Terri-Jane Yuzda

The Committee Side
Of Volunteering

BY Tara Madden
Public Relations Coordinator

When you think of volunteering for APEGGA, it could well be our successful Outreach program that first comes to mind. But there's another type of volunteering, one that's key to APEGGA's self-regulatory function.
More than 300 volunteers work behind the scenes every year at APEGGA on various committees, boards and task forces. Steve Hrynew, P.Eng., is one of those dedicated volunteers. He has served on the Edmonton District Meetings Committee, the University of Alberta Student Liaison Committee and the Ballot Counting Committee, and as a professional exams invigilator.
After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in electrical engineering, Steve joined AGT (now TELUS) in 1958 and remained there until his retirement in 1993.

Why did you join APEGGA?
In 1960 when I joined, anyone who wanted to work at AGT as an engineer had to be a member of APEGGA, but joining was something I wanted to do on my own. At the time I was also a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Why did you decide to volunteer with APEGGA?
AGT management, in particular Jim Barnes, P.Eng., Bob Taylor, P.Eng., and Dennis Brooks, P.Eng., P.Geoph., were very supportive of staff becoming involved in the community. Their example made is easier for us to fall into the trap of volunteering.

What value do you receive from being an APEGGA volunteer?
Volunteering is a way to share my work experiences and expertise with my associates. I get a feeling of satisfaction working with APEGGA staff on a volunteer basis. Over the years, APEGGA has provided excellent service to its membership. I have been able to use these services to keep communications channels open with the engineering fraternity.

What are your other hobbies and interest?
I maintain a hobby farm in the St. Michael area. It is the farm that I was born and raised on, and I still use my father's old open-air equipment. As an active member of the Edmonton Antique Car Club, I own and operate a 1926 MacLaughlin Buick. I also take pride in having been the editor of our district history book, Pride in Progress, for the Alberta Rose Historical Society.

Have you received an award or special recognition that is important to you?
For several years I have worked as an invigilator for the professional practice exams. When one of the candidates successfully completes the exam and earns the right to practice, we all feel successful.

Do you have a dream project, one that you have worked on or would have liked to be involved with?
I felt we were leading in the introduction of the digital phone, but I didn't really get in on being a pioneer. However, telemetering was something we did that not many other companies got involved in. I worked for one of my supervisors, Dr. Lansing Lee, in a division called corporate policies. He used to write papers for the Teletraffic Congress, of course he wrote in English, but thought in Chinese. I had to take his papers and condense them into two pages. I had a tough time because I didn't always understand his traffic theory. That was a very interesting job, because you had to interface with engineers all over the world to coordinate these papers.

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