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Volume XXIX, Number 6222
Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014

NYC Parks Salutes Its October Employees Of The Month

Kate Durant is the Public Programs Employee of the Month
Kate Durant is the Public Programs Employee of the Month
Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Kate Durant is the Public Programs Employee of the Month. Kate joined NYC Parks in September 2013 as the Citywide Fitness Coordinator. Since her first day on the job, Kate has made a positive impact on the fitness and sports programming within the Recreation division.

Most recently, Kate coordinated the Citywide Flag Football Program, in which over 750 young athletes participated. The program culminated in a citywide championship at Baisley Pond Park this past Saturday. Among the many improvements she made to the program was the development of a comprehensive plan to prevent major injuries and ensure the safety of our athletes. Her plan will be used to improve the safety of all Parks sports programs.

This summer, Kate spearheaded an innovative Summer Sports Experience program which ran at 17 sites. This will be a model for program implementation at CPI programming sites this coming spring and summer.

Kate is a maverick of sorts. She is always seeking out new innovative sports and fitness activities. She is also willing to experiment with new takes on traditional pastimes. Under her direction, we have introduced activities such as dynamic dodgeball, aqua-aerobics, yuki ball, and speedminton in our programs. Our members benefit from her ingenuity as she encourages them to try new things. This spirit of exploration will be a part of her legacy at NYC Parks.

Kate is a stellar athlete herself. She recently completed the NYC Marathon, her fourth such race, and once ran 1000 miles in one year. She is so committed she even has the word “Run” tattooed on her wrist.

For her commitment to fitness programming, Kate was nominated by Chief Paul Fontana, Chief Emily Chase, and Deputy Commissioner Robert Garafola.

Lisa Brownlie is the Commissioner’s Employee of the Month. Lisa started with Parks as an assistant in the Commissioner’s Office in June 2013.

Like all Parkies, Lisa’s day-to-day responsibilities are numerous and diverse. She is responsible for all correspondence received by my office for response and action. As a city agency, we receive plenty of correspondence. Lisa ensures that we addresses every last one. She routes correspondences to the proper office within the agency and composes responses to constituents who may not have directed their concerns to the appropriate agency for action.

Lisa believes that it is vitally important that we hold ourselves to the highest standards of customer service. She is always looking to ensure that we assist citizens in their search for information about government services. Lisa’s desire to learn something new every day sets a fine example for all Parkies to follow. She believes that the more she can learn about Parks, the better equipped she will be to assist the public and her coworkers.

Lisa created the slogan “Bright Green Future.” She took the initiative after hearing Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver FAICP speak. She thought it would be an inspirational message for Parks going forward. Lisa was right. Commissioner Silver met with the press team and “Bright Green Future” has been used for the Framework for an Equitable Future, Community Parks Initiative..

When she is away from work, Lisa spends time with her two children, Shawn and Samantha, and her husband Des. Her work was also featured in the 2013 Wreath Interpretations show in the Arsenal Gallery.

For her creativity and service, Lisa was nominated by Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP.


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