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Celebrating Public Works Week - Phil Hoyle

posted on May 24 2018

Finally, we celebrate Phil Hoyle. As Public Works Manager, he is the face of the department and has many responsibilities. 

Phil has been working for the Town for five years after moving from a few different places!

Phil originally lived in Wetaskiwin where he then worked construction. He thinks of himself as somewhat of a “vagabond.” Phil lived in Edmonton, Calgary, High Level and a few spots in Saskatchewan before he went back to school for a Waste Water course.

After taking the course, Phil had a job in Drumheller when he happened to see an advertisement for a job in Blackfalds. He ventured to Blackfalds to talk to the Foreman who ended up hiring Phil, on the spot, on the Friday morning.

“So, there I was - with two different jobs. I was supposed to start on Monday [in Drumheller] and it was Friday. I liked the Drumheller job better as they had some interesting water and sewer treatment processes, but my girlfriend was living in Lacombe. I went for a long ski Friday afternoon and decided to take the Blackfalds job.”

We consider ourselves very fortunate that Phil chose to take the job in our growing Town. We couldn’t do many things without him and his help.

Phil said his favourite part of his job is the variety.

“Every day is a different day with a new challenge and something different going on.”

If you’re ever on the Trans Canada Trail, there’s a good chance you’ll see Phil riding his bike, as he does so every single day.

“I am a semi competitive cyclist and try to ride as often as I can. I also like canoeing, especially an overnight canoe trip on the Red Deer River with the kids. In the winter I get to the Abbey Centre as often as I can, it is an amazing facility.”

The most difficult aspect of Phil’s job, to him, is staying in the office. He explained that he would much rather be working outside and see a physical accomplishment at the end of the day. But, despite staying inside, Phil said that he has never been bored since he started with the Town.

“If someone does not have something to do they are not looking very hard. I don’t think I have been bored a single day since I started working here.”

Thank you, Phil, for being such an incredible person to work with and for being such a hard worker.