Two weeks ago, a strong windstorm blew its way through Windsor and our campus here at King’s-Edgehill. While its gusts didn’t cause much visible damage, its effects were quickly felt as power on campus and in the surrounding communities was knocked out. Although our buses were cancelled and a cold breakfast had to be offered, most things on campus continued as normal.
At about 3:00 am that morning, while most of our students and staff were still asleep, our School electrician, Brian Matheson, began his day. For the rest of the day, Brian hurried from one area of campus to the next running extension cords and replacing breakers in an effort to restore power. While this acute weather event kept him busy, Brian can be found working on one project or another here on campus everyday.
A red-seal electrician and self-described “fixer”, Brian has been working here for many years, first with his father and then later as the School’s full-time electrician. Brian reminisced about one of his first electrical apprenticeship jobs in 1983 which was to rewire the old gymnasium (what is now our Fountain Performing Arts Centre). From those early days until now, Brian has contributed countless hours developing and reinforcing our campus’ electric grid and ensuring students and staff have what they need to live, learn, and play. After leaving the School and province to work in Western Canada for four years, Brian was happy to be able to return to the campus he knows so well.
Despite his long tenure, Brian says he still enjoys coming to work everyday and loves how everyday presents him with something new to tackle. His easy-going demeanour and the pride he takes in his work make him an invaluable member of our campus community.