Waste Management Leader Emterra Teams with The WRENCH to Support Newcomer Kids Headed to School

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Sep 14, 2016 - Emterra Environmental is well known for supporting communities within which it operates. In Winnipeg this week, it has teamed with employees to support newcomer children to Winnipeg School Division’s Hugh John Macdonald School. It has also teamed with The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (The WRENCH) to further support the children.

Under a “Tools for School” initiative, Emterra presented backpacks full of school supplies for two dozen new immigrant children to the community. Newcomers often have fled their home country due to war and poverty for a better life in Canada from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Thailand, Nepal, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. They now enjoy a taste of what it is like to start school on the right foot!  They are enrolled at Winnipeg School Division’s Hugh John Macdonald School on Bannatyne Avenue.

“Getting off to a good start at the beginning of each school year is what every parent wants for their children. And for newcomer children, it’s perhaps even more important. The team at Emterra is delighted that they can play a small role in helping to make the transition just a little bit easier,” said Emterra’s Winnipeg Senior Manager John Sitarek. He also expressed his gratitude to the principal, Vinh Huynh, and teachers of Hugh John Macdonald School for setting up the presentation event.

The children were also invited to participate in the WRENCH Earn-a-Bike program that sees them participate in restoring bicycles. At the conclusion of the program participants keep the bike.  The program also educates on bicycle safety, which includes the requirement to wear a helmet. Emterra Environmental also stepped up with financial support to the program, contributing a $4,000 grant to WRENCH to ensure that each of the estimated 200 children who participate in the program this year – including the newcomer children – gets a new helmet.

“At The WRENCH, our mission is to ensure that every kid who wants a bike has one to ride. But as we all know, in Manitoba, you need to wear a helmet for safety’s sake. That’s where Emterra comes in. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission. We’re very grateful to have Emterra Environmental on our team,” added WRENCH’s mechanical director, Geoff Heath.

On hand today to help present the students with backpacks and helmets were:

 Mike Pagtakhan, Winnipeg Deputy Mayor and Point Douglas Ward Councillor

 Geoff Heath, Mechanical Director, The Winnipeg Repair Education N’ Cycling Hub

 John Sitarek, Senior Manager, Emterra Environmental

 Representatives of Hugh John Macdonald School

As a Canadian leader in the waste resource recovery and waste management industry, Emterra Environmental is proud to support and partner with community education and charitable organizations such as the Winnipeg School Division and The Wrench to help foster healthy, sustainable communities.

Visit Emterra Group company websites at http://www.emterra.ca and http://www.emterrausa.com

John Sitarek | Emterra Environmental | 1029 Henry Ave, Winnipeg | 204.772.0770, Ext.105 | john.sitarek@emterra.ca

Source : Emterra Group - Emterra Environmental

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