PWABC Q2 2021 – President’s Message

Hello to all PWABC members and friends,

What a difference a few months can make, as we all shift into summer service delivery, activities, and (most importantly) some well deserved vacation time.  Covid is really starting to feel like it’s finally in our rear view mirror thanks to the dedication and commitment of everyone who has been following all local, Provincial, and Federal Covid guidelines and for doing your part by getting you and your families vaccinated.  On behalf of the PWABC Board, I would like to extend a huge thank you to British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and her entire support team for all of their work on a well planned and executed re-opening plan for our Province.  Further to this, I would also like to thank all of the Public Works Professionals across British Columbia who also did your part for your communities that you have the privilege to work and play in.  Public works kept many critical Covid-friendly places and spaces opened safely for public enjoyment during very difficult circumstances.  Of course, and as always, thousands of Public Works Professionals kept the water running, roads cleaned, sidewalks open, parks accessible and toilets flushing.  Your dedication to the industry and the communities we all serve, during what was one of the most challenging times of many of our careers, was truly amazing.  Well done!!!

We all like something to look forward to!  Have you registered or sponsored our 3rd Annual Joint (Virtual) Conference with the British Columbia Municipal Safety Authority yet?  As of early July, we are already at 35% sold out for the October 5th and 6th virtual event.  Our Technical Agenda Committee has put together an excellent array of topics that are sure to catch your interest, and combined with the stream sourced out by the BCMSA, we have yet another can’t miss conference opportunity!  Head to our website today at www.pwabc.ca to learn more!!  Another training opportunity that we are very proud to bring back to our membership and guests is the Winter Maintenance Operator’s Certificate program AND the Winter Maintenance Supervisor’s Certificate program.  Again, head to our website now for details and registration.

Lastly, now is also the time to start thinking about your nominations for the PWABC’s annual Public Works Industry Awards.  Our Awards Committee is very excited for this year’s review process, and we strongly encourage you to consider an application today!  Head to www.pwabc.ca for more details.

At this time, and on behalf of our Executive and Board of Directors, I would like to take a moment to recognize the heartbreaking discoveries in British Columbia and other parts of Canada as a result of the Residential School System.  The PWABC mourns with families and community members who have been impacted by the trauma of these horrific institutions.  As public works professionals in British Columbia we work closely with indigenous communities on a daily basis and the PWABC is proud to have many indigenous individuals as members of our Chapter.  The PWABC looks toward healing, education, and reconciliation in our Province and across the Country as an ongoing outcome from these shocking discoveries.

If you want to learn more about what Public Works can offer you or volunteer opportunities, visit our website at www.pwabc.ca or email executivedirector@pwabc.ca.

Thank you,

Chris Anderson, AScT, CPWP-M

PWABC 2021 President