EnCana and the Dare to Care program receive Imagine Canada award

November 8, 2005 (Calgary, AB) - EnCana Corporation and the Dare to Care program, which teaches educators, students and parents how to bully proof their schools, are recipients of Imagine Canada's coveted Community Partnership Award.

The award was announced today in Toronto by Imagine Canada, an organization that champions the work of charitable and nonprofit organizations across the country.

EnCana received the award for its continuing support of the Dare to Care program, which it has funded since 2000. The program was created by Lisa Dixon-Wells of Calgary who has a background in Educational Psychology. It has now been taught to educators, parents and students at 500 schools throughout Western Canada. And, the demand for the program is increasing as schools recognize its effectiveness.

According to recent studies:

  • In the average elementary school classroom, two to three students spend their day afraid and in need of help;
  • In Canada, an episode of bullying occurs every 7.5 minutes on the playground and every 20 minutes in the classroom;
  • In any school population: 15% of students are victims of bullying, 6% are doing the bullying and 79% make up the silent majority;
  • Only 4% of bullying incidents are reported to an adult.

Dare to Care's innovative program works on mobilizing the 79% silent majority, and teaching them how to become a 'caring majority', the program's founder, Lisa Dixon-Wells says.

Mary Ann Steen manager of community investment at EnCana said EnCana's support of Dare to Care is one of the most rewarding and beneficial investments of the company's community investment program. "Bullying touches all of us from childhood to adulthood," said Mary Ann Steen. "Dare to Care empowers our youth, parents and educators to work together to make decisions and be accountable for their actions," she said. "It helps schools develop clear and concise school discipline policies."

In 2004, retired Calgary police officer, Dwayne Peace joined Dare to Care and expanded the program to include a life skills component dealing with issues facing adolescents. Today, Lisa and Dwayne are booked months in advance by schools.

Dave Watson, school counselor at Greentree Elementary School in Drumheller said Dare to Care helped the 360 student school strive to be a bully free school. "There have been both a decrease in bullying and a noticeable increase by students throughout the school in learning how to define bullying," he said.

"Without EnCana's support, I probably would have lasted about one year," said Lisa Dixon-Wells. "I would have gone back to teaching and it would have been the death of what I think is an amazing program. EnCana has allowed Dare to Care to succeed and they've allowed it to get to a place where sustainability in schools is possible," she said.

Ted Garrard, Chair of Imagine Canada's National Board of Directors says: "This is clearly an innovative partnership. EnCana is helping make communities where it operates better places to live. This is simply inspiring!"

Imagine Canada engages businesses and its leaders to set benchmarks for corporate citizenship and philanthropy. http://www.imagine.ca/

EnCana Corporation
With an enterprise value of approximately US$50 billion, EnCana is one of North America's leading natural gas producers, is among the largest holders of gas and oil resource lands onshore North America and is a technical and cost leader in the in-situ recovery of oilsands bitumen. EnCana delivers predictable, reliable, profitable growth from its portfolio of long-life resource plays situated in Canada and the United States. Contained in unconventional reservoirs, resource plays are large contiguous accumulations of hydrocarbons, located in thick or areally extensive deposits, that typically have lower geological and commercial development risk, lower average decline rates and very long producing lives compared to conventional plays. The application of technology to unlock the huge resource potential of these plays typically results in continuous increases in production and reserves and decreases in costs over multiple decades of resource play life. EnCana common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ECA.

Further information on EnCana Corporation is available on the company's Web site, www.encana.com, or by contacting:

EnCana contact:
Mary Ann Steen
Manager, Community Investment

Dare to Care project contact:
Lisa Dixon-Wells
Dare to Care Incorporated

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