A total of 229 government employees and 32 non-government employees were honoured for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Manitobans and formally recognized by their colleagues at the 11th annual Manitoba Service Excellence Awards event held today at the Winnipeg Convention Centre as part of National Public Service Week.
“Providing services to Manitobans for the greater good of society can be highly complex and detailed work, but it’s important to how our communities operate and how we work together,” said Science, Technology, Energy and Mines Minister Jim Rondeau. “Our award recipients are examples of how civil servants persevere each day with a work ethic that inspires their colleagues and fellow employees who join me today in expressing their appreciation.”
The first annual celebration in 1999 honoured 120 people nominated in five categories: leadership, innovation, service excellence individual and team, and community service. This year, there were 30 nominations in seven categories representing 261 people.
This year’s award recipients are:
– Community Service Award – Hollis Singh, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg.
– Innovation Award – Manitoba Air Services, Fire Suppression Simulation Training Program: Norm Dalman, Ken Giesbrecht, Terry Halliday, Eric Malofsky, Perla Menard, Ron Mighton, Trevor Pischke and Jim Regula, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, Winnipeg.
– Leadership Award – The Reverend Colin Peterson, Manitoba Justice, Winnipeg.
– Service Excellence Individual Award – Cateland Penner, Manitoba Civil Service Commission, Winnipeg.
– Service Excellence Team Award – Registration and Client Services: Robyn Asimakopoulos, Irene Beischer, Eric Chartrand, Karen Denner, Paulette Dufault, Cindy Friend, Carolyn Gerbinski, Emaline Jackson, Terry Jaworski, Marilyn Lackman, Pat Lamoureux, Deborah Leclaire, Ashley Lemoine, Colleen Minsky-Heggie, Heather Parsons, Brenda Portillo, Paula Prysiazniuk, Tracy Quail, Caroline Rempel, Doris Renz-Brezeno, Rose Ribrina, Gerry Richard, Lisa Street, Cindy Taylor, Irene Trudeau, Yves Vandal, Lise Vielfaure and Margaret Wilshire, Manitoba Health and Healthy Living, Winnipeg.
– Partnership Award – CentrePort Canada Team: Alissa Brandt, Don Callis, Nestor Dudych, Riva Harrison, Sean Hogan and James Kilgour, Manitoba Competitiveness, Training and Trade; Dean Henrickson and Cam McCullough, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport; Rick Dykes, Richard Groen, Colleen Kachulak and David Morley, Manitoba Finance; Amar Chadha, Richard Danis, Lucille McLaughlin and John Spacek, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation; Jacqueline East and Claudette Toupin, Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs; Jake Harms, Mary McGunigal and Valerie Perry, Manitoba Justice; Jim Carr, Business Council of Manitoba; Ron Koslowsky, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters; Glen Laubenstein, City of Winnipeg; Graham Starmer, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce; Darlene Dziewit, Manitoba Federation of Labour; Chris Lorenc, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association; Bob Dolyniuk, Manitoba Trucking Association; Alice Bourgouin, Rural Municipality of Rosser; Robert Ziegler, United Food and Commercial Workers; Tim Hibbard and Marilyn Kapitany, Western Economic Diversification Canada; Bob Silver, Western Glove Works; Barry Rempel, Winnipeg Airports Authority; and David Angus, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce;
– Premier’s Career Achievement Award – Helen J. Taupe, Family Services and Housing, Winnipeg.
The Manitoba Service Excellence Awards 2009 Committee expressed its gratitude for the participation and support of its champions, judges and sponsors: Service Transformation Manitoba, the Manitoba Civil Service Commission, Organization and Staff Development, and the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union.
“Today we thank these individuals for their dedication, drive and creativity,” said Rondeau. “They are making a difference every day by improving government service to Manitobans and by contributing to their community.”
Established through Service Quality Partners in 1998 and presented for the first time the following year, the Manitoba Service Excellence Awards recognize the hard work, dedication and outstanding efforts of Manitoba government employees. Recipients are nominated by co-workers in recognition of their outstanding contributions as government workers and community volunteers.