The Abbottsfield community is an engaged family neighborhood with strong ties to its community recreation facility. In the spring of 2011, the City of Edmonton recognized a need to revitalize the area, starting with the hub of the community: The Abbottsfield Recreation Centre. The original facility operated by the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre Society was a vital piece of the community, serving one of the highest need neighbourhoods in Edmonton.
The Oilers Foundation is proud to support Edmonton's Food Bank with the purchase of a brand new refrigerated truck, plus food, announcing a $185,074 donation to this important non-profit in our community in August 2016. This important pillar in our community already serves more than 21,000 people each month through its hamper programs, with 40 per cent of recipients, youth under 18. Additionally, 500,000 meals and snacks per month are served with the help of member agencies including, Hope Mission, Boyle Street Community Services and Bissell Centre, making this donation even more important for our community.
In October 2014, the stars aligned to reunite the entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers. To honour the people's team and in partnership with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF), net proceeds from the event were directed to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation for the creation of the Edmonton Oilers Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic. This legacy project will strengthen pediatric ambulatory care's 120,000 visits annually where children see pediatric specialists on an outpatient basis.
Inner City High School's focus on supporting youth education and health and wellness is a perfect complement to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's (EOCF) mandate. In December 2010, the EOCF purchased the former Native Friendship Centre on 101 St to serve as Inner City High School's new home.
The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) and NorQuest College have forged an innovative partnership with NorQuest's new Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute.
Launched in January 2015, the EOCF Hospitality Institute is a hands-on training centre where students and current employees from Northern Alberta can develop leading-edge skills in a broad range of disciplines including guest services, safety, supervision, service industry operations and event delivery.