Cleanzine: your weekly cleaning and hygiene industry newsletter 16th March 2023 Issue no. 1056
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Grab the rally towel! Pittsburgh custodian crowned 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year
And the winner of the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is... Mr Heiry! With over 70,000 votes, Cintas Corporation crowned Mike Heiry of North Allegheny Intermediate High School the 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year.
Nearly 800 students congratulated Mike with a surprise hybrid ceremony held virtually and in the school's auditorium. He was celebrated with the marching band's drumline and posters created by the student government organisation.
"Whether it's being a role model or providing a safe and healthy environment for students, this contest celebrates the important - and often overlooked - role custodians play in schools," says Sean Mulcahey, marketing manager at Cintas. "It's clear that Mike is a beloved member of the North Allegheny Intermediate community, and we are thrilled to honor Mike as this year's 2021 Cintas Custodian of the Year."
Mike Heiry consistently goes out of his way to create a clean and safe learning environment for students, faculty and staff. His upbeat energy and kindness have left a positive impact on North Allegheny Intermediate students and staff, which earned him 20% of the contest's total votes cast for the 10 national finalists.
Marta Aebischer, vice president of marketing at contest sponsor Rubbermaid Commercial Products, says: "This is an incredible achievement for Mr. Heiry, and we are honoured to recognise him as the nation's top custodian. Year after year, we're completely blown away by the hard work and dedication these men and women put in every day especially this past year, playing a pivot role on the front line of the pandemic."
Mike will receive a $10,000 cash prize from Cintas, and his school will receive $5,000 in products and services from Cintas and Rubbermaid Commercial Products, along with a comprehensive training and development package from ISSA, valued at $20,000. He will also receive enrollment in the GBAC Fundamentals Online Course that teaches cleaning professionals to prepare for, respond to and recover from biorisks in all types of facilities, from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA.
Each of the remaining nine finalists will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and free tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) training event, valued at $1,500.
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