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Ensign reveals figures for campaign


Ensign Drilling operations manager for Saskatchewan Rick Mann, Ensign Canada vice-president of operations Darryl Maser, United Way Estevan president Dawn Schell and board member Elizabeth Pinel participated in a cheque presentation.

Ensign Drilling Canada revealed the figures from their local 2013 United Way campaign on February 11.

A total of $117,169 was raised through the campaign. The United Way Estevan will receive $10,299.73 of that money. The bulk of the funds, about $93,000, will be directed towards the Oxbow Swimming Pool.

Other United Ways and charities in Canada will share the remaining $13,000 from Ensign's campaign.

The funds were raised through a kick-off barbecue and a rig challenge involving Ensign employees. The kick-off barbecue was a fundraiser for the pool; it raised $46,000, and that figure was matched by Ensign's head office.

Five rigs were involved in the rig challenge in 2013. Rig No. 650 was the top fundraiser.

Ensign's head office also matched the funds generated by the rig challenge.

"We're down (in the number of rigs that participated) from other years, and it's probably due to the fact that industry has backed off a bit," said Darryl Maser, the vice-president of operations for Ensign Canada.

Rick Mann, the operations manager for Ensign Drilling in Saskatchewan, said the rig that raised the most money in 2012 didn't participate last year because the rig wasn't running until late in the campaign.

"Some of the rigs got more involved and raised a lot more money than they had in years prior," said Mann.

This is the fourth year that Ensign has had a United Way campaign.

"We're going to keep doing it as long as we can here," said Maser.

The Ensign donation lifted the United Way Estevan's campaign to $478,636.95, but about $106,000 of that will be directed to the Oxbow pool and other charities.




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