ENWIN Takes to the Skies Above Windsor

Children and Families Meet Our Machines at Community Event


June 27, 2018

Windsor, ON: This past Saturday, ENWIN Superhero volunteers helped children and families reach their cruising altitude of 50 to 65 feet above ground in ENWIN buckets.

At the popular Meet-A-Machine event, ENWIN gave children and families an opportunity to ‘meet’ our vehicles and hydro crew, while being hoisted high into the sky.

Meet-A-Machine is an annual community literacy event hosted by the City of Windsor at the WFCU Centre, in partnership with EarlyON Child and Family Centres. ENWIN trucks are part of the display of machines of all shapes and sizes, including emergency vehicles, construction equipment, military trucks, buses, forestry trucks, race cars, tow trucks and much more.

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“I know everyone at the Centre is most appreciative, in fact the ENWIN buckets are probably the most impressive and anticipated experience of the day,” said JMCC Board Chair Nancy Gignac in an email following the event. “I am sure our paths will cross again... ENWIN is more than a utility!”

ENWIN Powerline Technicians, Maintainers, Apprentices and Students helped with safety gear and assisted the riders in and out of the buckets. They rarely had to inquire if the kids enjoyed themselves; their smiles said it all!

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Judging by the queue, the ENWIN bucket rides were once again one of the most popular attractions at the Meet-A-Machine event. Four trucks ensured that children and families didn’t have to wait long, as ENWIN volunteers helped with safety harnesses and assisted riders in and out of the buckets.

“The first year, we had one truck. Our line was so long, that I went back to the shop to get another!”, recalled Hydro Supervisor Ray Forget. “The kids just get such a kick out of it, and now we’re up to four trucks, so that’s a pretty impressive display.”

“At events throughout the year, people always remark how much their children look forward to the Meet-A-Machine event, and specifically the ride in our bucket trucks,” commented ENWIN President & CEO, Helga Reidel. “We couldn’t do it without the hydro crew volunteering their time to make it happen. Thank you for continuing to be truly Powerful Partners to our community.”

Many thanks from ENWIN to all those who dedicated their Saturday to this event: Ray Forget, Sean O'Rourke, Chris Peacock, Joe Tonkin, Noah Glos, Eric Symes, Bryce Doan, Brendan Beattie, Jordan Pittman, Jordan Blackmore, Matt Alzner, Devin Forget and our retired Jeff Luxford.