Ponoka Secondary Campus custodian Robert Campbell has been honoured for his dedication to students.
Campbell is a finalist for the Tennant Company, “Custodians Are Key” program.
The program launched on Sept. 15 and nominations closed in November.
Twelve finalists were selected across North America. The winner will receive a $5,000 prize, while the school will earn $10,000. Campbell is the only Canadian so far to make the finals.
“I was extremely shocked, but excited for this opportunity,” said Campbell. “I enjoy work and especially enjoy working with staff that make it feel like family.”
Campbell has worked at Ponoka Secondary for the past 15 years and the school administration said his work is vital to keeping the school running smoothly.
“There is nothing more vital to keep a school operational than the duties of our hardworking custodians,” said principal Kathy McTaggart.
“Often the work of custodians is overlooked and simply expected but I do think we would notice very quickly if our custodians all of the sudden stopped doing their jobs. They are truly part of the grease that keeps the machine running.”
McTaggart added Campbell brings a positive attitude to work every day, making the school a more welcoming place for everyone.
“We are honored to have such a hard working employee like (Robert) at PSC. We appreciate his reliability and positive personality around here,” she said.
“It makes a workplace a great place to be when you have positive people working in it and (Robert) always has a kind word for everyone.”
Campbell explained he’s honoured to receive the recognition.
“I would be very surprised to win, but it’s kind of nice that people recognize all the work over the years,” he said. “I think it’s great to recognize custodians as our hard work is often unnoticed with everything else going on.”