16 Kawartha Lakes staff receives Green Belt certification
“The 16 staff recognized today have done a great job in completing the required training as well as completing a minimum of three Green Belt projects in their respective departments,” explained Sara Beukeboom, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Initiative Management Deployment Leader.
Over the course of their projects, the certified Green Belts completed a variety of departmental projects resulting in more than $153,000 in hard dollar savings, with an additional $17,000 in cost avoidance and more than $36,000 in future years savings.
“This is a tremendous achievement for these staff and for our organization,” said Ms. Beukeboom. “Cost avoidance is critical as those are funds that would need to be spent if the projects weren’t undertaken, so those funds are monies the City will never need to budget for in the future.”
Ms. Beukeboom added future years’ savings are an ongoing benefit to the City which could be in the form of annual revenue increases or annual expenses reductions.
“Future years savings are ongoing, so the short term benefit may be less significant while the overall benefit over the longer term is tremendous,” she said.
Among those receiving their Green Belt certifications Tuesday were Carolyn Daynes, Jolene Ramsay, Christi Norris, Lee Anna Thornbury, Susanne Murchison, Wendy Ellis, Derek Brown, Todd Bryant, Judy Rice, Kari Kleven, Liana Patterson, Angela Vickery, Kelly Maloney, Jenn Johnson, David Kerr and Donna Jokinen.
“As our business model continues to change it is exceedingly important to recognize the tools and passion our employees bring to their jobs to help find efficiencies, create capacity and improve processes,” said CAO Mark Fisher.
Lean Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement and seeks to improve the quality of process outputs. It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization who are experts in the methods.
Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified value targets, for example: reduce process cycle time, reduce pollution, reduce costs and increase customer satisfaction.
“As the City undertakes a Core Service Review of operations and services, the efforts of our staff and the Initiative Management tools and experience they bring will be invaluable to helping the City position itself well for the future,” said Mayor Andy Letham.
“It is great to see the enthusiasm our employees bring to initiative management and I am certainly looking forward to seeing our newest Green Belts utilize their expertise and passion for continuous improvement as new projects and improvements come forward,” added Mr. Fisher.
City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham, left, and CAO Mark Fisher, right, join employees from across the organization that are the first to receive their Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
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