Waterloo North Hydro Recognized By Electrical Safety Authority With Consumer and Home Safety Award

Posted on Friday September 27, 2019

Waterloo North Hydro (WNH) is proud to be awarded the 2019 Consumer and Home Safety Award from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).

The prestigious award was presented during the ESA’s annual awards ceremony on September 26. WNH was honoured for the success of its Elementary School Electrical Safety Poster Contest.

“We are very pleased to have received this award,” said Rene Gatien, WNH’s President and CEO. “The Poster Contest is an important part of our commitment to public safety and helps us to continue sharing the safety lessons learned through our school safety program.”

WNH began the Elementary School Electrical Safety Poster Contest in 2018. The contest is open to all Grade 1-8 elementary school students attending schools in WNH’s service territory. Students are asked to design an electrical safety poster based on a particular safety theme. In 2018 the theme was the importance of call before you dig. In 2019, the theme was the dangers of tampering with electrical equipment.

Students from across Waterloo Region entered the contest and WNH received a high number of excellent entries. WNH staff selected finalists in each category from the submitted entries. The finalists were then entered into a public vote to determine the winning posters. Winning entries were chosen first by WNH staff and then by a public vote. The winning artists received a gift card and special prize bag from WNH and were awarded their prizes in front of their classmates in special presentations.

The winning posters were used as artwork for bill inserts, social media posts, and other safety communication material.

The contest was created as an extension of WNH’s school safety program. The program features an hour-long, fun, interactive presentation from ‘Lectric Larry, a retired WNH employee. In 2018, Larry presented to 3,548 students, or 85 per cent of the students in WNH’s service territory. More than 18,000 students have participated in the School Safety Program since 2012.

With the success of the first two years of the poster contest, WNH plans to continue the contest in 2020. For more information on the contest and to see last year’s winning entries, please visit www.wnhydro.com/postercontest. To learn more about WNH’s School Electrical Safety Program, visit www.wnhydro.com/schoolprogram.