Duke Energy Honors Three Employees with Robinson Award - Duke Energy

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July 26, 2006

Duke Energy Honors Three Employees with Robinson Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Duke Energy employees were honored today with the company’s Robinson Citizenship Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to humanitarianism and community service.

Honored were:

  • Paul Hooker, senior technical specialist, Duke Energy Carolinas, Belews Creek Steam Station, Belews Creek, N.C.
  • Carlos Pueyo Roy, manager of personnel and information technology, Duke Energy International, Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • Danny Strilchuk, manager of diversity and employment equity compliance, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Vancouver, British Columbia

Established in 1961, the Robinson Citizenship Award has annually recognized Duke Energy employees for outstanding achievements supporting citizenship and service, contributions to human and community relations and for acts of courage and outstanding judgment in an emergency. The award is named for the late William Smith O’Brien Robinson Jr., who worked for the company for 53 years and served as Duke Energy chairman from 1957 to 1959.

Paul Hooker exemplified Duke Energy’s spirit of community service during the 2005 hurricane season that left many regions of the country devastated. In the summer of2005, as leader of the Piedmont Region of North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief Organization, Hooker trained more than 400 volunteers to prepare and serve meals in disaster situations. Several months later when Hurricane Katrina ravaged many towns in the Gulf Coast region, Hooker formed volunteer response teams.

Using personal vacation time, Hooker led a team of 77 volunteers on a 13-hour bus ride to Meridian, Miss., where they assisted thousands of displaced residents. For a week, the team began each day at 4 a.m., repairing homes and preparing more than 11,000 meals a day. Recognizing there was still a lot of work to be done, Hooker returned to the region in October, this time leading a team to Lafayette, La., where they prepared more than 6,000 meals a day. Hooker’s passion for helping others left a positive impact on two communities during a time of great need.

Carlos Pueyo Roy has made significant contributions to help children and families in Cochabamba, Bolivia, who are living with Down syndrome (DS), a genetic disorder that slows physical and mental development and occurs in one of every 800 live births worldwide. In the Cochabamba metropolitan area alone, there are an estimated 1,200 cases. As a parent of a child with DS, Pueyo recognized the need for a support network where parents could learn more about the disorder, share experiences and ensure full development of their children.

Beginning in 1990, Pueyo collaborated with a group of parents to establish an organization that would serve as that network, the Cochabamba Down Syndrome Association (ASDC). Pueyo served on ASDC’s first board of directors and as president of the organization in 2003. He also spearheaded an effort to build a specialized treatment facility for ASDC where children across Bolivia could go for treatment. To secure funding for the facility, Pueyo led a fundraising drive which brought in more than USD $250,000, including donations from the Cochabamba Rotary Club and land from the municipal authority. Due to his efforts, construction began on the treatment facility in November 2005.

Danny Strilchuk’s passion for helping others has made a significant impact on the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 1,500 individuals living with HIV/AIDs, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

His commitment to this organization is marked by years of contributions to programs such as “Dinners with Mom,” which matches volunteer chefs with individuals the organization serves. 

In addition to recruiting Duke Energy employee volunteers and securing foundation grants for the organization, Strilchuk led an effort to recruit volunteer participation from a number of other corporate sponsors. His contributions were so successful that a “Dinners with Jake” Saturday program was developed. Strilchuk has also devoted his time to numerous other nonprofit organizations, including the Coast Mental Health Foundation which supports programs for those with mental illnesses.

Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.

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