January 21, 2021
Welcome to 2021. As we continue to pursue water quality through many avenues such as the Legislature, collaborating with other associations and agencies, and continued professional training, I want to take a few moments of your time and talk to you not only as the 2021 MEWEA President, but also as a United States Army Infantry Veteran. This is a subject very near and dear to my heart, the hiring of veterans. Often these young men and women come back to the civilian world unsure of which direction their lives are going to take, or what opportunities are available to them. These are motivated individuals with a desire and ability to excel at everything they do. The training and experiences they obtain cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, creating uniquely skilled and mission focused individuals imbued with the ideals of honor, courage and commitment.
Remember that they once wrote a blank check for an amount up to and including their own lives should the need arise. I know of no more loyal a commitment than that. If you are looking to hire, I encourage you to open an employer account with the Maine Department of Labor’s Maine JobLink at https://joblink.maine.gov/. You can also locate your nearest Veterans’ Representative at http://www.mainecareercenter.com/employment/veterans.shtml. Another program to consider in 2021 is the Maine DOL “Hire a Vet Campaign”. This is an annual event to hire 100 veterans in 100 days from September to December. To learn more about the Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com/mhav/. I also wanted you to be aware of a fantastic website that was created jointly by WEF and AWWA that identifies the amazing opportunities for a career in the water sector. If you open the page, our members at the Saco WRRF were highlighted in a YouTube video. https://www.workforwater.org/. We all know that we need to bring competent, hardworking, motivated, and loyal people into this business with a desire to make a difference. This is one way that we can do just that.
2021 MeWEA President
President’s Messages from Phil Tucker