The City of Thunder Bay's monthly Employee Spotlight shares the unique stories of people working behind the scenes delivering programs and services for the residents of Thunder Bay. We recognize and celebrate our employees and invite you to get to know them.

Feature employee spotlight: Courtney Gallant

City of Thunder Bay - Courtney GallantCourtney Gallant has worked her entire career in municipal government. She started “fresh out of university” in the Township of Gillies, and then moved on to the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge before becoming the City of Thunder Bay’s Executive Assistant (EA) to the Mayor in 2019.

 “I’ve been a lifer in municipal government,” Courtney said with humour. “Each placement has allowed me to serve the public, though when I started with my current job as the Mayor’s EA, my position became a more supportive role. With this type of administrative support, the Mayor is able to focus on the issues and concerns that require attention.” 

The job of Executive Assistant to the Mayor is distinctive because it involves both the administrative and political facets of local government. “It’s fascinating to watch the two parts work together to arrive at decisions for the City. Because the business of the Mayor’s office has a political context, I feel it’s important that I’m sensitive to the differing perspectives and attentive to their implications, whether we are dealing with routine or challenging matters,” said Courtney.  

Courtney’s days on the job involve providing administrative support to the Mayor by maintaining schedules and communications. Aside from keeping a calendar, much of her work involves fielding calls from the public. Courtney connects with many different City departments and other groups.

“Every day I meet new and fascinating people. I hear about their experiences in the City and with the City, and help to make important connections for them. Making these connections with others is one of the things I love most about this job.”

 “I work with some pretty amazing people in both the Mayor’s office and in the City Manager’s office, all very supportive and compassionate, celebrating each other’s successes and happy to help when needed.”

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