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For Immediate Release:
April 20, 2005

Student Safety Program Recognized For Innovation

Region of Peel Operations and Maintenance staff with the Innovative Management Award from the Ontario Good Roads Association
From left: Paul Manente, Sean Lonergan, Heather Potvin-Hook, Louis Zidar and Mark Crawford

(Brampton) - The Region of Peel's Public Works Operations and Maintenance staff were recently recognized by the Ontario Good Roads Association for their "One-Stop Student Training" initiative. As part of the association's Annual Best Practice Competition, Peel won an Innovation Management Award for their new student training program.

Each year the Public Works department offers students employment opportunities to fill a wide range of diverse job functions both inside and outside the office.

"We take our responsibility of providing training and skill development for students very seriously," says Commissioner of Public Works Mitch Zamojc, P. Eng. "Even though students are typically only with us for a short employment period, we want to make certain that their employment is safe and satisfying."

The new one-stop-training philosophy adopted by Regional staff ensures formalized, standard coverage of key information and responsibilities. Ensuring each student receives the full scope of skills required is vital to support a safe and productive work environment.

"This training program ensures all students receive the knowledge they need for proper equipment operation, work procedure and a safe working environment - and management can maximize the efficiency of staff resources," said Zamojc.

The Ontario Good Roads Association's Annual Best Practice Competition is open to all Ontario municipal transportation agencies. Peel's program was selected as a winner because of its innovative use of educational content and comprehensive training manual and for its promotion of health and safety awareness in the workplace.

Ric Robertshaw, P. Eng.
Director, Operations and Maintenance
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4193

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



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