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Yukon Spirit in Action


Yukon Spirit in Action is a celebration of community wellness, prosperity and support. Our airline's roots are in the north, but our operation touches many throughout western Canada and beyond.

Having served numerous northern districts throughout our operational history, Air North, Yukon's Airline has developed an understanding of the value of community, and we believe in the extraordinary power and strength that partnerships bring. We all benefit from living and working in strong communities that offer opportunities for economic growth, employment, education, advancing culture, and for living well.

Above all, Yukon Spirit in Action is founded on the belief of kindness.

In 2007, Air North contributed 400+ donations to many community activities and events. Throughout our history, we have supported advancements in educational, economic, social and cultural opportunities for Yukoners.

We are committed to being a key contributor to the well-being of our northern communities through our community sponsorship programs and the volunteer contributions of our employees. As well, with our expanded operations outside the Yukon in British Columbia and Alberta we are creating more community connectedness between the Yukon and these regions.

Here are some organizations Air North has recently partnered with:


Porter Creek Venturers

Porter Creek Venturers

Through Air North's sponsorship, five participants plus one Venturer advisor were able to attend the Centennial Celebration of Scouts Canada at the 11th Annual Canadian Jamboree at Camp Tamaracouta in Milles Isels, Quebec, July 25 to August 2, 2007, all within the Venturers fundraised budget. We sent them off with wishes of good times and a reminder that no matter what anybody says, there is no such thing as too many campfire smores!

Porter Creek Venturers

Yukon Running Organizations - BMO Vancouver Marathon

Members representing the Mayo Midnight Sun Running Club, Yukon River Trail Marathon, Yukon Arctic Ultra, Yukon Gold Ultra & Klondike Road Relay participated in the BMO Vancouver Marathon and Trade Show. Over 1000 people visited the Yukon booth. Promotional items included a Yukon running guide plus Air North and visitor promotional information. This initiative will help attract more runners to participate in the above-noted running events in the future.

Porter Creek Venturers

Skills Canada Yukon

Skills/Compétences Canada is a national, not for profit organization that actively promotes careers in skilled trades and technologies to Canadian youth. Skills Canada Yukon works to engage Yukon youth in understanding the many opportunities, benefits and rewards of skilled trade and technology careers. Improving the expertise and confidence of youth pursuing technical careers benefits us all. Working with Air North has ensured that a strong Skills Team Yukon is able to travel to the Canadian National Skills Competitions held annually across Canada. We would like to congratulate our medal winners and thank each and every competitor for their dedication, hard work and determination in their training and their performance.


Air North has also been actively growing our community by participating in the following events:


LOCATION ACTIVITY

Calgary, Alberta

  • Calgary Airline Operators Commission - 10th Annual Golf Tournament

Dawson City, Yukon

  • Canadian Cancer Society – Relay for Life
  • Tr'ondek Hwech'in Government - Moosehide Gathering

Edmonton, Alberta

  • Strolley Children's Hospital Foundation - Snowflake Gala

Inuvik, Northwest Territories

  • Great Northern Arts Festival

Old Crow, Yukon

  • Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation - National Health & Wellness Week

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Variety - The Children's Charity - 25th Annual Variety Auction
  • Make-A-Wish-Foundation Gala

Watson Lake, Yukon

  • Watson Lake Ski Club - Christmas Auction

Whitehorse, Yukon

  • Canadian Cancer Society – Relay for Life
  • Kwanlin Dun First Nations - Na'Kwa'Ta'Ku Potlatch House Celebration
  • Porter Creek Senior Secondary - Remembrance Day Ceremony
  • Yukon Hospital Foundation - NorthwesTel Festival of Trees
  • Yukon Council on Disability - 5th Annual Disability Awareness Expo
  • Yukon Teacher's Association - White Ribbon Campaign
  • Substance Free Grad

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Areas of Focus

Safe and healthy living, healthy community and lifelong learning are at the core of our program that includes 3 distinct focal points:

  1. Activities ensuring that safety remains our #1 focus. This includes the safety and well-being of our people, customers and community, and of course, the safe operation of equipment.
  2. Activities promoting and fostering youth in education, sport and/or culture.
  3. Activities promoting or fostering healthy communities.

Air North, Yukon's Airline has 4 ways of contributing to its communities:

  • Through our "Gifts In-Kind" program (see below).
  • We partner with our employees to support a variety of community agencies, charities or not-for-profit programs. i.e. Run-For-Mom.
  • We support employee volunteerism through encouragement and internal initiatives.
  • Through our in-flight recycling program.

Air North realizes the north creates its own set of challenges for charities and not-for-profits alike. We also understand we are in a position to ensure access to fair market air transportation pricing. Therefore, we believe by combining the aforementioned four ways of contributing to our communities, and by ensuring fair market pricing, this combination makes good sense - both from a business and a human perspective. Our employees think it's important too. We all benefit from living and working in healthy, vibrant communities.

Funding Guidelines

We apply the following criteria to funding requests that fit within our current focus areas:

  • The number of people from the community likely to benefit from the proposed project or program.

Funding requests of the following nature will not be considered:

  • Air North only provides cash sponsorship or donations through our in-flight recycling program
  • Trips, tours, conferences, and travelling expenses
  • Initiatives that benefit only one or a few people
  • Advertising
  • For-profit organizations
  • Programs or services outside of our current focus areas
  • Political fundraisers
  • Film, video, television and book productions
  • Projects or events "after the fact".

Gifts In-Kind

Through our "Gifts In-Kind" program, we assist not-for-profit organizations through the allocation of Travel Certificates. These are typically used as raffle or auction items, or used to help offset the cost of travel for keynote speakers, for example, who are travelling to conduct workshops.

The Gifts In-Kind program is subject to availability of resources and is evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Funding Applications

How do I submit an application?

Due to the nature of our evaluation process, we ask that all applications be forwarded via email. We do accept applications via fax or regular mail, however, please be advised the evaluation process cannot start until all information is received.

Requests must be submitted on-line via email: community_investment@flyairnorth.com

What information is to be included in the submission?

We ask that you try and touch on one or as many of the following points as possible as the more information we receive about your organization and request, the quicker we'll be able to respond.


PART I
Organizational Profile (about your organization)
  PART II
Contact Information (how to reach you)
  • Full legal name of your organization
  • Where is your organization based
  • Geographic scope of your organization
  • Which sector does your organization belong
  • Brief description of your organization.
 
  • Primary contact person / title
  • Contact information: telephone number / fax number / email address / web site address
  • Address of organization.
     
PART III
Request Profile (nature of your request)
  PART IV
Request Details (details of your request)
  • Type of request
  • Air North, Yukon's Airlines Community Support Program sponsorship requests must be limited to Air North; Travel Certificates for airfare, gift certificates, and/or merchandise. All based on inventory availability. You are asked to describe the item you are requesting. Be sure to be specific and include the number of items requested, if applicable.
  • Specific event (or events) associated with this request
  • New (start-up) initiative or project (yes or no)
  • Geographic scope of your request or program.
 
  • Name of the project
  • Describe project success
  • Other corporate funding partners involved in this initiative/project (please list)
  • Received funding from Air North before (yes or no - list project(s))
  • Describe the goals of this project and how you will evaluate measuring success for this initiative and for Air North’s involvement
  • Collaboration with other organization(s).

NOTE: If you have spoken to anyone at Air North regarding your request, please include his or her name.


Volunteers

Air North encourages employees to get involved within the communities they live and work. Employees interested in pursuing volunteer opportunities typically do so through local volunteer organizations.

Contact Information

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT

Air North, Yukon's Airline
150 Condor Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6E6

Phone: (867) 668.2228 ext 306
Toll Free: 1.800.661.0407 ext 306
Fax: (867) 456.7614
Email: community_investment@flyairnorth.com
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