Victoria – The Union of British Columbia Municipalities presented its 2016 Community Excellence Awards Thursday morning at the UBCM’s 113th annual Convention in Victoria.
The awards recognize communities that have demonstrated exemplary leadership through policies, decision-making or actions that have made a difference for their residents.
Award categories include:
- Staff-led initiatives that go above and beyond the call of duty and demonstrate what it truly means to be a ‘public servant’
- Setting the bar for enhancing citizen awareness of local government through social media and other forms of engagement
- Making responsible decisions that showcase environmental stewardship or developing best agricultural practices.
In all categories, winners offer a path for other municipalities to follow, not only in British Columbia but around the world, making communities more efficient, healthier and ultimately, more livable.
Best Practices, Excellence in Action
+++Winner: Fraser Valley Regional District, Fraser Valley Express Implementation Plan
Winner: City of Richmond, District Energy Implementation
Honourable Mention: City of North Vancouver, City-led Rezoning of Moodyville Neighbourhood
Best Practices, Organizational Development & Improvements
Winner: Corporation of the Village of Salmo, Rebuilding the Public Record
Best Practices, Community Connections
+++Winner: City of Abbotsford, Abbotsforward – Official Community Plan Update
Leadership & Innovations, Green Initiatives
Winner: City of North Vancouver, Invasive Plant Management Program
Honourable Mention: City of Fort St. John, Micro-Hydro and Passive House Projects
Leadership; & Innovation, Agriculture
Winner: District of North Saanich, Sandown Redevelopment Project
Winner: City of Surrey, The BioPod Initiative
Winner: Cariboo Regional District, Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District’s Quesnel Primary Care Clinic
Honourable Mention: Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District, South Okanagan-Similkameen Protocol Agreement
Thank you for our 2016 sponsors: Bull Housser, Urban Systems, Green Communities Committee, Ministry of Agriculture, BC Agriculture Council and Fraser River Industrial Association.