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Ministers’ conference raises funds for Stanton Foundation

YELLOWKNIFE (September 4, 2013) – Nearly $10,000 was raised for the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundationthrough a charity auction as part of the 2013 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference held last week in Yellowknife.

“The Foundation is privileged to receive this very generous donation, and it will go a long way to achieve our target in our current capital campaign to establish a dedicated chemo/IV treatment suite at the hospital to improve services for NWT residents dealing with cancer treatment and other serious health issues,” said Louise Dundas Matthews, Foundation Chair. “Our objectives of enhancing patient care and quality of services could not be achieved without the tremendous support received from the private sector and the public at large, including events such as this one.”

Each province and territory donated locally significant items, including a soapstone carving from Nunavut, a lobster dinner shipped anywhere in Canada from Prince Edward Island, and artwork from Ontario. Former NWT Commissioner Tony Whitford auctioned off items from the Northwest Territories, including a 0.74 carat diamond donated by the Diavik Diamond Mine.

“Each year, the hosts of this conference pick a charity to benefit from the annual auction,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “This year, we were pleased to select the Stanton Foundation, which raises funds to purchase vital equipment for the hospital. Conference delegates were moved by the work the Foundation does to enhance patient care, our communities and the North.”

About the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation

The Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for patient care, equipment and major capital needs at the Stanton Territorial Hospital, which serves patients from all 33 communities in the NWT.

About the EMMC

The EMMC is an annual meeting of all Canadian energy and mines ministers, and includes representatives from industry as well as non-government organizations. Last year, the conference was held in Charlottetown and proceeds from the auction went to the PEI Literacy Alliance.

For more information, contact:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-920-8696

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