Receiving the District of Highlands community service award is another medal for R.J. Weyler’s life-long collection.
In his bedroom, in a home he shares with his parents, Weyler proudly displays 114 medals he’s earned from track and field, speed skating and skiing events.
The recognitions Weyler has received over the years give a tangible display of his efforts and all that he has overcome while struggling with learning disabilities.
Highlands Mayor Jane Mendum presented Weyler with the honour on Nov. 7 for his 19 years of service to the District. Fewer than 10 Highlands residents have ever achieved the honour.
“I noted his sense of responsibility and commitment to the District and thanked him for his many years of service,” Mendum said. “It’s an important recognition.”
“I felt really good about (getting the medal),” Weyler said.
For nearly half his life, Weyler, 41, has worked as a janitor and maintenance employee at the district hall. Staff appreciated his diligent work ethic.
“He took his job very seriously, and he was extremely reliable,” said corporate officer Tina Neurauter.
Richard and Joanne, Weyler’s parents, where thrilled to hear their son was being recognized for his service to the District. “We are very honoured to be his parents,” Richard said.
When he first began his janitorial work 19 years ago, District administration ran out of a tiny trailer. “I had to bring my own water and mop and broom,” Weyler said explaining there was no running water there at the time.
“It was so small it was half the size of our kitchen,” said Joanne.
Eventually a second trailer was added and then the office eventually moved to where it is today, off Millstream Road near the Highlands-Langford border.
When he is not working Weyler likes to run, skate and ski. He is currently training for the Bear Mountain 10-kilometre run for his third time.
He has run four marathons and has competed in the B.C. Summer Games for track and field. He has also competed in the B.C. Special Olympics for downhill skiing.
To stick with a job of nearly two decades takes a lot of dedication, and Weyler said his advice to others is, “Just letting people know to do their best and not to quit.”
After nearly two decades of janitorial work,Weyler left the job to work with Thrifty Foods as a courtesy clerk.
“I like having the chance to work with people,” he said.