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Moncton Receives National Public Works Week Award for Events Program

February 4, 2013

MONCTON – The City of Moncton was recently selected to receive the “Small Centre” National Public Works Week (NPWW) award by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) for their May 2012 events program. Each year, CPWA encourages and recognizes outstanding public awareness campaigns and celebrations of National Public Works Week. These events are held in May throughout Canada in municipalities of all sizes who hold tours of public facilities, present public works demonstrations, hold school events, career fairs, equipment exhibitions, and other public events to increase public awareness of the benefits that public works bring to their quality of life. The NPWW award was presented to Moncton’s Director of Public Works, Don Morehouse, by the CPWA National Public Works Week Representative, Jacques LeBlanc, Director of Public Works and Engineering of the City of Dieppe, at the February 4, 2013, City of Moncton Council Meeting.

 “The employees of the City of Moncton’s Public Works department are always eager to participate in the National Public Works Week’s activities,” said Don Morehouse, City of Moncton’s Director of Public Works. “It’s an honour to be recognized by our peers on a national level.”

This year, Moncton educated many school children about public works and its influence on the quality of life in the community. Within a three-day period, over 700 school children, from both the Anglophone and Francophone school districts, participated in the program and had the opportunity to climb on equipment and visit interactive displays.

There was also a high level of involvement by the Moncton Public Works staff, as a large majority of employees were involved. This year, the program also contributed to four different charities in the city, including the Boys and Girls Club, and the Food Bank. Moncton recognized staff with an Employee Appreciation Breakfast, in which management plays the chef, and city councilors volunteer as breakfast servers. The breakfast kicks off four days of educational events that are then followed by an end of the week NPWW Barbeque and employee games.

“It is a real testament to the events, educational outreach and the quality of programs involved in Moncton’s National Public Works Public Awareness campaign that they were chosen as the winner of the “Small Centre” community category,” said Jacques LeBlanc, CPWA National Public Works Week Representative. “The City’s public works has done an outstanding job of hosting an exceptional week of activities, and have highlighted the key role of public works in community life. The Employee Appreciation Breakfast and employee appreciation are also a great part of Moncton’s program,” LeBlanc added.

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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Media Contact:

Mélanie Cécyre
Corporate Communications
City of Moncton