Nature area gets support for education programs

The J.J. Collett Natural Area has received $7,000 from Encana to support and continue educational programs.

The J.J. Collett Natural Area has received $7,000 from Encana to support and continue educational programs.

“We want to thank them for their support in the past and their continued support in the future,” said Jack Surbey, president of the J.J. Collett Natural Area Society.

Each spring the society hosts groups of students and teaches them about the trees and other natural features of the area. For the last six years Encana has been making donations to help fund the project and other undertaking of the area.

According to Salwa El-Maghwry, community investment advisor for Encana, the corporation likes to support incentives in the area where they operate.

“It’s very important to the community so it’s important to us,” El-Maghwry said.

As the J.J. Collett Natural Area wanted to attract more schools the sponsorship from Encana increased.

“It’s an ongoing partnership, defiantly a long-term one,” El-Maghwry said.

The school program matches Encana’s guidelines of education and environment. Encana community relations summer student Maria Corcione says that to educate the students now, about the environment will benefit both theirs and Encana’s futures.