Day of Caring at Pastew Place

The article “What Millenniums Want in the Work Place” by Forbes Magazine states that for 64 percent of 20 and 30-somethings making the world a better place is a priority when it comes to searching for their future employer. Last Friday, Pastew Place Detox Centre benefited from that mindset as Shell new Grad and co-op students took part in a United Way Day of Caring.


Mid-morning, volunteers arrived ready to roll up their sleeves and give Pastew Place, Fort McMurray’s only detox centre, a facelift with a fresh coat of paint. They worked through the day painting the majority of the centre’s basement and board room where many of their sessions are held.

In 2011, Pastew Place Detox Centre provided service to over 650 patrons including 150 women. The centre offers three programs: the Detox Program, Pre-Treatment Program and Post-Treatment Program. Those who utilize the centre can stay from five to seven days up to a total of year and a half as they seek employment, build a support network and continue to work on their recovery.


The volunteers from Shell, led by Vincent Jiang, had the opportunity to give back to the centre, learn about vital role the centre plays in Fort McMurray and see firsthand the impact of those who give generously to United Way in our community. In 2014, Shell employee donated over 1 million dollars back into the community through their United Way work-place campaign.

When Shell allows its employees the opportunity to give back through volunteering, not only do they create a work environment that is sure to attract the best employees, but they also help benefit the vital programs and social profit organizations of our community. When it comes to the United Way’s Day of Caring, one thing is for sure: everyone wins!

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Author: Michelle Davies

Michelle Davies is a Bachelor of Events and Tourism Management Student at Thompson Rivers University. She recently joined the United Way of Fort McMurray team as the Community Impact Events Coordinator. Although Michelle is new to Fort McMurray, she isn’t new to United Way previously serving as the Community Impact Associate of United Way TNC in Kamloops, British Columbia. During her four month term, Michelle will be focusing on events, increasing the capacity of Day of Caring projects and assisting our Community Impact team. She is looking forward to furthering her experience in the social profit world and giving back to the community of Fort McMurray. When Michelle isn’t studying or working, she is probably on her way up the nearest mountain hiking, biking, rock climbing or snowboarding. She thrives on interactions, experiences and adventures whether it be exploring in her own backyard or half way across the world.