City foreman wins top award

A city foreman with two decades under her hard hat is the recipient of the Bob Stollings Memorial Award.

A city foreman with two decades under her hard hat is the recipient of the Bob Stollings Memorial Award.

Kathy Charles, a signage foreman with Public Works Department, received the prestigious award at the city’s Employee Recognition Awards banquet in Red Deer on Friday.

A total of 120 city employees were recognized for their years of service. The highest award is the memorial award named after Robert E. Stollings, who worked at the city from 1960 to 1984.

The award is handed out each year to a city employee who has displayed outstanding civic performance and has modeled Red Deer’s cornerstone values of respect, integrity, service and excellence.

Charles began her career at the city as a meters and signs labourer.

Charles’ coworkers described her as approachable, caring, a model employee and always willing to help. City staff described Charles’ greatest strength as her ability to lead by example, demonstrating patience, commitment, understanding and respect.

Charles has worked at the city for 20 years.