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14 Community – It’s Everything Horizon Utilities is part of the fabric of its communities. Beyond the 24/7 service we deliver, our employees live, work, play and volunteer in our communities, raising money and awareness for a number of important causes. Connecting Our Kids to Tomorrow Horizon received praise in 2014 for its comprehensive Take Your Kids to Work Day program. As is the case with everything at Horizon, it was firstly a lesson in safety. Sixteen Grade 9 students learned what to do and what not to do around high voltage equipment. A tour of our network control room operations, coupled with a panel discussion, gave students a chance to talk to employees about career paths, as well as the critical nature of our work, ensuring that electricity safely and reliably flows into the homes and businesses of their communities. Summer and Winter – Toasting Our Communities Once again, in 2014, Horizon joined forces with Sustainable Hamilton and the Hamilton Conservation Foundation for the 3rd Annual Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival on Family Day. Horizon is a founding sponsor of Sustainable Hamilton, a non-profit corporation formed to inspire Hamilton business organizations to adopt sustainability as a strategy for greater prosperity. In August of 2014, Horizon marked World Environment Day by sponsoring the Gore Park Summer Promenade. This event brings the community out to enjoy fresh air, summer sun, good food and music. Contributing to the Safety of Our Communities Horizon spreads its word about safety throughout the community and, in 2014, continued to partner with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in its annual fundraising efforts to support safety in the workplace. A $15,000 cheque was presented to MySafeWork, a not-forprofit charitable organization created to prevent workplace accidents. Horizon Utilities has been an active participant in the MySafeWork program since 2009. Horizon employees volunteer their time across Hamilton and St. Catharines to promote safety and education initiatives. Employees from all departments and disciplines join MySafeWork to deliver life-saving safety awareness messages and answer questions from students who are about to enter the workforce. In 2014, Horizon Utilities went to 36 schools, engaging thousands of elementary-aged children in safety and conservation with an interesting and interactive presentation. Big Hearts on a Big Bike For the ninth consecutive year, Horizon employees raised money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation by pedaling a 29-seat ”big bike”. Our participation in this trademark event has earned us Hall of Fame Fundraising status, raising more than $40,000. SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY Horizon Utilities has been participating in Take Your Kids to Work Day for 11 years, with more than 50 employees participating


2014 Sustainability-based Annual Report
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