Community Involvement

Pennecon Limited Scholarship Program

We are pleased to announce the implementation of the Pennecon Limited Scholarship program! As Pennecon is committed to excellence in education and supports the pursuit of higher learning, this scholarship has been designed to assist and support employees’ dependents in the pursuit of post-secondary education. There will be three scholarships provided each year, each valued at $2000.00 and will awarded to three full-time, post-secondary students.

To be eligible to win one of the scholarships, the applicant must be a dependent of any employee of any member of Pennecon Limited and its affiliated companies. The applicant must also be currently enrolled or enrolled for the upcoming semester as a full-time student at a recognized post-secondary institution. In order to evaluate all applications, a Scholarship Committee was formed comprised of two managers of a Pennecon Limited company, who do not have dependents involved in this scholarship program. This committee used the following criteria in order to determine the successful applicants: financial need, academic standing, volunteer experience and community involvement. The deadline for applications for the 2013 scholarship was November 15, 2013.

The 2013 winners are: Gerianne Rowe (daughter of Gerald Rowe - Pennecon Energy Technical Services), Brittany Keating (daughter of Gary Keating – Pennecon Ltd.) and Alicia Jackson (daughter of Lorne Jackson- Pennecon Heavy Civil). Congratulations to our winners!!

Pennecon PJ Drive

Pennecon staff are generous year round, but especially so at Christmas. For the second year in a row, Pennecon partnered with the Batten Family to collect new pajamas for The Gathering Place, Iris Kirby House and the Single Parents Association. While most people donate gifts at Christmas time, a new pair of warm pajamas can do wonders for a person's spirit.

With heating costs rising every year, warm pajamas go a long way to helping people feel happy and comfortable in their homes. All told, we collected well over 90 pairs of PJs for this great cause. All divisions dug deep and dropped off their pajamas to head office.

The pajamas were collected by Ryan Batten and will be distributed to those in need. It's so wonderful to see such generous giving by Pennecon staff. Thank-you to all who donated and we look forward to partnering with the Batten Family for years to come.

Community Clean-Up

As part of our commitment to the communities in which we work and in recognition of Environment Week, Pennecon staff have organized and participated in several community “clean-ups” over the past few years. In 2012, 3 community clean-ups in the areas of St. Johns, CBS and Bay Bulls saw the involvement of over 50 Pennecon employees and the collection of almost 75 bags of garbage. Three clean-ups are planned for 2013 (St. John’s, Paradise and CBS) and we’ve already beaten our goal of over 100 bags of garbage removed from our towns and communities!

Pennecon gives back to the Community – volunteering at Soup Kitchen

On January 18, 2013, a dozen Pennecon employees volunteered with the George Street United Church – Jimmy Pratt Memorial Soup Kitchen. This wonderful outreach centre has been operational for the past nine years and serves an average of 120 people each and every Friday.

The staff at Pennecon are no stranger to volunteering, especially with this particular cause. This is the third year that Pennecon has rolled up their sleeves and helped create and serve a meal at the Soup Kitchen.

“We love to help out with this particular cause, from peeling the vegetables, to serving the meal,” said Brenda Gaulton, Human Resource Specialist, Pennecon. “Everyone at Pennecon takes great pride in helping the communities we work in. Pennecon has a real commitment to giving back, and it certainly makes me proud to work here.”

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The volunteers met at the church the day before, to peel vegetables and do other prep work. Then, in the early morning hours of January 18th, the entire group gathered to get everything ready, make the turkey dinner and serve it to patrons.

It was a heartwarming event and Pennecon looks forward to doing it again next year.