PWABC Q1 2021 – President’s Message


Greetings PWABC members and friends!   I hope this quarterly update finds you, your families, and your public works organizations and colleagues doing well as we all continue to work and live through the changes and challenges associated with COVID-19.  It has now officially been a year since the official declaration of the global pandemic, and like all of you reading this message, the Public Works Association of British Columbia has definitely had to change and adapt in order to survive. But that said, brighter days appear to be coming on the horizon for all of us, and I’m sure that we are also looking forward to putting COVID in the rear view mirror.  On this note, please know that our Chapter (thanks to the support of the CPWA), submitted a letter of vaccination priority request for essential public works professionals to the Honourable Premier of British Columbia – Mr. John Horgan, Minister of Health – Mr. Adrian Dix, and the Provincial Health Officer – Dr. Bonnie Henry on January 8th, 2021.  Although the initial response was not favourable to most of our industry, our Chapter hopes that this will be reconsidered over the coming weeks as the Province’s vaccination plans continue.   But what can you look forward to now?  How about our 3rd Annual Joint Conference with the BC Municipal Safety Association!  The PWABC is super happy and excited to be partnering with this great safety Association once again, and we look to all of you to join in on this virtual event.  If you have a great project or topic that you’d like to feature in a presentation at this year’s virtual conference, please make your application on our website at today!  The 2021 conference will run over the course of October 5th and 6th, and both Associations are really excited for you to join us!!!  Alternatively, maybe you are a vendor or supplier hoping to connect with our anticipated delegate count of approximately 250?  Again, keep your eye on our website as sponsorship and tradeshow partner opportunities will be announced in the early part of April and we’d love to welcome back our past partners and look forward to the opportunity of making relationships with new partners.   Although the details aren’t fully ironed out, the PWABC is on the verge of adding some great training opportunities to our website for later in 2021.  Once again, head to our website at for those details when they get posted.  Another thing that you may want to do while on the PWABC website is to post your job openings!   I’d also like to take this opportunity to recognize our Chapter’s 2020 Annual Awards Winners, so in no particular order, please join our Board in congratulating the following winners:

  • Dedicated Service Award: Angela Mowatt, Clerk Dispatcher, City of Nanaimo
  • Women’s Ambassador Award: Pat Miller, Retired, Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
  • Outstanding Public Works Employee Award, Ritchie “The Water Guy” Fulla, City of Nanaimo
  • Project of the Year Award, Gilbert to Number 3 Road South Dike Upgrade Project, City of Richmond
  • Manager of the Year Award, John Elliot, City of Nanaimo

  Before closing, I’d like to send out a big thank you to all of our 2021 Board members who include:  Meryl Ditchburn-Heinz (President-Elect & Delegate, City of Nanaimo), Taryn Scollard (Secretary, City of Vancouver), Scott Lamont (Past-President & Treasurer, City of Rossland), Pat Miller (Board Member & Acting Executive Director), Brian Carter (Board Member, City of Burnaby), Alex Christensen (Board Member, WSP), David Best (Board Member, City of Penticton), Larry Ford (Board Member, City of Richmond), Michelle Heinz (Board Member, City of Victoria), Matt Brown (Board Member, City of Surrey), and Lisa Gulbicki (Board Member, City of Vancouver).  All of these fine folks are doing an excellent volunteer role on behalf of all of our membership and their organizations, thanks to you all!  And on that note, we are always looking for help, so if you have some volunteer capacity and a passion for public works, please drop us an email at to let us know your thoughts and ideas on how you’d like to contribute!   PS: As a special bonus offer to our membership, please see the attached information from Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre!   Thank you, Chris Anderson, AScT, CPWP-M PWABC 2021 President 778-797-8842 Corporate Rate 10% Off – Public Works Association of BC