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ARC commits $1.25 million to Energy Wing Expansion at Ronald McDonald House

Giving rural families a home-away-from-home while their child receives pediatric care

ARC made a heartfelt announcement at the Ronald McDonald House in Calgary this week – a $1.25 million contribution towards the Energy Wing expansion slated for completion in 2025. The overall expansion project is expected to triple the capacity of the facility, providing an additional 60 private suites for families needing a place to stay while their child receives medical care at the hospital. This expansion will bring the building total up to 91 family suites and includes new common areas for families to gather.

Lisa Olsen, ARC’s Senior Vice President, People and Corporate, visited the Calgary House to deliver news of the donation this week and was joined by several ARC staff to celebrate the announcement.

“When a child is sick, no family should have to worry about the extra burdens that come with seeking medical care away from home. RMHC’s expansion will help keep more families together in these stressful times, so they can focus on what matters most, the health of their child. It’s a cause that hits close to home for ARC and our employees, and an initiative that we know will make such a difference for Alberta families.”

“ARC Resources has made a significant impact to the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House. Their recognition of the essential service provided to families reflects their values and commitment to the communities in which they operate. In 2023, we served families from over 200 communities around the province, and over 50 communities from outside of Alberta, including Dawson Creek. When the expanded House opens in 2025, families who would have previously been turned away due to lack of space, will have a home-away-from-home when their child is sick.””

Almost 70% of Canadian families live outside of a community with a children’s hospital and will need to travel to access pediatric care. Each year, Ronald McDonald Houses in Alberta have been able to support approximately 1,100 families. However, an estimated 6,900 families needing to travel for pediatric care would benefit from the comfort and support RMHC provides.

Ronald McDonald House and The Big Build Project

The Calgary House first opened in 1985 and gives families space to rest and connect after a long day at the hospital. They also offer support such as homemade meals, family-centered programming and transportation to ensure those far from home have the energy and resources to support their loved ones in hospital.

The Big Build expansion will triple the size of the facility and add 61 family suites. A similar expansion project is also planned for the Edmonton House. Approximately 2,400 families will be served annually after the expansion of both the Calgary and Edmonton Houses – double the current number. When the expansions are complete, the Edmonton and Calgary Houses are expected to save families $22.5 million per year on accommodation, food and unnecessary expenses.

Forecasted Opening:

SUMMER 2025

Learn more about the Big Build Project.

~70% of Canadian families will need to travel to access a Children’s Hospital.
RMHC is only able to accommodate 14% of families that need support.
1 in 4 Canadians have stayed at a Ronald McDonald House or knows someone who has.
The expanded House will be 3x the size and will have a total of 91 family suites.
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