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GE Funds Water Quality Testing Equipment to Help Kids Answer: “How healthy is your river?”

 

GE presents RiverWatch with cheque to fund science equipment, Jan 21. (L-R): Judy Eng-Hum, Alberta’s Promise; James Cleland, GE; Cal Kullman, RiverWatch Institute of Alberta; Cheryl Dalwood, Alberta’s Promise.
GE presents RiverWatch with cheque to fund science equipment, Jan 21. (L-R): Judy Eng-Hum, Alberta’s Promise; James Cleland, GE; Cal Kullman, RiverWatch Institute of Alberta; Cheryl Dalwood, Alberta’s Promise.

With the help of Alberta’s Promise, GE has partnered with the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta to fund new science equipment and give even more high school students the unique opportunity to study river health in Alberta.

The partnership was announced on January 21 when GE’s James Cleland, Global General Manager of Heavy Oil, presented Cal Kullman, Executive Director of RiverWatch, with a cheque for $12,500 for lab equipment to support the science program for the coming year.

The RiverWatch Science Program is a great partnership fit for GE. With an interest in supporting science-based programs for kids, GE is investing in the young minds that may one day support the company’s drive for innovative solutions in energy, health and home, transportation, and finance. The partnership is also personally meaningful to James, whose own three children have participated in RiverWatch programs when they were in school.

Over the past twenty years, Alberta RiverWatch has helped over 100,000 Alberta students answer the big question, “How healthy is your river?” The RiverWatch Science Program, which runs from April-June and September-October in six communities throughout the province, takes kids out of the classroom and puts them right in the middle of the action. This year, over 10,000 kids will be given a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore their local river ecosystem aboard large inflated rafts equipped as floating laboratories.

Thanks to GE — a new Alberta’s Promise partner that supports employee volunteering through GE Days — RiverWatch will be able to purchase the water testing equipment for another year of programming.

Both partners continue to explore opportunities for further collaboration going forward.

Source Alberta’s Promise

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