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Manitoulin raises more than $36,000 to help Fort Mac evacuees

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Manitoulin Group of Companies revealed today that its staff across Canada has helped donate $24,370 to the Red Cross to help those impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire. Through the Government of Canada’s commitment to match the portion of funds donated by employees ($12,185), the total contribution Manitoulin has made to help Fort Mac evacuees is $36,555.

“We have a terminal and staff in Fort McMurray,” said Don Goodwill, president, Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “So when the fires broke out, our first thought was for our people there and their families.  We were relieved to learn they were safe.  Like everyone, we were horrified by the images on the news of the destruction and heartbreak this disaster has caused. We knew we had to do something to help make things better.”

Manitoulin’s founders, the Smith family, encouraged staff contributions by committing to match them.

“Our staff have opened their hearts to those impacted by these terrible fires,” said Gord Smith, chief executive officer, Manitoulin Group of Companies.  “I am touched by this positive reaction and how we have come together to help our fellow co-workers, their families and friends, and the city of Fort McMurray during this time of great need. I believe this response reflects Manitoulin’s culture and its desire to contribute positively to society, both in communities at home and around the world.”

In addition to the financial contribution made to help get people back on their feet, Manitoulin has donated transportation services to the cause and continues to do so. Manitoulin intends to continue to provide help in this manner and is directing requests for such services to

“We have the means to help in a practical sense so we are doing what we can,” added Smith.  “And we plan to provide further support to help re-build the community.”

Manitoulin’s Fort McMurray terminal was not damaged by the fires.  It re-opened on Friday, June 2 and normal business operations have resumed.

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