September 2016

ow lucky I am to have something that makes saying ‘goodbye’ so hard.”

As an intern this summer, I have had the joy of meeting employees from all over the company and sharing their stories with you. From hearing Michael Stuart’s world record-breaking whistle to meeting Mike Shearin and his retired military dog, I’ve had a blast.

I am in awe of the experiences I’ve been given, and I am beyond grateful for the relationships I have formed. When I return to James Madison University for my final year, I will miss walking to Christopher’s for lunch with fellow interns. I will miss Dan Genest’s cooking and John Wiley’s stories. I will miss Rob Richardson’s jokes and Janell Hancock’s advice. But most of all, I will miss coming to work every day and feeling like I am among friends.

To me, Dominion is much more than an employer. It is a community of individuals who truly care for one another.

In my final issue, I am pleased to profile other students from all over the company. Interns from South Carolina to Pennsylvania answer questions about everything from their mentors at work to how they eat their Oreos.

Also, check out the feature story about one intern who spent the first 19 years of his life in Italy. Massimo Biasuzzi worked for three years in the company’s Tredegar cafeteria before beginning his internship in IT through the Dominion Diversity Scholarship.

Still more students are about to begin their college experience. Read about Mike Bright’s challenges and expectations as he prepares to send his triplets to three different colleges across Virginia.

As Mike says goodbye to his children, Becca Patton is adjusting to life with a newborn. She describes the difficult decision to step down as editor of You to spend more time with her daughter, Bronwyn.

In a continuation of last month’s profiles about employees with disabilities, read the inspirational stories of two additional employees who face physical challenges at work. Adam LaSalle has been blind since age 15, when he was shot in the head by his abusive stepfather, and Kay Jones has been wheelchair-bound since a car accident in 1993.

This summer, a lineman and a groundman in North Carolina put out a house fire, saving six children who were asleep inside. Their courageous act is a reflection of the kind of people who work here.

Fifteen other linemen proudly represented Dominion in the 14th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman Rodeo, in which they out-performed competition from 15 other utilities and cooperatives.

The issue features another contest from the past—the annual company-sponsored fire and rescue competition. What memories come to mind when you read this article from the October 1990 issue of Currents?

Mentors and memories

by Audrey Cannon

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