District of Squamish selected for CPWA National Public Works Week Award

The District of Squamish has received an award from the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) as part of the organization’s 2018 National Public Works Week (NPWW) Awards Contest. The District of Squamish’s 2018 NPWW celebration competed for the award with other Canadian municipalities with populations of 10,000 to 29,999.

Public Works award

L to R: Ashifa Dhanani, BC Chapter American Public Works Association, Suzanne Virgint, Iain Larkin, Caroline Waters, Mayor Patricia Heintzman, Bob Smith and Ben Kineshanko, District of Squamish Public Works

The 2018 NPWW award will be presented by Ashifa Dhanani, Executive Director of the British Columbia Chapter of the American Public Works Association, during Squamish’s October 16, 2018 Council Meeting at 6 p.m. in Municipal Hall, 37955 2nd Avenue, Squamish B.C. Accepting the award for Squamish will be Director of Public Works Bob Smith and Public Works Coordinator Caroline Waters.

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 one of the best ways to increase public awareness about the crucial role of public works in the provision of services to our cities and towns,” said Ms. Dhanani. “Squamish’s celebration of public works, from the equipment rodeo to the tours of the wastewater treatment plant, provided opportunities for the public to learn more about the services that public works provides and how important these services are to our community.”

In addition to Mayor Patricia Heintzman’s public proclamation declaring May 20 – 26, 2018, National Public Works Week, Squamish’s eighth annual “Public Works Day” included educational displays on heavy equipment, water distribution systems, fleet maintenance, water conservation, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), GIS mapping systems, fire hydrant maintenance, wastewater collection and treatment, horticulture, and trails and sidewalk maintenance.

More than 250 Grade 4 elementary students and their teachers and parents visited the public works yard to learn about the District's wastewater management system and to get an ‘up close’ look at the heavy equipment fleet. One parent said it was “hands down the absolute best field trip I have ever been on.”

The NPWW Awards Contest evaluators also credited Squamish for its focus on public works as a career choice through participation in Career Fairs at Quest University and a presentation to high school environmental science and CAPP class students at Howe Sound Secondary School.

“CPWA is honoured to recognize the District of Squamish’s efforts to make National Public Works Week a success,” said Dhanani. “Public works services, personnel, and our infrastructure assets are essential to our communities but do not always enjoy a high level of public awareness. The high caliber of Squamish’s activities goes a long way to providing that awareness.”

October 09, 2018

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