Programs recognized as an example for other communities.
The Union of British Columbia Municipalities Community Excellence Awards, presented on September 14, recognized eight municipalities for excellence in governance, service delivery, asset management and sustainability.
The awards, launched in 2004, aim to showcase outstanding initiatives and share them with other members to implement in their own communities. They were announced as part of the organization’s annual convention being held virtually this week.
In 2021, a new category has been added: the prize for the choice of the committee of presidents. This category recognizes a community that, according to the UBCM Presidents Committee, deserved special recognition for its exceptional response to the pandemic.
“The unique circumstances that communities in British Columbia faced during this difficult time have highlighted many innovative ways in which local governments have adapted to the impact of COVID-19,” UBCM said in a statement.
The award was won by the City of Coquitlam for its community support and recovery plan.
Kelowna won the Excellence in Governance Award for its Community Vision and OURWK programs.
Surrey won the Excellence in Service Delivery Award for its Urban Forest Resources for Outdoor Learning program, while the City of Richmond received Honorable Mention for improvements to the yard recycling depot.
Excellence in sustainability was awarded to Nanaimo for its complete street engineering standards and design guidelines, while the City of New Westminster received an honorable mention for its Seven Bold Steps for Climate Action program.
The award for excellence in asset management was presented to the regional district of qathet for its Natural Asset Solution for Stormwater Runoff program. The District of Highlands received an honorable mention for its Sustainable Asset Management program.
Formed in 1905, UBCM and its congress provide a platform for local government leaders to set policy directions for UBCM’s engagement with provincial and federal governments.