On Thursday, June 15, 2017 several City of Fernie employees were recognized with long service awards by Mayor and Councilors of the city.

The presentations were held at the City yards during lunch hour as staff and union members take a turn each year hosting the occasion by cooking up the burgers and hot dogs. This year it was great to see our Fire Chief Ted Ruiter donning an apron with the capable assistance of CAO Norm McInnis, Director of Leisure Services Lloyd Smith and Public Superintendent Dustin Haeusler.

This small event is a good way for workers from all departments to get together in order to recognize and acknowledge fellow employees that not only have been with the City for many years but also for their excellent service to our community.

I was pleased to present ten year awards to Amber Christenson, Derek Cimolini, Suzanne Garand, Frank Gimard, and Bruce Nelson.
The 15 year award went to Justine Holder, Brendan Morgan and Bruce Westhaver. 20 year awards were passed out to Nicole Friesen, Wayne Gowanlock, Adam McNaughton, and Carole Peterson.

Wayne Hornquist receives a 25 year pin and earlier this year a 35 year pin was given to Director of Public Works Dave Cockwell.

Terry Nelson had nearly 26 years with the City before he retired just a few weeks ago. Congratulations everyone. Your dedication and hard work is noted and very much appreciated. Congratulations Terry on your retirement. We extend best wishes for a long and happy retirement doing all of the wonderful things that you didn’t have time for before and thank you for your decades of dedicated volunteer work with trail building, something I am sure will continue.

I would like to take this opportunity to also acknowledge someone that isn’t an employee but a contractor who has many years of service providing the gorgeous flowers we enjoy on our streets every year. Thank you Pam McSkimming for your talents and care in the floral beauty you provide to residents and visitors. Thank you all for your years of excellent contribution to our town.

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