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Shell donation benefits students in northeast B.C.

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FORT ST. JOHN – Students at Northern Lights College and in northeastern British Columbia in general are the beneficiaries of a $35,000 donation by Shell Canada Limited.

The donation was received by the Northern Lights College Foundation and will be used to support Northern Opportunities.

From the donation, $25,000 will be used for continued program development and special projects and $10,000 will be used to provide scholarships to Dual Credit students in the Oil and Gas Field Operations program at the Fort St. John Campus.

Shell’s contribution to Northern Opportunities is their initial contribution to the partnership. The funds will be used for continued program development and special projects.

“The Northern Opportunities Dual Credit program has resulted in a significant increase in high school graduates in northeastern British Columbia,” said Murray Slezak, Social Performance Team Leader for Shell. “Ultimately, this program improves community, family and individual well-being in addition to supplying a larger, qualified local workforce.”

Northern Opportunities is a partnership that represents a regional collaboration of industry, Aboriginal, education and government organizations.

“Northern Opportunities is pleased to announce its newest partner, Shell Canada Energy, and acknowledge the contribution towards supporting its mission of enhancing opportunities for students to succeed in high school, pursue post-secondary education and build rewarding careers in the Northeast,” said Cheryl Anthony of Northern Opportunities.

The cheque presentation was made on Feb. 7 at NLC’s Fort St. John Campus. Donna Kane, executive director of the NLC Foundation, accepted the cheque from Shell’s Slezak; Rejean Tetrault, Northeastern British Columbia Regional Operations Manager; and Carson Newby, Community Affairs.

Student awards are administered by the NLC Foundation. For more information on the NLC Foundation, check the NLC website at or contact Donna Kane at 250-784-7613 or email

Shell Donation

Murray Slezak (Shell), Donna Kane (NLC Foundation), Rejean Tetrault (Shell), and Carson Newby (Shell).