The City of Red Deer is recognizing city employees, John Galbraith, Tamara Greba, and Leigh-Ann Martin with the Bob Stollings Memorial Award.  

The award is given to city employees who display outstanding performance in alignment with the city’s respect, integrity, service, and excellence (RISE) cornerstone values. 

Award nominations are submitted by city staff, detailing employee’s achievements professionally and interpersonally.  

“This year, three extraordinary employees stood out as more than deserving of this recognition. Each one of these exceptional individuals goes above and beyond, exceeding the bar set for our Bob Stollings award recipients, which is why this year, we are celebrating three invaluable employees,” said Tara Lodewyk, City Manager.   

Galbraith is a welder with the city, and he ensures all city machinery and equipment is working properly and in the most cost-efficient way.  

Projects he has worked on include fixing playground equipment, cracked snowplows, buses, trucks, and snowblowers, to fabricating goal posts, Ross Street Patio lights, ergonomic worktables, and tandem brine tanks.   

Galbraith was described by his nominators as hardworking honest, helpful, respectful, and attentive to detail. He embodies the RISE principles daily, and his focus on customer service and honouring his commitments earns him the respect and admiration of his coworkers across the organization.   

Greba, the Recreation Facilities Supervisors, recent involvement with the G.H. Dawe Community Centre Expansion showcased her commitment to service and excellence for the community.   

During the project, she modelled strong leadership skills while demonstrating her ability to think strategically while managing many small details at the same time.  

Greba is known for her investment in people, her integrity, her professionalism, and her smile. She believes safety must be intentional, and she invests heavily in contributing to a safe work environment.   

Martin, the GIS Supervisor, has a profound knowledge of geographic information systems, and a specialized skillset making her irreplaceable. She has worked to migrate the city’s mapping information into a new GIS system in 2022 and 2023. 

Martin’s nominators recognized her for her honesty, trustworthiness, and reliability. She treats everyone with kindness and respect and is also a strong ambassador to the community for diversity and inclusion.   

“We are incredibly excited to honour these three exceptional individuals with this award,” Lodewyk said. “Their unwavering commitment to modelling our cornerstone values makes them truly deserving recipients of this year’s Bob Stollings Memorial Award.”