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Kingston, ON (05/29/11)-- As part of an ongoing 18 month process, the St. Lawrence
College organization, Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), has been retrofitting the local
Partners In Mission Food Bank. The first phase of the retrofits has just been completed.

The value of the furnace is approximately $4,000; however, with Tackaberry's
generosity, the previous funding from OPSEU 417, as well as the donated labour of
SIFE students and the support of Empire Life, (SIFE St. Lawrence College's lead
sponsor), the furnace will cost the food bank nothing.

The installations and retrofits have been successfully led by two students named Keith
Didychuk and Steve Tripp. Both students are in the Energy Systems Engineering
Technology (ESET) program and are active members of SIFE. Steve organized an
Energy Audit of the food bank as part of a 2nd year class project. From this audit, Keith
and Steve set out to find the resources that would enable them to help the food bank
solve the issues identified by the audit. The retrofits and furnace installation are part of
an ongoing project that will help the food bank lower its operating costs and increase its
capacity to help our community.

"If people do what they are good at, and they do it for the good of all, we will all have a
better place to live." says Steve Tripp. Steve is an active member of the community and
has a long history of volunteering for the food bank.

Keith Didychuk is motivated by knowing that these retrofits will allow the food bank to
help more people in need. He agrees with the food bank's philosophy of giving a "hand
up instead of just a hand out", and is excited to know that his work will help make an
impact in his community.

About Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) St. Lawrence College

As a not for profit, student led organization, SIFE is committed to its mission to create
sustainable solutions for its community. Currently, SIFE is tackling a number of issues,
including the lack of financial literacy among college students. Over the past year, SIFE
has partnered with the Children's Aid Society of the City of Kingston and County of
Frontenac to expand this program. SIFE has also spearheaded a project that educates
and encourages entrepreneurship among local high school students.

About Tackaberry Heating and Refrigeration Supplies

Tackaberry Heating and Refrigeration Supplies is a family owned and operated
business with four locations in Kingston, Belleville, Brockville and Cornwall, Ontario.
Their mission is to provide their customers with quality products, along with the highest
level of service, in a professional and efficient manner. Tackaberry seeks to promote
growth and prosperity within our community, while sustaining the core family values that
Tackaberry was founded upon in 1967.

About OPSEU 417

OPSEU 417 is the facility union of St Lawrence College. Local 417 has helped the SIFE
team in several projects at the Partners in Mission Food Bank which is consistent with
their outreach mission in the community.

Rowena Jordan
President SIFE

Wahida Lakhani
Vice President SIFE
613-929-0291 (cell)