Collaboration in Action
One of TransCanada’s core values is collaboration. Internally and externally our organization is committed to achieving win-win solutions. It was with this mindset that TransCanada Administrative Assistant, Cynthia Presell decided that TransCanada might be able to help the North Spokane YMCA.
In January of this year the local news reported that the non-profit’s truck had been stolen and totaled. The truck was vital to the organization and used on a regular basis to bring in equipment, move supplies for the pool, materials needed to build a playground and the logs around the outdoor climbing wall. Unfortunately the YMCA lacked funding to buy a new or used truck. The local news coverage was intended to raise community awareness of the incident by covering the loss and hoped that the organization might receive assistance from the community. Indeed they did.
Cynthia read the story on the KREM TV Facebook page and saw an opportunity for TransCanada to donate a recently retired truck from TransCanada’s fleet. She immediately contacted her Area Manager, John Plaster about collaborating with the “Y” and donating the truck. John contacted the YMCA and made arrangements to make it happen.
“I’m familiar with the ‘Y’ and all they do in the community. When Cynthia told me about the need for the truck and that she had just filed paperwork to retire a truck from our fleet, I thought it was a great idea.” said John. “It was a win-win solution.”
TransCanada has always had a strong reputation for corporate philanthropy and leadership. “We have worked hard over the past 60 years to earn and maintain the trust of our community neighbors and uphold our reputation as a leader in the safe, reliable and responsible operation of North American energy infrastructure.” stated Verlyn Bailly, the TransCanada Community Representative for the area, “Investing in the communities where we live and work is fundamental to our corporate social responsibility objectives.”
The 2007 Chevrolet ½ ton truck was delivered to the YMCA on April 11, 2014.