September 20, 2013
Kamloops, B.C. - On September 17th, 2013, the City of Kamloops received the Public Works Week - Community Celebration Award during the Public Works Association of BC Annual Conference and Trade Show.
This award recognizes a municipality or region that uses Public Works Week to educate and inform the public about the essential role that public works plays in the quality of community life as well as promoting the choice of public works as a career. Criteria for award selection included categories such as public outreach, education, creativity and staff involvement.
The City of Kamloops has approximately 200 staff providing public works services, who strive to ensure that infrastructure, facilities, and services that are vital to health, safety, and the well-being of the residents of Kamloops are maintained. On May 25th, 2013, the City of Kamloops celebrated National Public Works Week by holding its third Open House at the Public Works Centre.
The Open House was a free event for residents with a variety of activities and demonstrations, which drew over 500 people of all ages. With collaboration from Kamloops Fire Rescue, Kamloops RCMP, Volunteer Auxiliaries, management and CUPE staff, the event included activities such as demonstration of the chipper truck, building of birdhouses, rides in a lift truck, a hanging basket demonstration, water meter displays and many other machinery demonstrations. Information booths provided tips for the home and garden, environmental sustainability information, and a better understanding of how the City operates. A free barbeque with refreshments was offered to allow residents to spend the day at the Public Works Centre.
The City of Kamloops was also a runner-up for the National Award.
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Kristen Meersman, Streets and Capital Projects Manager
City of Kamloops