WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Richardson Pioneer announced on Nov. 12 the recipients of the Richardson Pioneer Century Gifts Program, a special donations program to commemorate this milestone. The company will contribute a total of C$300,000 to support one community project in each of the three Prairie provinces – Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The communities of Falher, Alberta; Whitewood, Saskatchewan; and Minnedosa, Manitoba will each receive C$100,000 towards a community project. Richardson Pioneer will help fund the renovation of the Falher Honey Capital Playground, the expansion and development of new baseball diamonds in Minnedosa and the creation of a town water park in Whitewood, Saskatchean in 2014.

“We are very excited to make a difference in these three communities and help create a legacy that will benefit future generations,” said Curt Vossen, president and chief executive officer of Richardson International. “It was great to see the tremendous interest in this program and the spirit and vitality of the communities that came through in the applications.”

A total of 145 proposals were received from communities across Western Canada when the program was announced last spring. While the Richardson Pioneer Century Gifts Program was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Richardson Pioneer, Richardson Pioneer regularly donates more than C$1 million each year to support community initiatives and organizations through the Richardson Foundation.

“At Richardson, we are proud of our long history of supporting communities across Western Canada,” said Vossen. “A key part of our success has been the strength of the communities in which our customers and employees live and work and we will continue to look for opportunities to invest in projects and give back to those communities.”

Richardson Pioneer is a division of Richardson International Limited, Canada’s largest, privately owned agribusiness.