughout the rest of the summer as the same youth served in leadership positions with children during week-long practicums.”

We look forward to seeing these canoes be used for years to come!

Thank you, to the 97 per cent of EQUS members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding their bills up each month. It may be small change individually, but together it makes a difference, providing funding that supports rural youth and seniors. 

Learn more about Operation Round Up

EQUS Members Purchase Canoes for Gull Lake Centre Youth Camps

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