TransCanada employees are ready to make a difference in their communities.
Wesley Adair is calm, cool and collected as he describes his volunteer work – which is a good thing, since he helps fight fires with the Miami-Roberts County Volunteer Fire Department in Texas.
Wesley is a pipeline technician at TransCanada who has volunteered with the fire department for the past six years. During the summer when it is hot and dry, he responds to many calls to fight wildfires. He says, “We suit up, we set up an incident command. Then through the chief we decide how to attack it. It’s usually pretty difficult [work]; we usually use full bunker gear to fight the fire.”
Having lived in Miami for seven years, keeping his town safe is a priority. Wesley says, “We’re an extremely rural community, so somebody’s got to protect the community. It’s rewarding knowing that you’ve helped people and saved their property and sometimes their lives.”
Wesley is just one of TransCanada’s over 4,800 employees across North America who are eager to donate their time and money to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.
Employee Giving at TransCanada
TransCanada has always aimed to support our employees and empower them to give back to their communities in ways that resonate with them personally – whether through volunteering a helping hand or making a donation to a good cause.
Ever since 1998, TransCanada has matched employee donations up to $1,000 per employee every year and matched their volunteer time with financial contributions to support the causes they care about. TransCanada’s new employee volunteer engagement and giving program, called Empower, continues this tradition, but makes it even easier for employees to give and volunteer through a new user friendly platform.
In 2012, employees like Wesley registered 1,200 hours of personal volunteer time. Through the Dollars for Doers program, TransCanada donated over $26,000 to Canadian and U.S. charities in recognition of employees’ volunteer commitments.
Meanwhile, in 2012 our employees and corporate matching raised over $2.6 million for 130 United Ways across North America.
In addition to our annual United Way campaign, our employees gave more than $360,000 to causes in their communities last year – which was then matched by TransCanada.
Susan Wall is one of those employees who helped raise money for a good cause.
Susan, a risk analyst who has worked at TransCanada for almost 18 years, easily rattles off various organizations she has volunteered with over the years through opportunities provided by TransCanada. Listing opportunities such as volunteering at the recent Alberta Children’s Hospital Caring for Kids Radiothon, donating blood, volunteering at the food bank or helping build houses through Habitat for Humanity, she is obviously familiar with lending a hand. She says, “I’ve had a lot of years [at TransCanada] to volunteer.”
Her biggest achievement though, was helping to raise over $30,000, including the corporate match, as co-captain of a 22-member TransCanada team that biked 180 km over two days in Alberta last year in support of the MS Society of Canada.
Susan says, “Everyone has their own passions and reasons to stand behind whatever speaks to them. It’s nice that TransCanada will give support to the organizations that are important to me.”
With employees like Susan and Wesley leading the effort, TransCanada is able to help build safe, active and vibrant communities.