Emcon Services Inc. has won this year’s Deputy Minister’s Community Service Award of Excellence, for their contributions to improve the well-being of the communities they serve.
“Every day, we see the outstanding work our contractors do to keep our roads and highways safe and reliable throughout the province,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “What we often don’t see are the contributions they make in our communities as well, and Emcon’s recognition for this years’ Community Service Award is well-deserved.”
The award recognizes the outstanding contribution the road-building industry provides to communities by volunteering labour and equipment for community projects and events, and supporting local organizations.
In Revelstoke, Emcon volunteered its services to build a new parking lot to provide hikers and mountain-bikers safe access to the Mount Cartier trailhead. In Quesnel, the local rodeo was under threat of being cancelled because the ground of the arena was saturated due to heavy rain, making it unsafe for competitors and the livestock. Twenty-four hours before the scheduled opening of the rodeo, Emcon arrived with equipment and truckloads of material, removing the unsafe mud and replacing it with clean, safe ground cover.
Also in Quesnel, Emcom donated equipment, labour and material to help build a riding arena for the Equine Assisted Mindfulness Program, which helps veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder transition back into civilian life. Emcon and other community members chipped in to build the arena, helping veterans access this important program.
Emcon Services Inc. is based in Merritt and comprises a group of companies that specialize in highway maintenance, paving, bridge construction and equipment hauling. The Community Service Award of Excellence was presented to Emcon at the Deputy Minister’s Contractor of the Year Award ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2 in Victoria, hosted by the B.C. Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association.
The awards recognize construction and maintenance companies demonstrating excellence in the categories of grading, paving, bridges and structures, safety innovation, and highway maintenance work throughout the province. The Community Service Award was added this year.
Information including videos and photographs of the award winners and finalists can be viewed at: www.gov.bc.ca/celebratingexcellencetransportation
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