November 21, 2020
The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is pleased to announce the Council of Wellington as a winner of two awards of the organization’s 2019 National Public Works Week (NPWW) Awards Contest. Wellington’s 2019 NPWW celebration competed for the awards with other Canadian municipalities with populations of 10,000 to 29,999, as well as with other Canadian municipalities entering the contest for the first time.
The 2019 NPWW award will be presented by Angela Storey of the CPWA Ontario chapter during Wellington’s October 31, 2019 Council Meeting at 10:00 AM in Council Chambers, 74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON. Accepting the award for Wellington will be Warden Kelly Linton, County Engineer Don Kudo, Roads Committee Chair Andy Lennox and Solid Waste Services Committee Chair Gregg Davidson.
“What an honour to be recognized by the Canadian Public Works Association,” said Warden Linton. “I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of public works professionals at the County and all of our member municipalities. The important work you do is vital to our daily lives.”
National Public Works Week annually recognizes the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. In May of each year, municipalities throughout the U.S. and Canada celebrate NPWW with open houses, project and facility tours, parades, education, media events, school visits, and career events. Municipalities also use the week to recognize their staff – the women and men who play such an important role in their community’s quality of life.
“National Public Works Week is a great way to increase public awareness about the critical role that public works plays in delivering important services to our communities,” said Ms. Storey. “Wellington’s celebration of public works, from the public opening of the County’s newest garage to the open house and tours at the local landfill, the County engaged residents in learning more about the services that public works provides and how central these services are to Canadians.”
After kicking the week off with an Adopt-a-Road Awareness Day where County staff cleaned up two County roads, Wellington hosted staff, County Councillors, Grade 12 students from the local high school and members of the public for tours of the Riverstown Waste Facility. Later in the week, County staff provided information at the County Council meeting about NPWW and the important functions of the Engineering Services Department Roads and Solid Waste Divisions. Wellington wrapped up the week with two events – the Grand Opening of the Drayton Roads Garage, where the public had an opportunity to get an ‘up close’ look at the Roads Division’s heavy equipment, and an in-depth Backyard Composting Workshop to encourage residents to divert organics from the landfill. In addition, the Engineering Services Department hosted a barbeque and fundraiser that raised $1,273 in support of the United Way.
“CPWA is honoured to recognize Wellington’s efforts to celebrate National Public Works Week,” said Storey. “the services, personnel, and infrastructure assets that comprise public works are not always apparent to the public, but they are an essential part of our communities. Wellington’s NPWW activities were an excellent outreach and public relations effort.”
For CPWA information, contact Anne Jackson, Director of Sustainability and Canadian Government Affairs, at: [email protected] or 202.218.6750. For CPWA media queries, contact Charles Arena, Public Affairs Manager at: [email protected] or 202.218.6736.
About CPWA: The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of the American Public Works Association (APWA) to the Canadian public works community and to improve the quality of public works products and services to Canadian citizens. CPWA’s more than 2,250 members in Canada, plan, build, operate, maintain and sustain the public works and infrastructure that improve our quality of community life.