Slave Lake Legacy Centre grand opening

Corporate Responsibility

Slave Lake Legacy Centre grand opening

The Slave Lake Legacy Centre opened its doors the summer of 2016, marking the five year anniversary of the May 2011 wildfires that devastated the region and the culmination of a collective effort that started back then.

With so many individuals, families, businesses, and organizations displaced or affected, 12 petroleum companies with operations in the region came together and consulted with local stakeholders on ideas that would help the community rebuild and form a lasting legacy for the region. Stakeholders expressed the need for a centre that would serve multiple generations within the region and help bring the community together now and for years to come.

Construction of the Legacy Centre began in 2014 with the help of the Slave Lake community and industry. Canadian Natural donated $2 million of the $6.4 million raised with industry peers. This multipurpose, family oriented space is the new home of the Slave Lake Elks Lodge, the Slave Lake Child Care Society (daycare), a community hall with a 500 seat performing arts theatre, a Fire Smart interpretive area, and a First Nation cultural area that breathes new life into the region for cultural arts and other vital programs. The complex also features commercial scale kitchens and washroom facilities that allow the building to function as an evacuation hub for the region.

With approximately 300 Canadian Natural employees living in the community and surrounding area, it was important for us to get involved and make a meaningful contribution to the rebuilding and redevelopment of this community.

“This centre represents more than just the materials it is made of — each piece symbolizes the strength found in working together, the friendships built along the way and the vision of a community determined to succeed,” said Canadian Natural’s Vice-President Field Operations, Ken Harke, at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “The Legacy Centre will facilitate a number of agencies and events, but more importantly, it will support the needs of this community for decades to come and serve as a reminder that through working together, we can create positive, lasting impacts.”

For more information about the Legacy Centre visit their website here.

The Grand Opening Ceremony was held in June 2016 and was attended by members and leaders of the community, industry, and government who worked together to make this day a reality.