The City Manager’s Award of Distinction ceremony was held at the Shaw Center on Friday June 16th. This award recognizes and celebrates the exceptional contribution, dedication and exemplary service of our employees and is the highest distinction one can receive through the Employee Recognition Program.
Recognition is one of the most effective ways to reinforce an organization’s culture, support its objectives and retain its top performers. Employees who know they are appreciated create an energy that is invaluable to any organization. The result is an energized workforce and high performance teams.
It was my office’s pleasure to nominate Rebecca Anderson, Program and Project Management Officer in the Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department, for an award recognizing her efforts when she took on the task of the street renaming project for Stittsville as a part of the street name review that was taking place across the City.
Despite being a very difficult project and encountering resistance from the community, Rebecca sought out innovative and creative solutions to address initial concerns and create support for the project.
Rebecca worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including community residents, businesses and City councillors to develop a process that encouraged people to provide their input into making decisions.
Her dedication to the project far surpassed the requirements of the City and the end result was overwhelming support from the community. Rebecca demonstrated care and compassion as well as a community-focused mindset in her approach. She successfully demonstrated the importance of community engagement.
Rebecca collaborated with staff in other departments to develop solutions for this project and undertook a significant leadership role during the project. She exemplifies how to work collectively for the benefit of our residents.
The City of Ottawa is committed to recognizing and honouring employees such as Rebecca who contribute to the success of the organization.
Congratulations to all employees who were nominated and awarded for their commitment and dedication.