Governance

TransAlta celebrates National Volunteer Week

Apr 21, 2015

A proud member of our communities

Imagine yourself having a six month old infant that you barely have enough energy to take care of because you’re currently going through chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. What do you do to make sure your child is properly taken care of while you get through this difficult time? This is just one example of the vulnerabilities that local organizations work hard to address. There are countless amazing non-profit organizations across Canada that provide a variety of services for those in need.

Last week, TransAlta employees did their part to give back to these amazing organizations by volunteering. “Our employees consistently support the communities where we live and work, not only with monetary donations, but also by lending a hand through volunteer work,” says Colleen Carter, senior communications advisor. “Volunteering is an important part of TransAlta’s culture.”

National Volunteer Week 2015

From April 12 to 18, Canadians celebrated National Volunteer Week by recognizing those who donate their time to a cause and truly help to make a difference in the community. We celebrated National Volunteer Week and hit the ground running to help local organizations.

In Calgary, 24 employees spent a combine total of 86 hours volunteering to help out where they could. Volunteer tasks included sorting food at the Calgary Food Bank, cooking at Community Kitchen for the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, and cleaning, cooking and doing yard work at the Children’s Cottage.

Employees from across TransAlta’s fleet also joined in to celebrate National Volunteer week. Twelve members of our Melancthon wind team spent some time at the Hospice Dufferin to paint, help with yard work and tidy. Our Centralia employees will also be heading out to Onalaska Alliance, Carlisle Lake Project to help with tidying the land and improving trial access to the area.

While volunteering, our employees also learned more about the amazing work local organizations do in the community. Thank you to all those organizations who work hard to keep communities healthy and vibrant.

We love our volunteers

TransAlta doesn’t just volunteer during National Volunteer Week. Every year, TransAlta employees, contractors and retirees spend time in their communities lending a hand to local organizations. In 2014 alone, we volunteered 26,730 hours. This includes our amazing Projects Organized With Energetic Retirees (POWER) group that is constantly out volunteering with numerous organizations in our communities. TransAlta employee volunteers and retirees will be out in the community more this year to lend a hand with numerous nonprofit organizations. Watch for more community involvement later this year.
     
Children’s Cottage                    Hospice Dufferin

 

April 21, 2015

TransAlta volunteers in action