Safety First – 2019 President’s Safety Award
Safety is a priority and a challenge for any trade working in industrial and commercial settings. Companies like CEL put great effort into protecting our employees, clients, visitors, sub-contractors, the public – even property and the environment – when working onsite. While a perfect record is the goal, it is incredibly hard to achieve. Yet, this is exactly what the team at our Camrose branch accomplished in 2019. Due to their uncompromising commitment to ensuring all personnel return safely home at the end of each shift, the Camrose branch went through the entire 2019 calendar year with ZERO safety and environmental incidents. For this remarkable feat, they were presented our 2019 President’s Safety Award.
“Camrose had an extremely busy year. CEL asks our employees to execute all work in a manner that adheres to our strong safety standard and safety culture. The Camrose team were enthusiastic participants in our new safety programs and their numbers prove it!” beamed Dallas Smith, COO. “It was a concerted effort, and all members of our Camrose team should be very proud of their accomplishment.” Smith added that the Camrose branch also set the standard when it came to hazard recognition and mitigation through their detailed and well-executed project plans, hazard assessments, and hazard ID program. “At CEL, we work collaboratively across our entire company to continually improve our safety practices, policies and procedures. The lessons learned here will be shared across our entire organization. Congratulations to the entire Camrose team. You earned this!”
The team at CEL Electrical Contractors is used to lighting up buildings. But they all agree that nothing compares to the feeling of lighting up the faces of young families ahead of the holiday season. In what has become an annual tradition, staff from CEL’s Calgary office played the role of Santa’s little helpers, serving up food and smiles at the Louise Dean Centre’s Christmas dinner. The children were thrilled as Santa Claus made a special appearance, and brought a sack of gifts. Once he’d seen all of the children, Santa even made time for the big kids from CEL. The Louise Dean Centre is a school dedicated to the unique needs of pregnant teens and young mothers. It provides valuable services and a supportive environment that allows these students to continue with their education – within a safe, nurturing environment for newborns and young children. The program is operated through a partnership between Catholic Family Services (CFS) and the Calgary Board of Education. Patricia Jones, CEO of Catholic Family Services appreciates the ongoing work CEL does on behalf of CFS.
“The CEL crew is fantastic. They are very understated. They show up to do their job without fanfare. We are so lucky to have them,” Jones beamed.In addition to volunteering their time to the Louise Dean Centre, CEL is proud to lend its financial support to this incredible organization. Across the country, CEL and its employees take great pride in supporting the communities where they work and call home. On behalf of the entire team, from Alberta to Ontario, CEL wishes you and yours a warm and magical Merry Christmas.
As CEL’s newest branch, the London, Ontario office had something to prove. They demonstrated their ability to quickly get on board with CEL’s core values and meet the rigorous demands of our safety culture as a branch start-up.
CEL is looking forward to partnering with the Calgary Food Bank and Burnet Duckworth & Palmer (BD&P) to Put the Boots to Hunger™ at the 2019 Calgary Stampede.
May 15, 2019 marked the 40th anniversary of Community Electric Ltd. (today, better known as CEL Electrical Contractors). As one of the original founders, President and CEO Willie Unger reflects fondly on his memories of a cagey company that defied the odds to become one of Western Canada’s most reputable electrical consulting firms.
We are pleased to report the 2019 UP & Away Charity Gala lived up to its name: and soared well above its $350,000 fundraising goal. This annual event is held in support of UP, an initiative of Catholic Family Service (CFS) created to empower people to unlock their potential and thrive.
On February 28th, 2019, Louise Dean School held its Family Fun Night. CEL is a proud sponsor and supporter of this amazing school, which was created to allow and encourage young mothers and pregnant teens to complete their high school education.