Horizon Utilities Corporation's history is rich in community support. Our employees have a long standing commitment to supporting causes that enrich our communities.
For the tenth consecutive year in 2015, Horizon Utilities employees climbed aboard the Big Bike to raise funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Our participation in this trademark event has earned us Hall of Fame Fundraising status, raising more than $65,000 to date. We have also received multiple Team Spirit Awards for the outstanding enthusiasm our employees demonstrate as they ride through the streets of Hamilton and St. Catharines on a 29-seat bicycle.
Our employees in both St. Catharines and Hamilton support many endeavors through the Horizon Employees’ Charity Fund. In 2014, employees teamed up with the company to raise and donate more than $75,000 to 61 charities in our home communities.
We believe our performance can be a significant contributor to the overall sustainability of our communities. By having among the lowest rates of all the local distribution companies in Ontario, we’re helping to lower the cost of living and the cost of doing business in the cities of Hamilton and St. Catharines. We also launched a business outreach program through the downtown Business Improvement Associations (BIAs) to get the word out to small businesses about the Independent Electricity System Operator's programs.
Working with McMaster University, Mohawk College, and our municipal partners’ economic development departments, we jointly initiated the Golden Horseshoe Strategic Energy Alliance. As it develops, its purpose is to present our combined strengths to industry and encourage them to do research and manufacturing in our communities on solar and other clean technology industries. We believe there is room in this alliance for other communities and their LDCs to participate in the broader education and other initiatives that are possible beyond solar.
Under the Ontario Energy Board’s Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP), Horizon also contributed close to $126,000 to local agencies in 2014. These funds provide much-needed relief to qualified customers. Eligible grant recipients include low-income households — individuals and families — who are either in arrears or at risk of going into arrears on their energy bills. Potential recipients have also exhausted all other sources of financial support. The Horizon funded program is administered in Hamilton by the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton, and in St. Catharines by the United Way of St. Catharines and District.
Horizon Utilities contributes $50,000 to Pathstone’s Children’s Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines
Donors donned superhero capes at future site of children’s mental health centre.
Horizon Utilities Corporation announced a $50,000 donation over five years to support the construction of the Pathstone Children’s Mental Health Centre in St. Catharines on September 25, 2015.
The new state-of-the-art facility will provide professional treatment to children and their families in Niagara region living with mental health issues.
“Investing in Pathstone’s Mental Health treatment facility is a key pillar of Horizon Utilities’ commitment to the communities we serve,” said Max Cananzi, President and CEO of Horizon Utilities. “We’re immensely proud to contribute to this project that will offer a resource to the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community right here in the Niagara region.”
In the last year, Pathstone provided mental health care services to over 4000 Niagara kids. Limited resources in Niagara and across North America mean children with mental disorders often wait weeks or months to get help.
The new state of the art centre will open next year and provide services to hundreds of children.
For more information about the Pathstone Foundation or to donate please visit http://www.pathstonementalhealth.ca/mending-childrens-minds/you-can-help