2010 Highlights

Thank you to all the local governments who participated in LGAW 2010! We’d like to highlight some of the projects and activities that took place during this week, to give you ideas and inspiration for the future.

Proclamations
To get this project going, the LGAW Working Group requested a provincial proclamation declaring LGAW from May 16-22, 2010. The photo below shows Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Community and Rural Development presenting the Provincial Proclamation to Harry Nyce, UBCM President.

Minister Bennett and President Nyce

We also encouraged local governments to proclaim the 3rd week in May as Local Government Awareness Week. Several local governments sent us copies of their proclamations, which you can see here:

View Proclamations [PDF]

Activities
To celebrate Local Government Awareness Week 2010, a question and answer session was held between Victoria’s Youth Council, and Mayor Dean Fortin, UBCM 1st VP Barbara Steele and Minister Bill Bennett. See photos below:

Excellence Awards
And for 2010, a new category was introduced to UBCM’s Excellence Awards called ‘Best Practices, Best Civic Engagement’. Local governments who participated in Awareness Week were encouraged to submit an application under this Excellence Awards category to share what they did and how they engaged their community.

The winner of the 2010 Excellence Award for Best Practices, Best Civic Engagement was the City of Port Coquitlam for their Online Outreach Program, which uses social media to engage the residents of Port Coquitlam. Congratulations!

  Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore accepts an award from Union of BC Municipalities President-Elect and Community Excellence Awards Chair, Barbara Steele, for the City’s On-Line Outreach Program. The Community Excellence Awards were held at the 107th Annual UBCM Convention in Whistler Thursday morning. The City of Port Coquitlam won the Best Practices Civic Engagement category, which recognizes a local government in B.C. that has improved or revised upon an existing program or service

The runner up for Best Civic Engagement was the Village of Cumberland. Their project, Cumberland Now, is a new magazine genre for municipalities that reports on Village news and recreation opportunities in the community.

Cumberland Mayor Fred Bates receives Honourable Mention from Union of BC Municipalities President-Elect and Community Excellence Awards Chair, Barbara Steele, for Cumberland Now. The Community Excellence Awards were held at the 107th Annual UBCM Convention in Whistler. The Village of Cumberland received Honourable Mention in the Best Practices Civic Engagement category, which recognizes a local government in B.C. that has improved or revised upon an existing program or service.