On June 14, Mayor Frank Scarpitti awarded more than 20 part-time and contract City of Markham staff for their years of service and contributions to the community.

The ceremony, at Markham Civic Centre, recognized the work of part-time and contract employees who have worked for the city from five to 30 years. In addition to family and friends, local councillors and commissioners attended the event to congratulate the award recipients.

City part-time and contract staff work in departments varying from customer service to children’s programming.

Don Roe, recreational programs supervisor, has mentored part-time staff from when they started working while in high school to their post-secondary graduation.

“I have been blessed with some quality people who have worked for me over the years,” he said. “It is always wonderful to watch staff develop into the leaders of tomorrow.”

Matthew Wilks has been working for the recreation department for 10 years. Now 25, Wilks said the mentors he’s had while working for the city have supported him throughout as well as encouraging him to take more responsibility.

“I value the way that this experience has allowed me to meaningfully develop my skills as a professional as well as interact with many people in the community,” he said. “I hope the city continues to invest in working opportunities for youth who may be entering into their first jobs because the opportunities I have received here form a foundational part of who I am today, both as a professional and a member of Markham’s community.”

“We are very proud of our part time and contract employees,” said Scarpitti. “With more than 1,000 years of service combined, our service award recipients play a crucial role in delivering outstanding service to our residents through in-person interaction and through many of the online services we provide. This is our way of thanking them for their years of public service.”

Photo: Mayor Frank Scarpitti, local councillors and commissioners celebrate city staff for their contributions to the community.