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A Busy Weekend for Christmas Parades!

Delays due to weather made for a very busy weekend of Christmas parades across the island. Over the past few weeks our employees, retirees, their families and friends spent many hours getting the Newfoundland Power floats ready. The Paw Patrol float delighted children and grownups alike at the Downtown St. John’s and Mount Pearl Christmas Parades, winning awards at both. At the Downtown St. John’s Parade, over 40 employees and family members walked the parade route and collected over 14,000 pounds of food valued at approximately $35,000 and over $8,000 cash from parade spectators, all in support of the Community Food Sharing Association. Many thanks to everyone who donated to those in need this time of year.  In addition this year, we also held food drives at our offices, which added an additional 2,000 pounds of food. Thank you to our colleagues at Fortis for supporting our food drive as well.

Parade goers at the North Shore Santa Claus Parade were wished A Gingerbread Christmas from the employees, retirees and family members from our Carbonear office. A lot of work went into building the float and the Gingerbread House was a big hit.

For the Gander Christmas Parade, our employees put together a very unique Newfoundland Power themed float. The float featured a home well lit for the holiday season with our very own Power Line Technician, Justin Kieley, climbing the pole just outside. The parade is held at night, which was great for viewing the lights on all the floats.

The Thomas the Tank Engine chugged his way through the Grand Falls-Windsor Christmas parade. This is the third year that Thomas was able to participate in a parade. He made his debut in Carbonear in 2015 and last year he thrilled crowds in St. John’s.

The next parade will be taking place this weekend in Clarenville….keep an eye out for our Polar Express Float.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Everyone!

Think Safe. Live Safe.

 

 

Employees receive national Lifesaving Award

Employees receive national Lifesaving Award

We couldn’t be prouder of two of our employees, Wayne Baggs and Jim Short, Meter Readers in Corner Brook. On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Wayne and Jim attended a Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) Safety Symposium in Toronto where they each received a 2015 CEA Lifesaving Award.

This is their story:

 Jim Short and Wayne Baggs were driving east on the TCH about 5 km past Deer Lake when they came across an accident scene.  A vehicle had been travelling west on the TCH when it struck some slush and the driver lost control.  The vehicle did several 360 degree turns before going off the road and ended up upside down in a water filled ditch. The men parked their vehicles and ran to the ditch along with three other drivers who had also stopped.  The driver of the vehicle was trapped inside and the five men decided they had to try to lift the vehicle to allow the driver to escape.  They entered water up to their knees, quickly realizing that meant the driver of the vehicle was upside down and submerged in freezing water which was filling the drivers’ compartment.  The driver was also surrounded by airbags that had just gone off and was in great peril if the men could not lift the car – but they did it, and the driver was able to crawl out.   Had they not been there and lifted the vehicle quickly the driver mostly likely would have drowned. It was noted from the time they stopped until the rescue no other vehicles drove past the accident scene – this truly meant their efforts had made the difference between life or death. 

Congratulations to Wayne Baggs and Jim Short – you are truly heroes!

We’d like to help with your environmental project…

At Newfoundland Power we’re committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner while enhancing the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. We take pride in the difference our employees have made in communities across the island through our employee-driven Environmental Commitment Program. And to be recognized last year as an environmental leader in our province with the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Award for Business really meant a lot.

EnviroFest is our annual celebration of the environment which takes place during National Environment Week. In fact, we’ve been hosting EnviroFest for almost 20 years now! Each year, our employees dig in and play a hands-on role in the projects by volunteering, working right alongside our community partners. They like getting their hands dirty whether it’s planting trees, flowers and shrubs to beautify a green space or filling up bags with garbage at a community clean up. We like all shades of green, so if you’re improving a park area, enhancing a trail system, starting a recycling program or transforming a green space, we want to help.

We are accepting proposals for community-based environmental projects across the island right now. Don’t miss out – get your proposal in today! The deadline is 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 15, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on Friday, April 22, 2016.

After all, it’s the environmental actions we take today that will make a BIG difference tomorrow. Let’s leave a positive environmental legacy for many years to come…to be enjoyed by our children and our children’s children.Envirofest 2016

Rolling up our sleeves in your community

Through employee volunteerism, corporate donations and sponsorships, Newfoundland Power was able to provide over $600,000 to support the province, including those affected by cancer and mental health, in 2015.

Over time we have raised more than $3.4 million through The Power of Life Project for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, thanks to the support of our employees, customers and the company itself. In 2015 alone $400,000 was donated to help supply much-needed medical equipment in Burin, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville and St. John’s.

Employees at The Gathering Place preparing trifles for dinner.

Employees at The Gathering Place preparing trifles for dinner.

We also launched the “from the heart” employee giving program to work to improve mental health in our communities, and we invested in our province’s youth by supporting arts, fitness and education. We sponsored Shallaway Youth Choir, SportNL’s annual SportFest West and the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Awards, to name a few. In 2015, we also continued our over 30 year sponsorship of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services Learn Not to Burn school program.

 

Envirofest event @ Springwood Camp

Envirofest event at Springwood Camp

Our employees who volunteer are there to help in any way they can. We rolled up our sleeves and picked up our shovels at 7 different Envirofest events last year and also donned hair nets and aprons to prepare a meal at The Gathering Place.

 

 

 

 

At Newfoundland Power we are happy to have the opportunity to support the communities in which we work and live.

 

 

The Power of Life Project: Investing in Cancer Care Across the Province

The Power of Life Project: Investing in Cancer Care Across the Province

The Power of Life Project, our joint initiative with the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, has continued to generously support cancer patients across the province.

Thanks to your support, our enthusiastic employees, and the generosity of our customer donors we’re able to make a real difference in cancer care right here at home. Newfoundland Power’s corporate charity, The Power of Life Project, has raised more than $3 million since its inception in 2002.

Here are some of our recent accomplishments:

  • $45,000 raised during our Provincial Hard Hat Drive;
  • launched the Let Hope Ring campaign, which involved unveiling a Bell of Hope in cancer treatment facilities across province;
  • $35,500 raised through employee-driven fundraising including our annual golf tournaments in Stephenville and Clarenville, and a kitchen party and softball tournament in St. John’s;
  • automatic blood pressure monitor for the Chemotherapy Room in Carbonear;
  • chemotherapy recliner, family waiting chairs, weight scales and a television for the Chemotherapy Room in Burin;
  • equipment for the 4 North A Cancer Unit at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s;
  • furnishings for the Tele-oncology Room at the Cancer Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor;
  • automatic blood pressure monitor for the Chemotherapy Room in Port Aux Basques;
  • tele-oncology equipment in Gander and Stephenville;
  • sponsorship for children with cancer attending Camp Delight;
  • ongoing contributions to the Patient and Family Support Fund; and,
  • a custom stocked Toy Box for each child undergoing radiation treatment at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.