Willis Award for Innovation Nomination
Population Between 20,001 and 100,000
The Redeployment Program
District of Squamish
On March 16th 2020, in response to COVID-19 directives and recommendations from the federal and provincial governments, the District closed facilities and offered a number of municipal services online or by phone. As a result of the closures, many staff members in Recreation were unable to perform their regular work duties. However, the District remained committed to maintaining its staff levels and quickly assessed available staff skills within the department and identified opportunities for staff redeployment both internally and externally to community organizations in need.
The District officially implemented the Redeployment Program during the week of March 23, and it continued successfully until October 2020. Redeployed staff met the critical needs that arose in the community during the pandemic, and also found new ways to perform District functions. There was almost full redeployment of permanent recreation staff resources; approx. 30 staff redeployed across four community not-for-profit organizations and over six internal District departments. Better at Home, Sea to Sky Community Services, Squamish Food Bank, and Squamish Helping Hands Society all responded gratefully to the opportunity to welcome redeployed District staff.
To view the entire award submission (in French), visit the CAMA Member's Section/Awards of Excellence Best Practices (Search for Squamish.)