September 28, 2022

CPWA Selects City of Pointe-Claire as Winner of National Public Works Week Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO—The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) today announced the City of Pointe-Claire, Québec, as winner of the CPWA 2022 National Public Works Week (NPWW) awards contest. Pointe-Claire’s 2022 NPWW celebration competed for the award with other Canadian municipalities for Most Creative Entry.

The 2022 NPWW award will be presented by CPWA Past President Rylan Wadsworth during Pointe-Claire’s Oct. 4 Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 451 Saint-Jean Boulevard. Accepting the award for Pointe-Claire will be Mayor Tim Thomas and Director of Public Works Erik Rolland.

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 the U.S. and Canada celebrate NPWW with open houses, project and facility tours, parades, education, media events, school visits, and career events. Municipalities also use the week to recognize their staff—the women and men who play such an important role in their community’s quality of life.

“The services, personnel, and infrastructure assets that comprise public works are essential to the vitality of our cities and towns,” said Wadsworth. “National Public Works Week is a great opportunity to educate residents about these important services and assets and to celebrate the public works professionals who do so much to serve their communities.”

All 140 Pointe-Claire public works employees were involved in the city’s celebration of Public Works Week, which attracted over 650 citizens of all ages to the city’s events. At the kick-off event, May 15, Mayor Tim Thomas recognized public works by noting that “these teams are responsible for clearing snow and maintaining our streets, sidewalks, parks and green spaces. They are also responsible for managing our waste and the City’s vehicle fleet, maintaining our water supply system and ensuring the health of our public trees. We are lucky to have a great team and I would like to thank them for their excellent work.”

Throughout the week, public works employees hosted workshops on horticulture, arboriculture, and sustainability, as well as public works as a career. Employees also held demonstrations where citizens could assist in repairing a watermain and created an operational video that showcased the city’s snow removal process, with public works employees breaking down and explaining the process. Videos were also produced demonstrating the steps required to repair a pothole or a watermain break.

“CPWA is honoured to recognize the City of Pointe-Claire’s efforts to celebrate National Public Works Week,” Wadsworth said. “Their creativity and in-depth demonstrations to educate and engage residents showed how critical public works is—not just during National Public Works Week, but all year long.”

About CPWA
The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of the American Public Works Association (APWA) to the Canadian public works community and to improve the quality of public works products and services to Canadian citizens. APWA’s members in Canada, plan, build, operate, maintain and sustain the public works and infrastructure that improve our quality of community life.

Mark Shade
CPWA Government Affairs Media Manager
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