By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Oct. 1, 2012
The District of Squamish has won a UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) Community Excellence Award in the Best Practices category for Civic Engagement for its Local Government Awareness Week Campaign.
This award recognizes communities that have increased the knowledge and awareness of its citizens regarding the roles and responsibilities of local government.
Squamish’s Local Government Awareness Week campaign included: a “Mayor for a Day” Contest, Student Leadership Lunch with Council, Online Trivia Contest, Public Works Week activities, and staff presentations to local elementary students.
Mayor Rob Kirkham and Councillors Susan Chapelle, Patricia Heintzman and Bryan Raiser attended the UBCM Awards Breakfast in Victoria on Thursday, September 27th to receive the Community Excellence Award.
In 2011, 76 municipalities competed to win one of six awards UBCM offers annual.
Although the District of Squamish has submitted award applications in the past this is the first time we have been successful since the program’s inception in 2004.
This award is tangible recognition of the hard work of Council and District staff to enhance civic engagement through diverse communication outlets.
“This is a remarkable achievement to be celebrated by the District and our community members.
The District of Squamish is thrilled to be acknowledged by UBCM and is looking forward to building on this year’s events,” said Mayor Rob Kirkham.