Volunteering to positively impact the lives of others is nothing new for TransCanada employee, Holly Yaschuk. One day, she is sharing her two affectionate pups with seniors or hospital patients through Calgary’s PALS pet therapy program. The next, she is sharing skills honed during her 14-year career at TransCanada by helping implement a project management framework at Calgary’s United Way.
Yaschuk is a senior learning and development specialist with TransCanada’s Capital Projects Management System (CPMS). She oversees CPMS project management training and is a strong advocate for using consistent processes and tools to deliver quality results.
She is also a long-time volunteer with United Way and was chair of TransCanada’s first North American United Way Campaign in 2009.
Yaschuk received a request from the United Way to help the organization implement a project management approach; she welcomed the opportunity to make a tangible difference using her skills as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Her leader agreed. “Holly is using her depth of project management knowledge to help the community. In turn, the insights she gains from this work can potentially enhance our own learning programs,” says Heather Opseth, manager, CPMS, TransCanada.
Yaschuk’s team, which included two TransCanada co-op students, reviewed the way United Way conducts its work, from the annual campaign to the way funds are distributed in the community.
“There is consensus among United Way leadership that a more defined project management approach incorporating work processes and procedures will benefit the organization. They are also aware of balancing that approach with the need to be nimble and creative,” says Yaschuk.
“Our next step is to help put in place the tools, templates, and leading practices to help them work collaboratively, efficiently and with a high degree of quality.”
“Working with Holly and her team has been a real benefit for United Way as we are able to tap into the fabulous expertise at TransCanada, scale it to the work of United Way and harness our internal capacity to make a difference in the quality of life for Calgarians,” says Karen Young, United Way COO.
“Improving our project management practices will allow our teams to work in a more collaborative, integrated way. Managing projects well takes planning, leadership, teamwork and creativity and we are grateful to TransCanada for sharing Holly and her team’s expertise.”
Whether it’s partnering with community groups or employee engagement and giving through opportunities like the United Way secondment program, TransCanada is committed to supporting strong, vibrant communities across North America. Our dedication to building strong communities aligns with our corporate values of integrity, responsibility, collaboration and innovation. Click here to find out more about our community investment program.