“We give where we live”
How does Hydro Ottawa support community?
There are dozens of things we do to support our city—every one of my employees has volunteer days, some are volunteer firefighters and hockey coaches, it’s just who they are. From United Way, to CHEO, to local community associations, giving back is part of Hydro Ottawa’s foundation, our credo, who we are and what we do. We’ve been a United Way Ottawa supporter and partner since we came into existence in 2000. Since then, I’m so proud that our employees have contributed more than $2.5 million to United Way. Three years ago, we also signed off to donate $1 million over five years to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s Rose Ages Breast Health Centre.
We also try to build community support into our existing day-to-day operations.
About six years ago, we started donating five dollars for every customer who switched to online billing, and we’ve been donating that money to CHEO for the past three years. It’s five dollars for everyone to do the right thing.
If you look at the four key objectives of this company, community support is one of them—we’re measured on it on an annual basis. It’s the part of the job of that’s the most rewarding for me as an individual. The fact that I get to be part of the United Way board, that I get to attend events like the Community Builder of the Year Awards and go to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and represent Hydro Ottawa—it’s the best part of my job.