In 2017, Nexen donated $75,000 to the Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) to upgrade servers that support their Volunteer Crisis Line Program. The DCC ensures Calgarian’s experiencing crisis have a safe place to turn to by providing 24-hour support, professional counselling and referrals at no cost. Nexen made this investment in the community for a number of reasons:

  • With the economic downturn in Calgary and area, there has been an increased need for mental health supports

  • A priority project for the organization was to upgrade its server, which is essential to their ability to operate. Their current server will be end-of-life in 2018.

  • On an annual basis, the DCC responds to over 100,000 contacts in the community

In addition to monetary donations, Nexen supports employee volunteerism in the community. Through Nexen’s ReachOut Helping program , employees who volunteer 40 hours of more of their personal time can apply for a $1,000 grant to a charitable organization or $250 to an amateur sports organization. Shane Stronach, Engineer-Internal Audit with Nexen, was recently featured on the DCC’s website for his contributions at the organization. After spending over a year with the organization and completing 40 hours of volunteering, Shane applied for a volunteer grant from Nexen to support the DCC. 

“I came to volunteer simply because I wanted to,” Shane said, “but certainly the idea that Nexen would help support that, knowing that they promote volunteering, I think that helps [encourage] people to volunteer. I think it’s a great incentive, it shows that you’re working for a company that cares.”