An employee of the City of Weyburn received a prestigious award at the SUMA convention in Regina this week. George Kerr was presented with the Meritorious Service Award honouring his service with the City of Weyburn for nearly five decades. 

"This well-deserved award celebrates George's outstanding career success, unwavering commitment, and impactful involvement to the City of Weyburn over his last 47 years of service with the city," explained Renee Cugnet, the municipal engineer for the City. 

Kerr started in 1977 as the groundskeeper at Hillcrest Cemetery. He then moved into a labourer position, and then into an operator position in the public works department. His duties ranged from operating the street sweeper and flusher truck to the grader, excavator and landfill packer. He then moved on to the sub-foreperson role in 2009 and is currently leading the operation of the sewage lift stations and traffic light maintenance within the utilities department. 

In addition to his work with the City of Weyburn, Kerr has been a longtime volunteer with the Richardson Pioneer Weyburn Red Wings and has also been a member of the Weyburn Fire Brigade as a volunteer for the last 40 years. 

"His incredible wealth of knowledge that he's earned over the years in his career is an irreplaceable asset to the City of Weyburn's Public Works Department," Cugnet added. "I'm honoured to be able to work closely with him, and I'm grateful for all the history and knowledge that he's shared with me over the years."