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City of Mississauga Recognizes Outstanding Employee Achievements

Feb 20, 2013

During this morning's meeting of Council, 140 City of Mississauga employees were honoured with internal Corporate Awards for Excellence for outstanding achievements in 2012.

"Each year, the City takes time to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our staff," said Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO. "Their hard work and commitment to excellence contribute to the City’s vision and strategic goals and help Mississauga remain a municipal leader."  

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

The award categories and 2012 recipients are:

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

Award Recipients:

  • Fred Grubic, Parks Person I, Parks and Forestry
  • Maria Torresan, Public Affairs Assistant, Communications
  • Erin Meadows Library Team


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

Award Recipients:

  • Joseph Passley, Mechanic, MiWay
  • Mississauga Fire & Emergency Services Home Safe Home Program Committee


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:

  • Sally Eng, Director, Internal Audit


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

Award Recipients:

  • Collaboration Project, interdepartmental team

5.    Partnership Award: Given to employees who have 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:

  • Sheridan Computer Resource Centre:  A Project of the Sheridan Library and Polycultural Immigrant & Community Services, interdepartmental team


6.    Kirk French Spirit Award: This award honours the memory of former employee Kirk French. 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:

  • Cheryl Elford, Administrative Coordinator, Finance


7.    Brenda Sakauye Environment Award: This award honours the memory of former employee Brenda Sakauye.  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:

  • Woodlands and Natural Areas Team, comprised of staff from Parks and Forestry


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

Award Recipients:

  • Mississauga Cultural Resource Mapping Project Team, interdepartmental team


As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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 "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.


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