s a kid, I remember cheering my dad on as he competed in triathlons. It takes a special kind of crazy to complete a race that’s a swim, bike and run all rolled into one. But my dad’s endeavors taught me the value of an active lifestyle. When I enrolled at James Madison University, I joined the school’s triathlon club, and I’ve been a member ever since.

Training for triathlons helped me develop the values of hard work and perseverance. Stephen Harrell, who played soccer in college, spoke with several employees who were also college athletes. They are grateful for the skills they learned through sports and apply those in their roles at Dominion.

But athletics is not the only extracurricular activity that prepares employees for the workplace. Joe Pabst, who has a passion for theater, talked to employees who enjoyed the arts in school. They are confident that music, theater and visual arts instilled in them a creativity that they use in their jobs today.

This month’s stories encouraged me to reflect on the lessons I learned from my family. Christine Mitchell interviewed employees and retirees who picked up the art of car restoration from their dads and passed it on to their sons and daughters. The issue also features a 1983 article from Vepco Currents in which two employees worked together to restore a 1951 Crosley Super Sedan.

Michael Stuart, who landed a spot in the 2017 Guinness Book of World Records for highest-pitch whistle, recalls how he learned to whistle by mimicking his grandfather. Now, Michael hopes to pass on his passion for music to his son, Michael Jr.

In a unique “My Word,” Cindy and Kelly Balderson write a joint article as a mother-daughter team. Cindy recalls raising her daughters in Dominion’s culture of philanthropy, and Kelly reflects on growing up as a member of the Dominion family.

Lessons learned

by Audrey Cannon

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