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Oct 1 2020

Knitting for newborns: How Catherine Potter makes a difference

Posted by TC Energy

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At TC Energy, giving is in our DNA. Our workforce is always on the hunt for new ways to make a difference in the communities where they live and work in ways that they are passionate about, and we are proud to support them in their endeavours. 

Catherine Potter, a member of the Canadian natural gas pipelines team, is an avid knitter and has dedicated her time to create unique dolls, octopuses, and hats for children in need. Over the last year, Catherine has sent dozens of her creations to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and NICU Family Care. 

“We all need help at different times in our lives, especially when it comes to helping children in need,” says Catherine.   

It really does take a village to raise a child, and so it’s important for me to help where I can in that process, even if it’s as simple as making a hat for a baby being transported via ambulance. If I can provide families with a small sense of comfort during a difficult time like that, I’m happy.” 

TC Energy’s workforce giving and volunteering program, Empower, supports and encourages our people to give back to their communities in ways that resonate with them personally by providing rewards to those who volunteer and matching donations to registered charitiesThrough Empower, in 2019, our workforce helped to contribute C$3.1 million in funding to 4,680 deserving causes across North America.  

Catherine is drawn to and has a personal connection with these charities because she had a niece who was born premature. “When I saw the Octopus for a Preemie Program, it immediately seemed like a good fit. I remember what my sister-in-law went through and all the challenges related to that trying time. I have personally witnessed how these gifts can impact families who are struggling and what it means to them to receive something homemade while knowing that someone is thinking of them.” 

Through her dedication and passion, Catherine has logged over 460 volunteer hours in Empower within the last year.  


I think it’s amazing that TC Energy has the resources to reimburse those who volunteer because it showcases how time adds value within our communities. It also motivates everyone within the organization to give back”

Catherine Potter
TC Energy, Drafting Coordinator, Canadian Natural Gas Pipelines


More information: 

This article is part of TC Energy’s fall giving campaignGet Empowered!, happening from Sept. 28 – Oct. 9. This year’s theme, Power of One, exemplifies how one person can make a difference in their community. Catherine is one of many employees that bring the Power of One to life through her generosity and kindness. 

During Get Empowered! the rewards for participating are doubled, allowing the impact to go even farther.  Check out how TC Energy gives back to the communities where we live and work.