Las month, our CEO – Karim Abraham – had the pleasure of going to Kwadacha to meet and visit with the Nation and get a better understanding of the opportunities, projects, and challenges that are top of mind for the community as a whole. It was also a tremendous opportunity for him to observe and learn from Areef (the company’s founder, and Karim’s father) and the way he is able to connect with everyone in the community to build long-lasting and trusting relationships.
Together, they were able to advance project opportunities with Chief Donny that have been underway for a while, and gain a better sense of how Community Power can leverage existing community programs, skills, and resources to build new homes in the community through Kwadacha Natural Resources’ plan. This plan will teach timber-frame construction and increase lumber production to build homes by the community, for the community.
The Community Power team also received tremendous feedback on the Youth Energy Mentorship Program, which is ongoing in Kwadacha and Tsay Keh Dene Nations. In particular, a glowing reference was given for our team member Uli Chorny who had been spearheading the initiative.
Overall, the trip was a great reminder that Community Power is a people-focused business, working to support people first in all of the communities we work. While Karim and Areef had no agenda for the trip, they spent time with people throughout the communities to talk about current projects and actively listen to their ideas, concerns, and challenges to ensure that projects are designed within the nuances and context of the practical day-to-day lives of community members.
Whether it’s an electrical contracting job, an engagement session, or a renewable feasibility study – all of the work completed by Community Power is about people and how we can work with them in a genuine, respectful, and meaningful way to deliver a meaningful impact.