A couple of awards were presented to District of Clearwater staff members during the regular council meeting on Aug. 18.
Tammy Rutsatz, accounts receivable and payroll clerk for the DOC, received the Long Service Award for 15 years with the DOC.
“This is my favourite Tammy story,” said Councillor Shelley Sim during the presentation. “I think Tammy has saved more councils in many ways for the fact that she will talk people off the ledge when it comes to tax time and she’s always willing to engage…and be a wonderful ambassador for the council and community.”
A second award was presented to Leslie Groulx, the Chief Administrative Officer for the DOC. After a lot of paperwork and determination, she was presented with a Master Municipal Clerk designation plaque from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks.
“This is actually a fairly rare designation,” said Mayor Merlin Blackwell. “My understanding is there are only nine or 10 people in the province that actually have this, so this is kind of a big deal…thank you for everything you do and for continually improving and trying and just doing such a good job.”
The MMC designation is an advanced professional designation that is recognized wherever the IIMC is recognized globally. To complete the program, the applicant must demonstrate they have actively pursued education and professional activites and contributions.
The applicant must also get support letters from those they have worked with, as well as complete credits in education, professional and social activities.
Groulx will be retiring in spring 2021, and she said this was one thing that she really wanted to complete.
“I guess being a corporate officer was the end game,” she said. “The best part of the whole entire job is working with the people and making a change in your community.”