The focus by the UBCM on community achievement was celebrated as part of this weeks convention, with the annual Community Excellence Awards handed out on yesterday.
The Awards celebration calls attention to municipalities and Regional Districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships and pioneer new customer service practises.
Seven awards were handed during the Thursday event, and when the envelopes came out and the winners announced, it was Kitimat's Phil Germuth who was heading up to the podium accepting an award on behalf of the Kitimiat-Stikine Regional District.
Mr. Germuth was there to hear recognition by the UBCM of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District's Integrated Solid Waste Management program in the Terrace area, which received the accolades in the Leadership and Innovation, Green initiatives category.
|Kitimat Mayor Phil Germuth, accepting the UBCN Green Initiatives Award|
on behalf of the Kitimat-Stikine Regional District. The Award was a salute
to the Regional District's work on the Solid Waste program in Terrace
(photo from UBCM flickr feed)
The Green Initiatives Award recognizes local governments that have undergone and can demonstrate a shift in their overall approach to planning and decision-making activities, to include environmental responsibility as a top priority.
It also recognizes local governments that stand out as strong leaders of environmental stewardship that demonstrate innovative solutions for balancing the competing priorities of citizens, businesses and other interest groups while incorporating green initiatives.
You can learn more about the Terrace initiative here.
Other award winners included:
Village of Salmo -- For new Heritage Hub Arts and Cultural Corner
Best Practices, Excellence in Action Award
City of Coquitlam -- Productivity enhancement using Web mapping
Best Practices, Organizational Development and Improvements
Cowichan Valley Regional District -- PlaceSpeak, A collaborative approach
Best Practices, Excellence in Financial Stewardship
City of Nanaimo -- Integrating Financial planning, Reporting and Fiscal Responsibility-- Building the Road Ahead together
Leadership and Innovation, Agriculture
Central Okanagan Regional District -- RDCO-ECD Agriculture Support Program
Best Practices, Community Connections
District of West Vancouver -- Student Video Contest
The full list of those recognized for their work in engaging with the community can be found here.
A review of some of the items making news at this years UBCM convention can be found on our archive page.