NEWS RELEASE: OMA member Vale supports local Sudbury hospice

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Ontario Mining Association member Vale made a $50,000 donation to Maison Vale Hospice in Sudbury last weekend. The donation was made by Kelly Strong, Vice President Ontario/UK Operations for Vale, at the Sudbury Arena.

“Vale is pleased to offer continued support for Maison Vale Hospice,” said Mr. Strong, who presented the cheque to Leo Lefebvre, Chairman of the Board of the hospice, and Leo Therrien, Executive Director of the hospice. “We are proud to be associated with such a compassionate and caring organization, which has touched the lives of so many in our community.”

“Maison Vale Hospice is fortunate to have developed such a mutually rewarding partnership with Vale,” said Mr. Lefebvre. “The company’s continued support is truly appreciated and benefits every resident and family who journey with us at the Hospice.”

The hospice is a 10-bedroom facility located on a two-acre site at the St. Joseph Health Centre Village of Care. It is supported by approximately 40 health care workers. It assists people in the final stages of life by attending to their physical, psychosocial, spiritual and practical needs. The hospice provides support and quality care to individuals and their families in a homelike setting.

The $50,000 donation was made between periods at the eighth annual Sudbury Saturday Night sponsored by Vale. This junior hockey game saw the Sudbury Wolves defeat the visiting Mississauga Steelheads 3-2 in a shootout. Vale invites employees and members of the community to attend. Entertainment at the arena was also provided by the Shaft Bottom Boys, a local band which normally performs sporting mining gear.

“Vale’s annual Sudbury Saturday Night brings our employees and hockey fans in our community together to support the Sudbury Wolves,” said Mr. Strong. “We look forward to continuing this great tradition of great hockey and ongoing community support.”

Mining companies are responsible, solution-providing partners in society. They do more than find, extract and process minerals essential to our modern lifestyle. They volunteer and add great value to the quality of life in their communities and beyond.