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ENMAX elves light up lives

/ Calgary

ENMAX employees are bringing Christmas cheer to many deserving people today. Armed with a donation of LED holiday lights from ENMAX Corporation, 30 ENMAX Elves are helping residents in the flood- ravaged areas of High River to decorate their homes for Christmas. The elves have brought ladders, extension cords, hooks and plenty of hot chocolate to get the job done. Photos, B-roll and audio clips of interviews will be available for media to download from enmax.com by 3:30 p.m. today.

"Countless people lost many of the possessions stored in their basements, including all their Christmas decorations," said Tamera Van Brunt, Vice-President of Communications and Public Relations, ENMAX.  "Delivering lights to decorate their homes, and even putting them up, is one small way we can hopefully brighten their holiday season."

Since the floods, over 230 ENMAX employees have volunteered 2,800 hours and counting to help neighbours, retirees and customers affected by the flood. Many of those same volunteers have signed up to help string lights over the holiday season. "I saw firsthand both the loss and the appreciation of flood victims as we helped clean out their homes in the flooded areas," said Jennifer Hamilton, employee volunteer, ENMAX. "I was excited to have the chance to go back and help light up these communities, and bring some good cheer."

So far this year, ENMAX employees have volunteered 480 hours to support a variety of holiday initiatives:

  • Decorating the homes of many Aspen Family and Community Network Society and Calgary Dream Centre clients with LED lights donated by ENMAX
  • Delivering LED holiday lights to flood impacted residents in Erlton and Bowness
  • Illuminating trees with LED lights at the Alberta Children's Hospital (since 2008)
  • Stringing lights for the Lion's Festival of Lights (since 1998 and through The City before then)
  • Providing volunteers to lend a hand at Zoolights
  • And our newest tradition, hanging lights on the homes of Aspen and Calgary Dream Centre clients

In total, ENMAX elves will provide 75,000 LED lights to light up the lives of Calgary and High River residents this holiday season.

Media/photo ops

  • Approximately 30 ENMAX elves will be in High River today to donate and set up holiday lights at 25 homes. Volunteers will focus on the Hamptons and Eagleview communities, covering in some cases entire streets of residents who were flooded.
  • Photos, B-roll footage (including interviews) and audio files will be available for download by 3:30 p.m. today. Media will be notified when these items are available.

ENMAX Corporation, through subsidiaries and predecessors, has provided Albertans with safe, reliable electricity for over 100 years. The ENMAX group of companies provides electricity, natural gas and value-added energy services to over 835,000 residential, commercial and industrial metered customer locations in Alberta. ENMAX Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, is Alberta's leading competitive electricity retailer.


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For more information, please contact:

Doris Kaufmann Woodcock
Senior Media Relations Advisor
ENMAX Corporation
403-689-6150 (media line)

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