Water­ton team hon­oured with Pub­lic Ser­vice Award

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Al­berta -

123 ex­cep­tional pub­lic ser­vants were pre­sented with the Pub­lic Ser­vice Award of Ex­cel­lence in recog­ni­tion of their work in the fed­eral pub­lic ser­vice, in a cer­e­mony held at the Sir John A. Macdon­ald Build­ing.

Michael Wer­nick, Clerk of the Privy Coun­cil and Sec­re­tary to the Cab­i­net, was on hand to present the win­ners with their medals.

Dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, 23 awards were pre­sented to in­di­vid­u­als and teams in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: Ex­cel­lence in Pro­fes­sion; Ex­cep­tional Young Pub­lic Ser­vants; Ex­em­plary Con­tri­bu­tion un­der Ex­traor­di­nary Cir­cum­stances; The Joan Atkin­son Award for Pub­lic Sec­tor Val­ues in the Work­place and Out­stand­ing Ca­reer.

One of the win­ners was the Parks Canada and Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry Kenow Fire Fire­fight­ing Team.

This award honours staff of Parks Canada and Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry for their ex­em­plary col­lab­o­ra­tion in man­ag­ing the Kenow wild­fire in 2017.

With the fire threat­en­ing pub­lic safety and prop­erty in Water­ton Lakes Na­tional Park, the team was as­sem­bled un­der uni­fied com­mand, the park was closed, and vis­i­tors and res­i­dents were evac­u­ated.

As the fire spread across the park and onto ad­ja­cent pro­vin­cial lands, the team worked tire­lessly to pro­tect the Water­ton town­site and the park's Prince of Wales Ho­tel, which would oth­er­wise have been lost. The team demon­strated pro­fes­sion­al­ism, skill and courage in dan­ger­ous and un­cer­tain con­di­tions.

Parks Canada

• Sarah Chisholm – Parks Canada;

• Jed Cochrane – Parks Canada;

• Stephen C. Cor­nelsen – Parks Canada;

• Natalie Fay – Parks Canada;

• Kevin Fer­rie – Parks Canada;

• Joseph Fon­toura – Parks Canada;

• Hélène Gen­est – Parks Canada;

• Vic­tor Kafka – Parks Canada;

• Jonathan Large – Parks Canada;

• Den­nis Mad­sen – Parks Canada;

• Rick Moore – Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry;

• Scott Mur­phy – Parks Canada;

• Dar­ren Quinn – Parks Canada;

• John Stoesser – Parks Canada;

• Ifan Thomas – Parks Canada;

• Nom­i­nated by Sal­man Rasheed, As­so­ci­ate Direc­tor, Nat­u­ral Re­source Con­ser­va­tion, Parks Canada.

Ev­ery day, pub­lic ser­vants across the Gov­ern­ment of Canada are tak­ing ini­tia­tive, be­ing in­no­va­tive, and work­ing to de­liver re­sults for Cana­di­ans. The re­cip­i­ents of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Award of Ex­cel­lence rep­re­sent some of the best and bright­est pub­lic ser­vants, all of whom play an important role in help­ing the gov­ern­ment to of­fer bet­ter and more ef­fi­cient pro­grams and services.

"It is my priv­i­lege and hon­our to ac­knowl­edge the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of this year's re­cip­i­ents of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Award of Ex­cel­lence. Ev­ery day, ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vants work hard to achieve re­sults for Cana­di­ans. This award rec­og­nizes some of the ac­com­plish­ments that help make the Pub­lic Ser­vice of Canada a strong, proud in­sti­tu­tion that is ad­mired around the world," ex­plained Michael Wer­nick, Clerk of the Privy Coun­cil and Sec­re­tary to the Cab­i­net.

Quick Facts

• A to­tal of 123 re­cip­i­ents were rec­og­nized for their work in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas, which in­cludes tackling wild­fires in Al­berta and Bri­tish Columbia; us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to match busi­nesses with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment pro­grams and services; re­duc­ing the threat of highly toxic sub­stances to bor­der of­fi­cers; and im­prov­ing trade out­reach and ad­vo­cacy.

• The com­plete list of award re­cip­i­ents, as well as the pro­files of re­cip­i­ents from the pre­vi­ous two years, are avail­able on the Pub­lic Ser­vice Award of Ex­cel­lence web page.

• Re­cip­i­ents are pre­sented with a medal and a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter signed by the Clerk. The award is non­mon­e­tary and may be given to an in­di­vid­ual or a team.

• Re­cip­i­ents are rec­om­mended by a com­mit­tee through nom­i­na­tions sub­mit­ted from across the pub­lic ser­vice, us­ing es­tab­lished cri­te­ria for each cat­e­gory.

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