Employees of the C$90.3 billion ($71.9 billion) Alberta Investment Management Corp. are doing what they can to help evacuees who fled from the huge wildfire earlier this month in Fort McMurray, 234 miles north of AIMCo's home base in Edmonton.
“These wildfires are tragic beyond words and like many organizations in Alberta, we're gearing up to support in whatever way we can,” said Denes Nemeth, spokesman at AIMCo, which manages the province's public pension and other assets. “Many here know someone who was impacted by the fire, so in some way we're all impacted.”
Along with encouraging staff to contribute to Canadian Red Cross fundraising efforts, employees have started a competition among departments at AIMCo to collect the most non-perishable food to donate to the Edmonton Food Bank to distribute to evacuees in the provincial capital.
About 15,000 of the 88,000 people forced to flee Fort McMurray since May 1 have received assistance in some form at the emergency reception center at the Edmonton Expo Center at Northlands, one of 12 reception areas established around the province.
Provincial authorities have said Fort McMurray residents might not be allowed to return to their homes until at least May 22, making the assistance efforts a long-term task. “What's been tremendous is that so many people in the community, here at AIMCo and around the neighborhoods, have been doing food and clothing drives drives to help.”