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Mississauga Honours Employee Achievements

Feb 24, 2010

In a special ceremony held today in Council, the City of Mississauga honoured over 100 employees for going above and beyond and excelling on projects and initiatives completed in 2009 through the internal Corporate Awards For Excellence program.

"At the City of Mississauga we strive to create a work environment where employee contributions and achievements are recognized and celebrated," said Janice Baker City Manager and CAO. "The Corporate Awards For Excellence program is our opportunity to acknowledge the individuals and teams whose work had a significant impact on the success of our corporation and exemplified our corporate values of trust, quality and excellence. I am proud of the work our employees have accomplished."

The Corporate Awards For Excellence is presented annually, in eight different categories.

The award categories and 2009 recipients are:

1. Customer Service Award: Given to an individual or team who has consistently "gone the extra mile" to earn the respect, support and appreciation of their customers.

Award Recipients:

  • Russell Pooley, Recreation and Parks, Community Services Department
  • Cooksville Branch Library, Library Services, Community Services Department

2. Continuous Improvement Award: Given to an individual and team who have brought about a significant change through their innovation and creativity.

Award Recipients:

  • Nicole Fitz-Henry, Facilities and Property Management, Corporate Services Department
  • Autoprocess Automation Project Team, Information Technology, Corporate Services Department
  • Business Development Team and Customer Service Recreation & Parks, Community Services Department

3. Leadership & Empowerment Award: Given to an individual at any level of the Corporation who through leadership and vision has inspired staff by gaining their commitment, making them feel valued and by building effective teams.

Award Recipient:

  • Susan Burt, Culture Division, Community Services Department

4. Team Effectiveness Award: Given to a team that has successfully achieved superior results through group efforts.

Award Recipients:

  • Accessible Customer Service Core Team, comprised of staff from all departments
  • Vic Johnston Community Centre Redevelopment Team, comprised of staff from various departments

5. Partnership Award: Given to a team who has engaged in a joint project or event, with an external organization, association, service group or level of government where the outcome has demonstrated mutual benefits.

Award Recipients:

  • Jamie Dumas, Recreation and Parks, Community Services Department
  • Sheridan/Mississauga Partnership Group, comprised of staff from all departments

6. Kirk French Spirit Award: This award honours the memory of former employee Kirk French. The Spirit award is meant to recognize individuals who are able to lift the spirits of their co-workers with their positive outlook toward their job and life in general. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies a love of life, adds laughter and vitality to the workplace and enriches the lives of others.

Award Recipient:

  • Alice Benning-Zubek, Human Resources, Corporate Services Department

7. Brenda Sakauye Environment Award: This is a new award being presented this year. It honours the memory of former employee Brenda Sakauye. The award reflects Brenda’s commitment, dedication to and passion for the environment which has helped make the City of Mississauga a leader in environmental initiatives. The award is given to an individual or team who has made an innovative or significant environmental contribution which advanced the City’s Strategic Plan ‘Living Green’ pillar for change.

Award Recipient:

  • Iceland Heat Recovery Team, comprised of staff from various departments

8. City Manager's Award of Excellence: Presented to an individual or team that has demonstrated outstanding qualities of excellence in their work.

Award Recipient:

  • Space Planning Team, comprised of staff from various departments

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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