Thanks in part to the employees of Ontario Mining Association, member-company Noront Resources and its employees Fifth Annual Ring of Fire Christmas Fund, Santa will make a special early visit to some communities in the region.
Over the past four years, Noront has raised more than $75,000 in donations to help ensure that every child under 13 in Webequie and Marten Falls receives a wrapped Christmas gift.
This year, Noront has purchased and wrapped more than 350 Christmas gifts, which will be delivered to children living on and off reserve. If the weather cooperates, Santa and a team of Noront elves will be delivering gifts and festive pizzas in Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations
Along with these visits, the Christmas Fund takes Santa to Thunder Bay for celebrations and gift giving to people from the Webequie and Marten Falls First Nations living off reserve in that larger community.
We are told that Santa bears a striking resemblance to Glenn Nolan, Noront Vice President, Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Nolan is also currently serving his two-year term as President of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
“Watching the reaction of the children from the communities, seeing the joy in their reaction, the wonder in their eyes makes me want to go back year after year as Santa,” said Mr. Nolan.
“As a grandparent myself, I feel that sharing the gift of giving in the communities makes the holiday feeling more real to me and the people that I work with on this worthwhile project.”
“At Noront, we believe it is important to give back to the communities that surround our project,” said Kaitlyn Ferris, Manager Corporate Responsibility for Noront. “We have seen the benefit year after year of individual recognition that comes from the gifts and personal time with Santa through the youth’s bright smiles. These youth and families could potentially be our future employees and it is very important to invest in their well-being and begin to develop and nurture relationships with them.”
Five years ago, Noront decided to forgo its annual tradition of sending Christmas cards to suppliers and put the money towards this positive initiative. The program has evolved into an employee volunteer initiative. Financial donations supporting this effort have been received from board members, Noront employees, suppliers and friends of the company.
Noront would like to thank Nakina Airways, Intercity Canadian Tire in Thunder Bay, Carrick Express, Pennocks, Engage Learn and Connors Pizzeria in Geraldton for their generous donations of time, services and financial support.
Noront Resources is focused on developing the high-grade Eagle’s Nest nickel-copper-platinum-palladium deposit, the exploration and development of the Blackbird chromite discovery and regional exploration for additional deposits. The company holds a large land position in the Ring of Fire, an emerging multi-metals camp located in the James Bay Lowlands.
Mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. They volunteer and add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.
Perhaps Santa’s sleigh will provide some inspiration and ideas for the development of transportation infrastructure in the Ring of Fire area.