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Health Care Heroes Series: Fisher Powerline

Through their ongoing and generous support of the Northern Lights Health Foundation, Fisher Powerline Construction Ltd. advocates for a strong, healthy community.

In 2005, Fisher Powerline was founded by husband and wife duo, Roger and Shyerene Fisher. Fisher is an aboriginal-owned company based in the Wood Buffalo Region, which offers construction and maintenance services for both overhead and underground distribution and transmission systems.

Fisher Powerline also works with substations, utilizing both hot and cold line work methods at various voltages. Fisher is known for giving back to the community at every opportunity and has generously contributed over $192,900 in support to the Health Foundation since 2010.

We recently caught up with Sarah Brown, the Human Resources/Labour Relations Manager with Fisher, where she shared with us about Fisher’s community involvement and why they choose to support health care in our region.

Q: Sarah, can you tell me a bit about your background?
Sarah: I’ve been in the HR field for over 12 years. I was with my last employer for about seven years, where I was the Executive Director of HR. I decided it was time for a change and to work closer into town since I have a young son at home.

I started with Fisher in the beginning of 2014. I liked that the company was smaller and that they needed assistance in getting some HR-related programs and policies up and running.

Q: What does a ‘day in the life of’ look like at Fisher Powerline?
Sarah: I’m a department of one so I’m very hands on, not only dealing with human resources but also labour relations. The majority of our workforce is union-based through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, also known as IBEW. I’m mostly working on establishing solid structures, policies and procedures, while managing all other facets of HR.

Q: What are the most rewarding parts of your job with Fisher Powerline?
Sarah: I like that Fisher doesn’t put you into a box. They allow you to be creative. They trust you to do what you’re hired to do. They’re very respectful and they understand the importance of having a work-life balance. They’re very family-oriented. We also work in a very positive work environment, which makes you want to come to work every day.

Q: How long have you resided in the Wood Buffalo region and what inspired you to call Fort McMurray home?
Sarah: I’m originally from Newfoundland, but I consider Fort McMurray my home. I’ve been here for almost 15 years. My spouse was actually born and raised here.

Q: Aside from the Northern Lights Health Foundation, what organizations and causes is Fisher Powerline currently involved with and what inspires your team to give so much of your time and talent back into the community?
Sarah: Aside from the Health Foundation, Fisher has sponsored many of the local minor hockey league teams and really anything that’s a worthy cause. There’s not much that comes in that Fisher would not sponsor something for. Roger and Shyerene are very generous and they’re all about Fisher contributing to the local community. This also includes going to local vendors for many of our business needs.

Q: The Health Foundation turned 30 years old this year. Why does Fisher Powerline feel it’s important to support health care in our community?
Sarah: It’s important to support health care because we want great health care here in our community and not to have to travel long distances to Edmonton or Calgary, to receive health care services. We, at Fisher, experience firsthand the return on investing in health care. It’s resulted in improved services, programs and staffing which positively impact our community.
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Shyerene Fisher of Fisher Powerline. 

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Roger Fisher of Fisher Powerline. 

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Sarah Brown, Human Resources/Labour Relations Manager with Fisher Powerline. 

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