Trust fund established for Jaysen Reyes
A trust fund has been established to support the victim of last week’s shooting at a local Fas Gas.
Parkland Fuel Corp., the company that owns Fas Gas, has set up the fund at Scotiabank to collect donations for Jaysen Arancon Reyes, 26, who was shot while working at the West Park Fas Gas on Sept. 11.
Reyes has been in hospital in Calgary since the incident, where he has undergone several surgeries relating to injuries he suffered to his face and hands.
Reyes, in the country as a temporary foreign worker, came to Canada from his home in the Philippines in May. His mother and much of his family is still in the Asian nation.
Parkland is working to bring Reyes’ mother to Canada; she is securing a visa to visit her son. The company has committed to cover all costs relating to Reyes’ mother’s visit — it has already wired her $1,000 — and the visit of Reyes’ uncle, who lives in Ontario and is already in Calgary with the victim.
In a release, the company says Red Deer MP Earl Dreeshen is “helping us try and expedite the visa process.” It adds that the trust account was established at the request of concerned community members.
Shortly after the shooting, a donation box was set up at the Fas Gas location, through which many people offered financial support to Reyes. Parkland spokesman Tom McMillan said that box has now been taken down and people will be directed to donate into the Scotiabank account.
The company’s investigation into the incident is ongoing. McMillan said the company follows industry standards in terms of clerk safety and security, a topic on which he said there is a lot of research.
The trust account is named Parkland Fuel Corporation ITF Jaysen Arancon Reyes — account number 12989 0475718. The fund is a national account, with donations accepted at Scotiabank branches across the country.
Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31.