Today, Oct.10, Premier Rodney MacDonald kicked off Provincial Public Service Week, October 9-13. “Nearly 10,000 civil servants, corrections and highway workers provide high quality programs and services to Nova Scotia’s families, communities, and businesses every day,” said Premier MacDonald. “They help to make Nova Scotia the special place it is and I am proud to work along side so many of these professional and dedicated people.” “Provincial Public Service Week is our chance to recognize the resourcefulness, innovation, and commitment within our public service,” said Ernest Fage, Minister of Human Resources. “Whether they are building our roads, supporting families, developing social programs, assessing crown lands, or helping to establish new markets for local businesses, Nova Scotians can be proud of their public service.” This week is one of several public service recognition activities planned for October. On Thursday, Oct. 12, the premier will present long service awards to more than 350 government employees who have achieved 25 and 35 years of public service. On Friday, Oct. 13, the nomination period opens for the 2007 Premiers Award of Excellence, an award program launched in 2005. As well, many government departments are hosting a variety of recognition activities for their employees. This is the first Provincial Public Service Week proclaimed in Nova Scotia. For more information about Provincial Public Service Week, the Long Service Awards, or the Premiers Award of Excellence, see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/psc/ppsw .