The City of Charlottetown wishes to congratulate and welcome its newest Building Inspector and Sustainability Officer. Karyn Brown and Ramona Doyle recently started new jobs in the Capital City and already their work is impressing Royalty.
Ms. Brown studied Architectural Technology at the Holland College, Prince of Wales campus. Upon graduation, she worked full-time, casual as a Plan Reviewer with the City and is now a Building Inspector. Last week, she was invited to speak with His Royal Highness, Prince Charles about her experiences in the Holland College program and her new position in the Charlottetown Planning and Heritage Department.
Mrs. Doyle previously worked in the Water and Sewer Utility as Projects Officer and Water Conservation Program Coordinator. Her exceptional work in that department lead her to the Sustainability Officer position, which she accepted in April. Mrs. Doyle holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from the University of Victoria, B.C.
"We have incredible staff members and we don’t always get a chance to highlight the great work that they are doing," said Mayor Clifford Lee. "We’re proud of our City employees for not only their day-to-day efforts to keep City operations running smoothly, but also for all that they do outside of City Hall to represent and improve our community. Karyn Brown and Ramona Doyle are great examples of that. They are passionate about their work and are deserving of the recognition they got during the Royal Visit to Charlottetown. We are lucky to have such employees working for the City of Charlottetown."
During her time at Holland College, Ms. Brown had the unique opportunity to participate in the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment program. It was an exchange between four schools: Holland College in PEI; Nova Scotia Community College in Nova Scotia; Hanze University in the Netherlands; and the Institute of Technology in Ireland.
In the spring of 2012, she was one of five students selected from the program to travel to Carlow, Ireland for three weeks to study at the Institute of Technology. While there, she researched Passivhaus Standards and made recommendations for a energy efficient retrofit to a social housing complex. Passivhaus Standards have been shown to cut energy costs by 85% and reduce CO2 emissions by 65 per cent.
She was able to discuss some of this with Prince Charles.
"His Royal Highness, I am told, has a great interest in architecture and how energy efficiency is being incorporated into the built environment," Ms. Brown said. "During his visit to the Prince of Wales campus, I was fortunate to be able to speak with him about my schooling, my experiences and my new job with the City of Charlottetown. His Royal Highness was extremely friendly, and it was an honour to get to meet and converse with him. It was one of the highlights of my career to date and I look forward to creating other lasting memories like this one as I continue to build on my career."
Mrs. Doyle has been working with the City since 2010 on water conservation, wellfield protection and community awareness. In 2012, she won the national Fresh Ideas Award and was invited to represent the Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association at the American Water Works Association’s annual conference and exposition in Denver, Colorado.
She was introduced to Prince Charles because of her extensive experience on conservation and sustainability projects.
"It was very interesting to meet His Royal Highness," said Mrs. Doyle. "I spent some time researching him before I met him and he has been an important leader in sustainability internationally. One of his projects, "The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project" (http://www.accountingforsustainability.org/) works with management executives and government leaders to embed social and environmental considerations in financial decision-making. The tour was a good fit with his background and it was an honour to be included in the group of professionals and students who got to meet him."
Photo cutline: City of Charlottetown Building Inspector Karyn Brown, right, converses with His Royal Highness Prince Charles at his recent visit to Holland College in Charlottetown. Ms. Brown spoke about her experiences in the Architectural Technology and Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment programs, as well as her new job with the City. She was one of several people, including City staff members, who got introduced to Prince Charles during his visit to the Capital City.
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