Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Region of Queens Municipality (RQM) celebrated staff milestones during Years of Service presentations at the regular meeting of council December 22.
Awards are presented each year in December to staff as they achieve five-year milestone increments.
This year, 20 employees were recognized for five, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years of service, representing 265 years of employment.
"Council is proud to recognize these milestones in the careers of staff, and celebrate the skills, commitment and high level of customer service they provide to the Municipality," said Mayor Darlene Norman in a news release. "Region of Queens Municipality has a workforce who takes great pride in what they do, and show their commitment to public service. All of these employees are positive ambassadors of council and the Region of Queens, and are much appreciated and respected by council and the residents of the region," she added.
Those who have reached five years of employment include Steve Kennedy, John Nickerson and Christine Watson. Ten-year milestones were reached by Samantha Frail, Rachel Joudrey, KayLee Oickle, James Rhyno, Eugene Wamboldt, Phillip Whynot and Larry D. Whynot.
Those with 15 years of employment are Tracy Baker, Melvin Carver, Jeff Cunningham, Fred Murphy, Steve Parnell and Randy Rapp. David Henderson, Scott LeBlanc and Paulette Smith were recognized for 20 years of work. Jane Lawson celebrated 30 years with the municipality and the Town of Liverpool.
The operations and services provided by the Region of Queens include departments of Planning, Recreation and Healthy Communities, Finance, Economic Development, and Engineering and Public Works, as well as parks and playgrounds, Queens Place Emera Centre, the municipal landfill and recycling facility, water treatment facility, sewage treatment facility and the Hillsview Acres Residential Care Facility.