In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Georgia Energy distributed a information launch with reflections from Aixa del Valle, an engineer at Plant McDonough close to Smyrna. Del Valle grew up in Puerto Rico, and presently lives in Marietta.
For Aixa del Valle, Hispanic Heritage Month is greater than a celebration of her tradition and neighborhood. It’s a reminder of Puerto Rico, the island that’s greater than 1,500 miles away from Atlanta the place she now calls dwelling.
For the primary 25 years of her life, del Valle grew up on the Caribbean island along with her household, graduating from the College of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez with a level in Chemical Engineering. In 2010, she had the chance to go to graduate college with a scholarship on the College of South Carolina.
“I took the chance with out hesitance,” stated del Valle. “For a lot of Puerto Ricans, it’s an enormous step to maneuver away, however trying again and simply going for it was a terrific choice for me.”
This Hispanic Heritage Month, del Valle is reflecting on her tradition and looking out ahead to going again dwelling to Puerto Rico this vacation season for the primary time in almost three years.
Household is a precedence for del Valle and being away from her mother and father for the reason that earthquakes rocked within the island in 2019 and the pandemic that adopted in 2020 has been troublesome.
“The pandemic and the prior earthquakes and hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico have completely affected companies and the folks,” she stated. “The island depends on tourism and it was down for fairly a while and continues to be coming again.”
When Hurricane Maria toppled the small island in 2017 as a class 5 storm, the island suffered a horrific humanitarian disaster and broken no less than 80% of their power grid.
Georgia Energy was among the many mainland U.S. utilities that offered mutual help to the Puerto Rico Electrical Energy Authority (PREPA) following the storm, sending lots of of staff to help the restoration efforts for weeks on finish.
“Three months after the hurricane hit, my father was texting me photos of Georgia Energy line vans of their neighborhood. It touched my coronary heart as a result of I by no means thought that one thing like this might occur and seeing the corporate that I work for serving to my household was so touching.”
Del Valle joined Georgia Energy in 2014 as a plant engineer – first at Plant Scherer close to Macon and now at Plant McDonough in Cobb County. Actively concerned within the firm and her neighborhood, she is the president of AMIGOS, the Hispanic and Latino worker useful resource group.
“Georgia Energy has so many packages that assist our Latino and Hispanic staff and helps them work by way of obstacles to achieve success at work and of their communities,” she stated. “AMIGOS is a secure area the place we may help one another out.”
This Hispanic Heritage Month, the ERG is internet hosting a number of worker occasions and celebrating their tradition and the neighborhood in Georgia.
“It’s a vibrant, energetic tradition and we’re devoted to transferring our neighborhood ahead and making change potential. We’re actually the liaison between Georgia Energy and the Hispanic and Latino neighborhood throughout the state.”
Aixa del Valle is a senior engineer at Georgia Energy’s Plant McDonough in Cobb County. She presently lives in Marietta.