Over the past eight years, Methanex has invested more than TT$8.5 million in community initiatives throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Methanex makes ongoing investments of time and money to support the communities in which we live and work. Employee volunteerism is an integral part of this investment and our employees in Trinidad generously donate many personal hours to enriching the lives we touch through community giving.
Our involvement focuses on community outreach initiatives that align with our commitment to education, safety, health and the environment.
A Helping Hand for Higher Learning
We award four bursaries annually to students at The University of the West Indies and we invite the bursary recipients to visit our plant site to learn more about our operations.
Since 2005, we have participated in The University of the West Indies' World of Work Fair. This provides young people with the opportunity to participate in our vacation internship and graduate-in-training programs, exposing them to interesting work opportunities and enabling them to develop their practical knowledge and skills.
Through our vacation internship program, students supplement their on-the-job learning with hands-on contributions to local community projects. Students are required to volunteer their time with local community organizations that have included children's homes, child development centres, primary schools and the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
We invest in education in other ways, including co-sponsoring the St. Augustine Chamber Orchestra's Classical Christmas concert to help raise funds to construct a school for music education, which supports the Ministry of Education's commitment to the arts.
Partnering for Pediatric Health Care
Through our partnership with The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus), we are funding a Telehealth program to provide medical care to children with complex medical conditions that cannot be diagnosed or treated locally.
This program uses video-conferencing and other technology to deliver medical care, health education, and public health services. Our sponsorship of US$150,000 (close to TT$1 million) over three years will help support the facility and the cost of clinical consultations with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Mentoring Junior Leaders
First launched in 2007, the 'Mentoring Our Children' program pairs Methanex employees with high-potential students from five secondary schools. As mentors, Methanex employees encourage students to think about the professional and personal possibilities that come with a commitment to sound education, strong values and responsible choices.
In 2009, we further extended our involvement in this program by teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to improve the living conditions of students with the most urgent need. To date, we have helped construct three houses. Methanex funds the construction material, our employee volunteers join families in providing sweat equity and Habitat for Humanity manages the project. In February 2014, Methanex was recognized for this work when we received the 'Best Social Investment Project' CSR Award from the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.
Community Advisory Panel Connects to Communities
Building sustainable relationships with the community is important to both Methanex and our seven-member Community Advisory Panel (CAP) in Trinidad. Our CAP is a vital link to our local communities and a conduit for feedback and information sharing. Through this partnership, the CAP and Methanex in Trinidad have collaborated to offer workshops for teenagers and adults, including training in First Aid and CPR for 175 residents.
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