Teck is celebrating its three-decade partnership with STARS, a non-profit organization that provides critical care in Western Canada, by making a $300,000 donation over three years to support the care and transportation of patients in the Elk Valley and surrounding communities in southeastern British Columbia.
Whether by air, by ground or virtually, the expert care delivered by STARS doctors, nurses and paramedics comes in many forms. STARS is the only service of its kind in Western Canada and over the past year flew 29 missions in the Regional District of East Kootenay, including 10 to the Elk Valley.
Teck’s contribution will help support STARS operations, including hiring talented and motivated crews, purchasing the latest medical supplies, and treating patients with the care, precision and timeliness to help ensure their best chance of survival.
"At Teck, we are focused on ensuring everyone goes home safe and healthy every day and are proud to continue our longstanding support of STARS,” said Robin Sheremeta, Senior Vice President, Coal, Teck. “STARS plays a critical role in providing emergency medical services in the communities where we operate, and this gift supports continued innovation and enhancement of the critical patient care they provide.”
“Partnerships like the long-standing one we have with Teck are critical to our operations,” said STARS president and CEO, Andrea Robertson. “At STARS, everything we do is about ensuring we can be there to provide critical care to the next patient who needs us. This support from Teck allows us to do exactly that. On behalf of everyone at STARS, thank you for this gift and for 30 years of partnership.”
To celebrate their 30 years of partnership, STARS was on site with Teck and the East Kootenay Mining Industrial Safety Association (EKMISA) at the 100th Annual East Kootenay Zone Mine Rescue Competition in Sparwood on May 13th. Teck, EKMISA, and STARS will also be hosting an Awards Banquet following the competition, which will be attended by approximately 400 guests.
Teck’s first gift toward STARS operations was in July 1993. To date, Teck’s contributions have supported operations which have played a part in the more than 55,000 missions STARS has carried out since its inception.