After a successful campaign in support of the Friends of Animals as their annual charity this year, local Canada Safeway employees will be turning to the public before making their choice for 2002.
“We just talked about it earlier this week and we’ve decided to put a notice in the paper early next week to let people know we want their ideas,” manager Mike Scott said Thursday morning.
“We want to get rolling pretty soon. Hopefully, in the next three weeks, we’ll have our new charity,” he added.
A public appeal for possible charities—the idea of former assistant manager Dale Fortes—also was done prior to the last campaign.
Before that, employees got together and voted on which charity to support. Previous ones have included the Riverside Foundation for Health Care and Friends of the Library.
The local Safeway came third in its region for this year’s fundraising campaign, which ended last month, bringing in about $32,000 for Friends of Animals to help build a shelter here.
The Dryden store, which is now run by Fortes, was tops—raising $42,000 for its charity—while the Kenora store came second ($34,000).
In other news, there’s no word yet when the local Safeway store will get its pharmacy up and running fully, said Scott.
“Through the Internet and other means, we’ve let it be known we’re looking for a pharmacist,” he noted. “If anyone was interested, we’d open up next week.
“But world-wide, there’s a shortage of pharmacists. When the new batch of graduates comes along in the spring, who knows?” he added.