It takes plenty of commitment and dedication to manage the scheduling of two jobs. But for Dwight Henry his work at TransCanada hasn’t impacted his ability to serve and support the military.
“TransCanada allows for 18 days of military leave and that covers the majority of the annual training period,” says Henry, an electronics, instrumentation and controls technician at TransCanada’s Sulphur Springs compressor station in Indiana. “I’m thankful. While some employers make the reservists use vacation time to cover their time spent serving, TransCanada does not.”
Henry has served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as a Machinist First Class. Although he began working at TransCanada eight years ago, it hasn’t impacted his ability to serve and support the United States military.
“Even though my military service causes an undue hardship on both scheduling and my co-workers, I have never heard a single negative word from anyone.
“Everyone supports my military service completely,” he adds.
Thankful for flexibility and support
That “everyone” includes his manager, Stoney Sportsman, who is based in Defiance, Ohio.
Because of the support he’s received, Henry wanted to show his thanks to TransCanada and especially his manager – so Henry nominated him for an award with the U.S. Department of Defense.
The nomination resulted in TransCanada earning one of 75 Patriot Awards given out in the state of Ohio. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. The award was recently presented to Sportsman, publically recognizing him for the outstanding support and cooperation to employees who are serving in the military.
Sportsman says he was happy to accept the award which was presented by The Ohio Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). “We are very proud and supportive of Dwight and his service,” he said.
“During the presentation of the award, I signed a statement letting the ESGR know we are willing to provide future support for members of the guard and reserve. The statement pledged that TransCanada appreciates the value, leadership and unique skills that service members bring to our workforce and that we will encourage opportunities to employ veterans,” Sportsman adds.
This is not the first time the company and its employees have been honoured with prestigious military awards. In 2013, TransCanada was the first recipient of the Secretary’s Award. The award recognized companies for support of military veterans in our communities. TransCanada also received the Above and Beyond Award in 2013.
TransCanada has a long history of supporting veterans. It’s something we’re extremely proud of. Whether it’s supporting veteran employees by providing time off for military leave, supporting the Helmets to Hardhats and Veterans in Piping programs, or ensuring that veterans are able to participate in Veterans Day Parades they deserve, it’s important to ensure these heroes get the recognition they deserve. Not only because they make up about 9 per cent of our workforce, but because they make grave sacrifices to ensure we all enjoy the freedoms we have.
ESGR, a division of the Department of Defense, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between reserve service members and employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.
TransCanada has operated in the United States for more than 60 years, supporting more than 1,900 American employees in causes that matter to them and their communities.