|Elbow Park during flood recovery|
Three of those employees are front-line staff from Waste & Recycling Services: Chris Kostyniuk, Jason Davis and Jolen DiGirolamo. They moved thousands of kilograms of flood waste off our streets- helping to keep Calgarians healthy and our streets clean and safe.
|Jason Davis Waste & Recycling Services|
|Jolen Digirolamo, Waste & Recycling Services|
Jolen Digirolamo collected flood waste, working 16-hour shifts for six straight days. “The public was awesome,” he recalls. “When I pulled up in Stanley Park they were congratulating me. They hadn’t seen a garbage truck in days. I had a swarm of people rush the truck because they were so happy.” Jolen takes away positive memories, saying “it felt great seeing how a city helps each other in a disaster. It was awesome to see Calgary come together.”
The flood directly impacted Chris Kostyniuk, as some of his family was heavily hit; but his job as a City employee was front and centre. “It was not only a privilege but a duty to help out the people of this city we serve,” he says. “If it ever happens again (**Knocks on wood**) I will be there to help. This is our city. This is my privilege.”
Going forward, each of the 1300+ nominees will receive a letter and certificate from the Government of Alberta; the Province will pick the top 100 and the top 100 heroes of the flood will be announced in the summer.
For more info, check out a complete list of the nominees and a PDF poster of all the nominees.