Few people get to take pride in their town by taking pride in their work, but that is the entire goal of public works. Today is National Public Works Day, the time for us all to acknowledge our diligent public works employees. Mark works in Public Works Maintenance in a town in the southwest of the province, and everyday Mark and his coworkers strive to keep things in their town running smoothly. Marks has many different roles in his position, depending on the time of year. During the winter he maintains streets and sidewalks, removing snow and keeping roadways clear. In the summer, Mark keeps busy with street sweeping, and keeping the town clean. But he must always be ready for any town emergencies that may come his way.

Mark has worked for his town for three years. Armed with his life experiences and hands on informal training, Mark began to work for the town after he was approached by a retiring town worker. They noticed Mark’s hardworking attitude and felt he would be an asset to the town. Mark has enjoyed his time working for the town and is happiest when he gets a smile or a wave from the citizens. He knows that a friendly nod means that the towns people acknowledgement of what he and his coworkers do every day and the difference that they make.  

Through the pandemic it was work as usual for Mark, the town still needed to be maintained regardless of what was going on in the world. There was no time to rest when an emergent situation could happen at any time, and Mark always needed to be available. Protocols were put into place to keep Mark and his coworkers safe, and they always had a good supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Mark feels that any concerns were heard and dealt with appropriately, helping everyone to focus on their work rather than fighting for safety measures. With protocols now lifting, Mark is finally seeing things returning to a state of normalcy.

Mark, you are at the core of your community, and we thank you for all the hard work that you put forward for the citizens. Anyone is your community is lucky to have such a wonderful team of Public Works employees. Make sure you reach out to the Public Works Department of your village, town, or city and thank them for all the work they do.

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