Long service award recipients with members of Council
On April 17 after the Regular Council meeting, Madawaska Valley Township honoured eleven employees and volunteer firefighters for their long service to the community. In welcoming everyone to the ceremony, Mayor Kim Love said,
The most important resource any organization has is its employees and its volunteers. While Council is responsible for setting policy, we depend on your skills and expertise to bring our vision to light and make it all work.
In reviewing the need for teamwork during the spring floods and staff shortages of 2017, she said,
Successfully meeting these challenges requires the kind of dedication, loyalty and commitment to service excellence that we are recognizing here this evening. On behalf of Council, I’d like to thank our honourees and express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for making Madawaska Valley a fantastic place to live, work and play.
5 years service awards went to Truck Drivers/Equipment Operators Ronald (Ronnie) Stamplecoskie and Delmar Recoskie; and to Volunteer Firefighters Monika Sawiak and Joshua (Josh) Hasler.
Jamie Harron, Volunteer Firefighter, received an award for 15 years service.
James (Jimmy) O’Malley, Fire Captain, received a 25 years service award.
30 years service awards went to Janice Brisson Zelney, Taxation, Water & Wastewater Administrator, and to Garry Chapeskie, Volunteer Firefighter.
Also given awards but not present were Ralph Parisien, Fire Captain, 10 years service; Clayton Pecarski, Grader Operator, 25 years service; and Brenda Sabatine, Treasurer/Deputy-Clerk, 30 years service.
In her address at the Regular Council meeting preceding the awards ceremony, Mayor Love had announced Sabatine’s retirement, saying,
Council wishes Ms. Sabatine all the best in her retirement and we thank her for her many years of service to the Township and her community.