Hydro One encourages employee volunteerism in the community and supports employee involvement through various programs, such as the Employee Volunteer Grant Program. Caitlin, a program process analyst, has participated in the program for the past three years. Learn more about Caitlin and her volunteer efforts with Crohn's and Colitis Canada.
Can you tell us about your involvement with Crohn's and Colitis Canada?
I started volunteering in 2015 as a Digital Outreach Lead. My role quickly grew to entail scoping out sponsorships, helping spread the word about events and working with a great team to plan and run the Annual Crohn's and Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk in Peterborough. My personal goal is to raise awareness and garner community support in Peterborough in order to promote fundraising activities and increase discussions about "invisible" illnesses, like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Why is the Employee Volunteer Grant Program important to you?
The Hydro One Employee Volunteer Grant Program recognizes my volunteer efforts by providing a $500 donation to Crohn's and Colitis Canada. Hydro One's support helps the Peterborough Chapter in hosting events and meeting our fundraising goals. Our main event is hosting the Annual Crohn's and Colitis Canada Gutsy Walk in Peterborough every June! The funds raised from this event are used for patient care programs, advocacy, and research.
Why did you get involved with Crohn's and Colitis Canada?
My husband suffers from Crohn's disease and the number of incidences of Crohn's in Canadian children under 10 has almost doubled since 1995. I want to support him and find a cure, so future generations and my own children do not endure the pain and suffering associated with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
What's your message for those who want to learn more about Crohn's and Colitis Canada?
I would encourage you to visit Crohn's and Colitis Canada and take a look at this year's campaign, "Make it stop. For Life". The goal is to raise $100 million to help "end the unrelenting pain, the multiple surgeries, the missed moments and the isolation" that 1 in 150 Canadians live with due to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.