TransCanada’s support for the small community of Ekalaka, Mont., to expand its library services has a very personal meaning for Verlyn Bailly.
“I grew up in a small town in North Dakota and the local library was a very important part of my childhood learning experience,” said Verlyn, who is a Community Relations Specialist with Western Pipelines, based out of Spokane. “I’m very proud of TransCanada for supporting the library that will provide learning opportunities to all of the citizens of Ekalaka and Carter County.”
Last month, the company donated $25,000 towards renovations of the town’s historic Old Locker Buildin, giving residents of the southeastern Montana town — population 332 — a larger, brighter and more convenient facility to enjoy.
TransCanada’s grant will be used for renovating the interior of the building — the new location for the town library — and restoring the facade to its historical magnificence. The structure was built in 1935 and is eligible to be registered as an historic building.
The town’s citizens were very appreciative of TransCanada’s contribution to the project, which follows an initial $5,000 donation made in late-2011. The Town of Ekalaka is the county seat of Carter County, through which TransCanada’s Bison Pipeline traverses.
“The Town of Ekalaka would like to thank TransCanada for this contribution to help restore a historic structure that will make library services more readily accessible to all of our residents,” said Joe Carey, Mayor of Ekalaka. “Our library plays an important role in the lives of our citizens and we are excited and thankful to have TransCanada’s support in making the new facility a reality.”
“We fully support the town’s efforts to use the funds toward restoring the Old Locker Building, allowing the library to continue expanding its services as a key information and educational center for the community and surrounding area,” said Jerry Ehli, a TransCanada technician from Gillette, Wyo., who also attended the Valentine’s Day check presentation to the town.
“We recognize what it means to be a good neighbor,” he added. “Giving back to communities through volunteering, providing financial support or sharing resources has been part of our culture for more than six decades. We are always looking for ways to lend a hand to our neighbors as we build better and stronger communities together.”