hey say you can’t be picky about jobs when you graduate. You have to pay your dues. You may not even use the skills you learned in school.

I am grateful to be able to defy those stereotypes.

As an intern this summer, I had the amazing opportunity to fill in for Becca Patton as editor of You while she was out on maternity leave. When she decided to step down as editor to spend more time with her daughter, Bronwyn, I was invited to take over her role full-time.

It’s true: When one door closes, another opens. As Becca begins a new chapter of her life with her first child, I begin a new chapter in my first “real” job. And not just any job—one I’m already passionate about.

As I finish my final year of graduate school, I’m looking forward to continue sharing with you the amazing stories of our talented, unique employees and retirees.

For starters, check out the heartwarming story of Teri Hood, engineering administrative assistant at Millstone Power Station. For the past 12 years, she and her mom have brought in mountains of homemade baked goods for every refueling outage at Millstone. They’ve even shared a recipe with us.

Teri isn’t the only one who loves to serve. Kimberly Ohrum, administrative assistant in Richmond’s Regional Operations Center, helped start a community garden, in which everything grown is given directly to the homeless.

Dominion employees are always willing to help those in need. To benefit children affected by the flooding in West Virginia, employees donated more than 5,000 pairs of shoes. In a two-day tour, volunteers visited nine schools to deliver the goods. One child, upon receiving a new pair of shoes, said, “This is the best day of my life.”

In another demonstration of kindness, LaTarsha Brandon’s coworkers were nothing but supportive when she found out she had breast cancer. Read her first-hand account of receiving the diagnosis while at work and the importance of staying positive.

In other news:

Let us introduce you to Craig Wagstaff, the newly appointed president of Dominion Questar. Read about how he met his wife, how he spends his free time, and how he began his career with Questar Gas two days after graduating from high school.

Another employee, Justin Pope, was among the largest crowd ever to gather for an American football game last month. The Battle at Bristol attracted nearly 157,000 fans.

Finally, with the presidential election quickly approaching, check out an article from the November 1984 issue of Vepco Currents about the importance of voting. In some instances in American history, a small group of voters has shifted the outcome of an election.

When one door closes . . .

by Audrey Cannon