Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro wins prestigious safety award

Posted on Thursday April 07, 2022

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. (Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro) proudly received the Electrical Safety Authority Public Safety Excellence Award from the Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) at an awards gala in Toronto on Wednesday, March 30.

The Electrical Safety Authority Public Safety Excellence Award is presented to a local electricity distribution company (LDC) that has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving public electrical safety through education and awareness initiatives.

The award recognizes Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro’s adaptation of its in-person elementary school electrical safety program to an interactive virtual program, allowing the team to continue to provide vital life-saving information to students while schools were closed to visitors during COVID-19.

“Public safety is a key priority for Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro and connecting with students to teach them about safety is something we really missed during the pandemic,” says George Minow, Manager Health, Safety, and Wellness at Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. “Our team put their heads together to come up with a program that would make electrical safety fun and memorable and took it a step further to come up with an engaging online program. We’re proud of their work and efforts.”

“It is an honour to have our team’s hard work recognized,” adds Jerry Van Ooteghem, President and CEO, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro. “Our school safety program is something we have been proud to offer for many years, and we are so pleased to be able to carry it on despite COVID-19.”

Teaching students about electrical safety for more than three decades

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro has been delivering its electrical safety program to elementary school students in its service territory for more than 30 years. Students learn how electricity is generated and how it gets to their home and school, and how to spot and avoid electrical hazards at home and in their community.

The program is available for students in grades five and six in Kitchener and Wilmot Township at no charge and includes take-home materials. Teachers who would like to arrange to have the presentation delivered to their class can call 519-745-4771 for more information.

About Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. is a local distribution company, responsible for distributing electricity to more than 100,000 homes and businesses within the City of Kitchener and the Township of Wilmot. A wholly owned subsidiary of Kitchener Power Corp., Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. is focused on providing a safe, efficient and reliable supply of electricity to its customers.