From grids to gardens: How one BC Hydro employee inspired his community to give back


In Campbell River, where the hum of power grids meets the tranquility of coastal living, Andrew, a communications protection and control technologist at BC Hydro, discovered the impact of community support during a challenging time in his life.

In the summer of 2023, Andrew’s world was turned upside down when his son faced health complications requiring extended care at Victoria General Hospital. It was during this period that Andrew and his family found support at Jeneece Place, our Home away from home in Victoria for families navigating complex health journeys.

“We were at our most vulnerable, and the genuine kindness shown to us by staff and volunteers carried us through,” said Andrew.

During his stay at Jeneece Place, Andrew learned about Q̓ʷalayu House, our Home away from home in Campbell River. Reflecting on his experience, Andrew felt compelled to give back to Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

BC Hydro recently launched a pilot program that allows employees to volunteer during work hours. Andrew’s coworkers, inspired by his story, joined him in supporting Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island through this new volunteer initiative, which coincided with their desire to make a meaningful impact.

“It’s a pretty diverse range of ages, all different backgrounds, and I think my experience rubbed off on them,” said Andrew. “The timing couldn’t have been better.”

He and his team of technologists volunteered their services on the grounds at Q̓ʷalayu House. From maintaining power systems to nurturing gardens, they found parallels in the essential roles of both their professional and volunteer work—keeping communities connected and cared for.

Andrew expressed deep gratitude to Jeneece Place for the chance to give back and underscored the impact of community support on families facing health challenges.

“Jeneece Place provided us a soft landing during one of the most difficult periods our family has experienced,” said Andrew. “It’s such an amazing support.”

Andrew’s journey serves as a powerful reminder that no matter our roles, we all have the capacity to make a difference and spread kindness, one act at a time.

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