Region recognizes employee contributions

Waterloo Region – Recipients of the Region’s Employee Awards for Values Excellence were recognized at Regional Council for their outstanding contributions to the community. These employees exemplify the Region’s values of service, integrity, respect, innovation and collaboration that guide how the Region works with citizens, customers, colleagues and community partners.

• Frank Stolch for Service

• Jacob Westlake Service

• Melissa Clark for Service

• Eric Catteau for Service

• John Foertsch, Kathryn Hughes, Lisa Barker and Peter Phillips for Respect

• Michelle Palmer-Novakovic for Integrity

• Housing Collaborative Initiative (Alba Michelucci, Gwen McAlister, Jennifer Murdoch, Linda Cole, Lisa Buitenhuis, Michelle Palmer-Novakovic, Sherry White and Tina Lumgair) for Collaboration

• HBHC, ICDP and SNAP Integrated Intake Planning/Working Group (Barbara Cardow, Bonnie Holmes, Brad Berg, Deborah Azim Fleming, Janet McCreary, Michelle Mundy, Monica Mann, Sharon Michael, Stephanie Ferguson, Teresa Fisher and Tonya Lavallee) for Collaboration

• Bob Theisz for Innovation

• TEDxRegionfWaterloo Working Group (Arlene McDonald, Carl Nattrass, Charlotte Woodley, Colleen Sargeant, Fiona Ellison, Harvey Armoogan, Ian Duggan, Janice Herbison, Kathleen Barsoum, Keren Adderley, Keri Solomon, Kevin Fox, Lorie Fioze, Melanie Garbarz, Patrick Fisher, Susan Cameron, Terri Plummer and Veronica Naas) for Innovation

“Regional Council encourages, supports and expects high standards from its employees because our community deserves no less,” said Regional Chair Ken Seiling. “The award recipients personify the Region’s values and express them in their day-to-day work and interactions with citizens and co-workers. We are proud of them.”

Ten awards were presented to individuals and groups who were celebrated for demonstrating the Region’s values in their work. Examples of their significant contributions ranged from supporting social assistance recipients to open bank accounts to a bus operator who consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty. Other recipients were recognized for streamlining the intake process for people who access infant and special needs services, improving programming for Community Housing tenants, making road construction projects easier on citizens, and showing kindness and compassion to a family in need.

“I was pleased to see almost 200 employees nominated for exceptional work that demonstrates our values in action,” said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer. “Our staff take pride in the fact that the Region makes a positive difference every day and provides great value to the community. It’s what motivates all of us.”

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