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Why not nominate your best employee?
Consider nominating him or her for the JETCC Founders Award in honor of Jerome “Frenchie” Guevremont. The JETCC Founders Award is given annually to an operator, maintenance worker or laboratory personnel working in a municipal or industrial wastewater treatment system in Maine.
The JETCC Founders Award is intended to recognize a staff member working in a plant or wastewater system.
Basic criteria includes:
Nominations can be made by any superintendent, trustee or member of a governing board/management staff providing oversight to a wastewater system in Maine.
For more detail or to request a nomination form please contact:
JETCC Board of Directors
P.O. Box 487
An Awards Nomination committee will be established by the JETCC Board of Directors to review and rank all submittals. The recipient will be presented the JETCC Founders Award at the MEWEA Fall Convention by a JETCC representative.
On Thursday, September 18th, Kirby Pinkham, Senior Operator at Greater Augusta Utility District (GAUD) was presented with the Founders Award from the Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee (JETCC). The award was given during the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) Fall Convention at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
Mr. Pinkham has worked for GAUD for twenty six years and among other things in that time, he has dealt with a major flood and an oil tanker roll-over close the wastewater treatment facility. The roll-over sent thousands of gallons of oil to the plant. In both instances Kirby worked tirelessly with other staff to protect equipment so the plant could be brought back on line in a timely manner. During the oil spill not one drop of oil was allowed to reach the Kennebec River. The plant clean-up was massive but the river was protected.
Kirby holds a Maine Grade 5 license in Wastewater treatment. He is a member of Maine Water Environment Association and also of the Water Environment Federation (WEF).
In the words of Jane Carroll of the Greater Augusta Utility District, “Kirby is one of those rare staff members who not only have the respect of co-workers but also the respect of his supervisors. His dedication to the District and concern for the environment are infections. He raises his coworkers to new levels with his enthusiasm…Every supervisor in the state deserves a Kirby. I’m lucky enough to already have one.”