Hello, fellow Public Works Association of BC Members,

The Board of the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) is calling out to all members to support our Chapter by attending the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November the 24th at 12:00 pm.  The meeting will be held virtually, and we are excited to see as much of our membership as possible.  Get an update regarding the PWABC’s conferences, training and education, marketing and social media, awards, membership and more.

Please save the date to your calendar now! We look forward to seeing you on the 24th!!!   The Meeting is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm, but we have opened up the meeting early, so give members a chance to say hi and have your name recorded & membership confirmed.

The meeting will be open until 2:30 pm, however, we don’t expect the meeting to run that long, but we need to allow for extra time if needed.

If you would like to attend, please register by emailing our Acting Executive Director at executivedirector@pwabc.ca

Hello again PWABC Members and friends!

Hard to believe that we are already through Q3 of 2021, where has the year gone!!??

At the time of writing this, we just finished our 3rd Joint Annual (virtual) Conference with the British Columbia Municipal Safety Association!  I hope that many of you had the chance to take part in the virtual conference, and that you found the platform and educational streams both interesting and engaging!

I’d like to take this opportunity to send a sincere thank you to the BCMSA, especially Christine Zielke, for her and all of her organization’s time and effort in putting together a great virtual experience for both of our Associations.  I’d also like to recognize both Len Robson of the City of Penticton, and Kyle vanVeen of the City of Coquitlam for supporting our Chapter in sorting through and building a great line up of relevant and interesting public works sessions.  Great job to everyone involved!

Did you get the chance to participate in our recent Winter Maintenance Operator or Winter Maintenance Supervisor certificate program?  If so, we’d love to hear your feedback!  So drop us a line today at executivedirector@pwabc.ca and tell us what you thought of the on-line certificate program.  If you missed it, don’t worry, we are already working on plans to offer these programs once again in 2022.  Head over to our website today at www.pwabc.ca to learn more about some of our other upcoming training opportunities as well!

Did you see our recent Expression of Interest?  Well, it’s the time of the year where we are starting to look towards 2022 and the composition of our Board.  The Public Works Association of British Columbia is looking for new members to join our board for a two year term beginning in January of 2022.  With a few terms that will be expiring at the end of 2021 we are looking for dedicated public works professionals with a passion for the industry, that have some volunteer capacity, to submit their expression of interest (ie: covering letter and resume) to executivedirector@pwabc.ca by October 31st, 2021 for review and consideration by our Board Member Selection Committee.

Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to remind everybody about the PWABC’s Annual Awards.  Now is the time to get your nominations in!  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 and make sure to get your nominations submitted on or before November 15th!

Thank you,

Chris Anderson, AScT, CPWP-M

PWABC 2021 President

Help shape B.C.’s new guidelines

 The B.C. Ministry of Health is looking for your comments on two new draft guidelines:

  • The draft Emergency Response and Contingency Plan Guideline
  • The draft Water User Communication Guideline

 These guidelines will help water suppliers continue to communicate effectively with water users and protect public health in the event of a drinking water emergency.

 Please go to EOCP to review and provide comments to the Ministry of Health on the draft guidelines. The draft guidelines have been developed following consultation with industry stakeholders. This opportunity to comment is open until October 20, 2021.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest:

Join a fun and enthusiastic team working to build on the successes of the past and capitalize on new opportunities to bring value to our membership!

The Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) is looking for new members to join the board for two year terms beginning in January of 2022.

We are interested in individuals currently working in all positions within public works in the Province of BC.  Board positions are a two year term with meetings occuring once a month (virtually) and volunteer options for contributing to other areas of interest.

Things we are excited about:

  • Winter Maintenance Operator Certificate Workshop (Sept)
  • Joint virtual conference with BCMSA (Oct)
  • Annual General Meeting (Nov)
  • Awards program (Dec)
  • International Woman’s day – ½ day program and networking (March)
  • Expanding our virtual workshop/courses offerings
  • Transitioning our Chapter to post-Covid realities
  • Refresh our Emerging Leaders programing and networking
  • Maturing our media content
  • Strengthening our relationship with APWA and other stakeholders such as Asset Management BC
  • Updating bylaws and procedures

Check out our website for more information. https://pwabc.ca/ [pwabc.ca]

Please submit your expression of interest (ie: resume and covering letter) to executivedirector@pwabc.ca by October 31st 2021 for review and consideration by our Board Member Selection Committee.

 

 

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

Are you a public works professional in British Columbia? Are you interested in the possibility of future Board vacancies? Why not put your name forward now for one of our available volunteer opportunities as a way to test the waters with our volunteer Board?
 
The PWABC Board is looking for interested Chapter members to join our team. We are looking for volunteers to join our committees and help shape the future of the Association. There are opportunities to participate on the following committees:
 
– Education
– Finance
– Social Media
– Conference
– Emerging Leaders
 
If you are interested in joining any of these committees or volunteering in a different capacity, please contact the PWABC at executivedirector@pwabc.ca today!!!
 
 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there haven’t been any updates regarding the Emerging Leaders.

Please check back again.

PWABC

 

 

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 www.pwabc.ca 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 www.pwabc.ca 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 executivedirector@pwabc.ca 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

 

PWABC Members and Friends:

 

COVID-19

 

Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation as COVID-19 is not only impacting our local communities in the Province of British Columbia but this pandemic also has far reaching national and international implications. During this time, it is important to put your safety, your family’s safety and your coworker’s safety at the forefront of your daily routine and planning.

 

As we experience Federal, Provincial, and Local polices being engaged on what feels like an hourly basis, to public amenities and facilities closing down, it is Public Works that will continue to provide essential services for the foreseeable future. What is an essential service? The basic assumption of safe water distribution and fire protection, sanitary collections and treatment, ensuring our roadways are open and safe and our drainage system is maintained. But I would like to add that another important service we as Public Works professionals can provide is a sense of normality. Depending on the direction of isolation,  in times of uncertainty such as the pandemic situation we are facing now, it is imperative that we ensure that the public services we safely provide will continue to take place. Solid waste management, sweeping programs, keeping our open spaced parks and trails open. As indoor public spaces continue to close their doors, these plus other amenities can help our communities maintain a sense of normality as we fight against the challenge at hand.

 

While this challenge needs to be approached from upmost safety precautions, there is an urgent need for Public Works to take a proactive role in crisis response and to offer their expertise on improving physical conditions and thereby creating dignified living conditions and the feeling of normality for people seeking sanctuary in an unfamiliar environment.

 

This may be the time to evaluate the depth in your work force. Did you cross train departmentally? How is your successional training? It is not too late. Start thinking about what you may do with a depleting crew. Time to take action is now. You are not alone. Reach out to your colleagues for assistance, mentorship or guidance. Reach out to your neighboring community if you need resources such as operators.

 

Again, safety to you and your family first. Continue to take precautions with your staff.  Continue to practice social distancing. Continue good hygiene. Flatten the Curve.

 

 

Many thanks,

 

Scott Lamont
President

 

Public Works Association of BC (PWABC)

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