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For Immediate Release:
January 17, 2003

Commissioner of Public Works Named 2002 Public Works Leader of the Year

(Brampton) - Mitch Zamojc, Commissioner of Public Works for the Region of Peel, was named 2002 Public Works Leader of the Year by the Ontario Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). In recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to public service, Mitch received his award yesterday at the APWA Awards Luncheon.

"A strong belief in innovation and a commitment to customer service are the cornerstones of Mitch's professional achievement," said Roger Maloney, Chief Administrative Officer, the Region of Peel. "He has provided vision and exceptional leadership in both public works management and service delivery for over 25 years."

Commissioner of Public Works for the Region over the past six years, Zamojc achievements have included streamlining processes that have led to the highly effective delivery of water, wastewater, roads and solid waste management programs.

"I'm honoured to be receiving this award," said Zamojc. "It's exciting to see that the challenges and opportunities my team and I work towards are recognized by our peers. This award is really a recognition of the dedication and passion of the men and women who make up the Public Works Department."

As Commissioner of Public Works, Zamojc oversees an annual operating budget of $177 million and an annual capital budget of $135 million. He is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of water distribution, wastewater collection, the arterial road systems, as well as the waste management program.

Regional Chair Emil Kolb (left) along with Chief Administrative Officer Roger Maloney (right) congratulates Mitch Zamojc (centre) on being named 2002 Public Works Leader of the Year.

"Mitch's ability to think outside-the-box and his hard working persistence to continually look for ways to add value to the community is what defines his professionalism," said Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "He repeatedly finds ways to make improvements to his portfolio resulting in a more cost effective delivery of services."

Zamojc has worked with the Region of Peel since July 1980. Prior to joining Peel, Zamojc worked with Kilborn Engineering in the Town of Stoney Creek. A graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Zamojc is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the American Public Works Association, the American Water Works Association, the Municipal Engineers Association and the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Zamojc is the first recipient of this prestigious award, established by the Chapter in 2001.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel and services offered you can call 905-791-7800 or visit our web site at www.region.peel.on.ca

Anne DeCraemer
Public Affairs Associate - Public Works
Communication Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4842

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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