Leadership with the City of Kenora is recognizing the efforts of councillors and city staff for their hard work and perseverance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with a special commemorative coin.
During a virtual council meeting earlier this month, Chief Administrative Officer for the City, Kyle Attanasio, reflected on the ongoing challenges for staff during the pandemic, and presented councillors with a COVID-19 Challenge Coin that had been distributed to city staff in small teams earlier that day.
Attanasio says the challenge coin is a small token of appreciation that signifies and celebrates the accomplishment of a shared mission, working together to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. He adds honouring staff with the coins is a way for councillors to show their appreciation for a phenomenal job.
“It is my sincere hope that you receive this coin as more than just a thank you or a pat on the back – it is something tangible to remember this moment by,” said Attanasio. “A moment in which you came together with your fellow councillors and staff to achieve something that could only be achieved together through cooperation, adaptation, and resilience.”
Attanasio adds its been a pleasure to join the City of Kenora and work with councillors and staff, since being named Kenora’s new CAO in August. He stepped into his role in October, succeeding the retiring Karen Brown who had served the municipality for over 28 years.
Prior to Attanasio’s moment of recognition, Mayor Dan Reynard noted the pandemic had changed lives of residents across the region, stressing the extraordinary burden on families, businesses and everyone’s mental health.
“This crisis has also demonstrated incredible acts of kindness, compassion and generosity. Community members have worked together to support our local businesses to ensure they are here when this pandemic ends. People have supported others that do not have people to help them with groceries and personal items. People are reaching out to others just to let them know they are not alone," said Reynard.
Reynard finished by reminding community members to keep following public health advice provided by staff with the Northwestern Health Unit. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is asked to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.