|2/28/2015 - CPWA Selects Town of Whitby, ON for National Public Works Week Award
The Town of Whitby, ON, Public Works Department, has been selected by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) to receive the highest award for their May, 2014 National Public Works Week celebration. The CPWA award marks the second time that the Town of Whitby’s Public Works has received the National Public Works Week (NPWW) recognition. Whitby’s 2014 NPWW celebration competed for the award with other municipalities in the “Medium Centres” category for municipalities that have a population of between 75,001 - 250,000.
This year’s award will be presented by CPWA President, Kealy Dedman, P.Eng., MPA, during the March 9, 2015 Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall in the Council Chambers at 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON, L1N 2M8. Accepting the NPWW award for the Town of Whitby Public Works will be Acting Commissioner of Public Works, Brent Rice, on behalf of the entire department.
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 Canada celebrate National Public Works Week.
“National Public Works Week is one of the best ways to increase public awareness about the importance of public works and their provision of services in our towns and cities,” said CPWA President Dedman. “The Town of Whitby’s Open House provided a forum for the public to learn more about the community enhancements that public works provides and the Career Booth serves as a showcase for the profession. The Town Council’s leadership and support from staff was evident in the planning and execution of their National Public Works Week,” added Dedman.
The Town of Whitby’s 2014 theme for their Public Works Week celebration during May 18-24, 2014 was “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.” Targeted to a wide public audience, the NPWW events were advertised in community newspapers, at recreation facilities, on the town’s website, on local radio and social media, in schools as well as nearby post-secondary institutions. The town invited elementary and secondary school students, and featured a “public works passport” and map to guide students. During the day, younger students participated in hands-on demonstrations that included navigating a sewer on the computer and climbing on vehicles and equipment. Special groups of Brownies, Scouts, and Girl Guides toured the department in the evening.
The “Career Booth” feature was popular with both secondary students and others considering career options and possibilities for retraining. The Public Works staff talked about their jobs and sample job descriptions were posted in an effort to promote a career in public works. The Public Works Department also featured a career video targeting youth positioned to enter the workforce.
Whitby’s Public Works Day was both a public awareness and educational success. The Public Works Department created a Public Works Day 2014 Open House Newsletter with a separate photograph memory album for their event. The photographs in the album were intended to portray the Public Works services, the efforts of the Public Works staff and the engagement of their visitors. A new feature was created this year for the Open House to “Name the Parkette,” an indoor park of landscaping features and benches for people, and engaged visitors to provide names for the future park.
For more information about CPWA/APWA, or the National Public Works Week program, please visit the website at www.cpwa.net, or contact Laura Bynum, Media Relations and Communications Manager, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at 202.218.6736.
The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is an organization of 2,000 public works professionals in Canada active in chapters in each province and members of the American Public Works Association, which has more than 28,500 members in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1986, the Canadian Public Works Association (www.cpwa.net) is the voice of public works in Canada, promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.
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