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Bonnie Learning
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PAL/Innu Mikun gives big to local food bank

Provincial Airlines/Innu Mikun Airlines were in a generous mood today, as they donated $5,000 the Labrador Friendship Centre Food Bank, which services the Upper Lake Melville area. The donation was one of five made across the province and Quebec, in lieu of corporate gifts for the second year in a row. Taking part in the presentation were, from left: Hope Sheppard, Community Outreach Worker, LFC; Jennifer Hefler-Elson, Executive Director, LFC; Linda Learning, PAL Station Supervisor, Tom Randell, Managing Director, Innu Mikun Airlines; and Wanda Baker-Foster, Sales Associate, PAL.

The executive director of the Labrador Friendship Centre was surprised today by a very unexpected donation.

Jennifer Hefler-Elson was presented with a $5,000 cheque from Provincial Airlines/Innu Mikun for the LFC Food Bank.

The donation was one of five made by PAL/Innu Mikun across the province and Quebec — in lieu of corporate gifts — for the second year in a row.

“I was very surprised (by the amount),” said Hefler-Elson, after the presentation. “It was unexpected.”

Tom Randell, Managing Diretor of Innu Mikun, said PAL/Innu Mikun always tries to do what they can to give back to the communities they serve.

“We have a good reputation for helping, and this is one of the many good ways in which we try to assist,” he said.

Wanda Baker-Foster is Sales Associate for PAL.

She noted this is the company’s second year doing these donations.

“Each region has its own unique need and we’re thrilled to be able to do these donations on behalf of our corporate clients,” she said.

Stephen Dinn is Vice President of Corporate Development at PAL.

In an email to The Labradorian, he said PAL/Innu Mikun Airlines have a long history of investing in the communities in which they operate.

“(This donation) is a further extension of that, one that enables our customers to share in this worthwhile endeavour,” he wrote.

With regards to what non-profits would be chosen to receive funds, Dinn explained

as a team — from in-market representatives to management — they discuss the various options in each market and then make a decision. 

“It isn’t an easy decision to pick just one organization from each market because there are so many deserving ones out there,” he notes. “As a result, we select different organizations/groups each year so that over time we can make an impact with as many groups as possible.”

Dinn added he feedback from this initiative has been ‘tremendous.’

“The recipients are extremely grateful and acknowledge the gesture from Provincial Airlines and Innu Mikun Airlines.

“We are thrilled to build on our history of being strong, community minded organizations by giving back in this way during the holiday season. We are equally excited that our clients are so supportive of this endeavour and thank them for allowing us to make this a reality.”

The other four recipients of $5,000 donations included the Labrador West Kids Eat Smart program; the Autism Society, Western NL Chapter; Centraide Duplesis, Sept-Iles, Quebec; and the Salvation Army in St. John’s.


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