A group of nine brave TransCanada employees dressed up in their neon best and rappelled down a 30-storey building in downtown Calgary to support individuals living with disabilities and special needs in Alberta.
During the annual Easter Seals Drop Zone event, spectators watched as many Calgarians, including some TransCanada employees, made the downward descent.
For Carman Podd, TransCanada Documents & Records Analyst, taking part in the event hit close to home, as she knows first-hand the positive impacts Easter Seals has on those who rely on the organization.
“I have an amazing little man who has autism as well as a beautiful cousin who is severely disabled due to complication at birth. Both my cousin’s family and I are aware of how much Easter Seals helps families and children with disabilities,” explains Podd.
Bravely facing your fears to help others who face theirs
Podd was petrified to take the plunge and credits her son with giving her the courage to follow through with the trip down the tower.
“Doing this rappel was by far the most terrifying thing I have ever done. I was full of adrenaline as I went down the building and in my head all I heard was him saying ‘Good job mommy’, he really is my superhero every single day.
“I had a mantra that I have repeated to myself from the moment I signed up for this; my son faces his anxiety and discomfort in the world everyday like a trooper, so I felt like I should step up and face some anxiety for one day.”— Carman Podd, TransCanada Documents & Records Analyst
TransCanada raised nearly $23,000 for Easter Seals
TransCanada raised nearly $23,000 for Easter Seals, with funds going towards services, programs and mobility equipment, such as scooters and power wheelchairs, as well as sending children to Camp Horizon.
Each year, from coast to coast, the organization helps more than 100,000 Canadians with disabilities to participate fully in society.
Darren Hopkins, TransCanada Project Engineer (EIT) in Compression Projects, was the group’s top fundraiser. Hopkins raised more than $3,000 and says he was glad to support the cause.
“I’m driven by a belief that I need to do something with my life that will allow for the community at large to be better than it was when I found it,” explains Hopkins.
“Easter Seals is an organization that makes a positive contribution to the community and it’s a gift for me to be able to contribute to that.”— Darren Hopkins, TransCanada Project Engineer (EIT) in Compression Projects
Darren isn’t shy to be in the sky as this marks his second descent. In 2012 he rappelled down the building the first time with a small team from TransCanada.
“It definitely gets easier the second time around, and I’d love to be a part of the team again. When you’re all the way up there you don’t hear much from the ground and it’s kind of peaceful to just hang up there in the sun for a bit and take in the end of the summer.”