Premier Recognizes Excellence in Public Service

Premier Stephen McNeil honoured 12 public servants today, June 7, with the most prestigious award a government employee can receive.

The Premier’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional efforts of public servants who deliver high-quality programs and services to Nova Scotia families, communities and businesses. Premier McNeil presented awards to two teams and one individual.

“Today we celebrate and thank several outstanding employees who are doing great things,” said Premier McNeil. “I am impressed by the excellent work being done every day by public servants and it is an honour to present this award to employees who are making a difference in our province.”

This year’s recipients are:
— The Nova Scotia Trunked Mobile Radio 2, Project Implementation Team from the Department of Internal Services. This team completed a state-of-the-art mobile radio communications platform for all police, fire, Emergency Health Services, ground search and rescue, municipal Emergency Management Office units, 14 provincial departments, and the RCMP. Team members are Todd Brown, Marion Pye, Tom Conrad, Suzan MacLean, Scott Hawkes, Matthew Boyle and Paul Maynard.
— The Integrated Resource Management Team, western region, Department of Natural Resources. This team modernized the province’s approach to the approval of forestry harvesting on Crown land. The team members are Daniel Swim, Donald Sam, Duncan Bayne and Quentin Jackman.
— Marjorie Davison from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Ms. Davison played a major role in creating the first system of apprentice mobility in Canada. Her innovative thinking and leadership have meant that young tradespeople can gain the experience they need to advance their careers.

Award winners reflect government’s commitment to public service excellence and continuous improvement, while demonstrating the courage to step into new territory to achieve their goals. They are selected by a panel of deputy ministers.

“Every day I see, first-hand, the tremendous work that our public servants do. They take pride in their work and help make our province great,” said Public Service Commission Minister Labi Kousoulis. “Each year, there are public servants who go above and beyond. They exceed expectations and do something truly exceptional.”

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