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Congratulations 2019 Core Values Award Winners!

The 2019 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards attracted a record 18 entries. The winners were announced at the 2019 IAP2 North American Conference in Charlotte, NC, September 5, 2019.

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR 

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR - The City of Kingston, Ontario

Left to right: Mark Weir, Debbi Miller, Catherine Rockandel

The City of Kingston, Ontario – “Engaging on Engagement to Develop and Implement a Culture of P2”

The City’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan identified transparency and citizen engagement as priorities in its Open Government initiative. Over an 18-month period, the City consulted with residents, Council members and City staff to develop the Public Engagement Framework and Charter. These have transformed public engagement and ensure a consistent corporate approach. The organizational structure was re-worked to include more public participation staff, and 78 city staff have received IAP2 Foundations training.

What the judges said:

  • “I liked how this submission described the pervasiveness of the PEF’s (Public Engagement Framework) implementation rather than focusing on specific project examples. Also really liked that City employees are called out as a distinct stakeholder group.”
  • “(expanding the public consultation department) demonstrates that leadership understood the need to resource the implementation of the PEF.”
  • “Council, senior leaders and additional employees participated in IAP2 Decision Maker training.”

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PROJECT OF THE YEAR &
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & CULTURE AWARD

PROJECT OF THE YEAR - The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Left to right: Ellis Westwood of Hill+Knowlton, Anila Sunnak of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Peter Wilton of Hill+Knowlton

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – “’Underserviced’ Population Engagement” (also winner of Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture)”

CPAC held in-person dialogues across Canada to determine how Canada’s cancer plan can better serve all Canadians. In particular, the dialogues focused on “underserviced” populations -- seniors, new immigrants, persons living on low incomes, 2SLGBTQ+ community, racialized peoples, minority language communities, and those living in remote or northern communities. CPAC also engaged more than 7,500 Canadians in innovative “pop-up” engagement sessions. These conversations have led to a transformative impact on CPAC’s thinking and work in cancer control.

What the judges said:

  • “A wonderful example of thoughtful engagement with diverse, less-heard populations.”
  • “... this submission demonstrates what true collaboration looks like with community organizations, including sharing power and decision-making ...”
  • “if others were to do this, it would advance the field of public participation”

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RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & CULTURE -
Honourable Mention

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority: – "Living Well - Designing a healthy community; Pearson Dogwood Redevelopment Project”

VCH, which oversees health care facilities and services in southern mainland British Columbia, owns some 25 acres (10.1 Ha) of prime land in Vancouver, and wanted to leverage that asset to fund improvements in residential care provision. The decision-makers realized the people affected had to be included in the process, and that process was to be at the “collaborate” level.

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Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution &
Innovation in the Field

The City of Calgary – “This is My Neighbourhood” (Co-winner)”

The city launched an initiative to find out what creates inspiring neighbourhoods, and brought residents and city staff together for the process. More than 9200 people were engaged at a series of events, where they were invited to contribute “vision words” and ideas for improving their neighbourhoods. More than 10-thousand ideas were submitted and 122 final initiatives were adopted.

What the judges said:

  • “... the Core Values were used in a meaningful way for staff to better understand P2 and deliver a high-quality experience for the neighbourhood participants.”
  • “A very exciting and inspiring project. I appreciated the continuous evaluations and ... the involvement of the staff - education of staff to understand P2 Core values.”

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Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution &
Innovation in the Field

Extending the Practice through Creativity, Innovation in the Field - Context: an Argyle Company

Left to right: Mark Weir, Miranda Eng of Context - an Argyle Company, Catherine Rockandel

Context: an Argyle Company – “The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission’s It’s Time Engagement Program”

TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, has been considering implementing a road-pricing scheme to address traffic congestion while dealing with dwindling projected revenues.

The Mobility Pricing Independent Commission was tasked with determining how decongestion charging could be implemented to reduce congestion, promote fairness, and raise transportation investment. Context ran the process, which included an extensive multilingual public education and promotions campaign; sophisticated public online engagement on a multilingual interactive platform; in-person interactive workshops with stakeholders, elected officials and a User Advisory Panel; and a targeted multicultural outreach program.

The process included crowdsourcing Greater Vancouver residents for a definition of “fair” and using that to draft recommendations. In 2018, the recommendations were approved for further study by the TransLink Board and Mayors’ Council.

The city launched an initiative to find out what creates inspiring neighbourhoods, and brought residents and city staff together for the process. More than 9200 people were engaged at a series of events, where they were invited to contribute “vision words” and ideas for improving their neighbourhoods. More than 10-thousand ideas were submitted and 122 final initiatives were adopted.

What the judges said:

  • “Effectively identified audience challenges by increasing participation from underrepresented groups through online engagement four most dominant languages ....”
  • “Strong submission showing a very difficult challenge that had to be conducted in a non bias way.”

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Indigenous Engagement

Indigenous Engagement - Context: an Argyle Company

Left to right: Krystyna Lloyd of Context - an Argyle Company, Mark Weir, Catherine Rockandel

Context: an Argyle Company –“Meeting Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Communities Where They Are – the BC Flood and Wildfire Review

The review examined plans for and responses to the unprecedented floods and wildfires of 2017 and provide recommendations for the Province, in advance of the 2018 flood and wildfire season. The project required a rapid-response engagement strategy, to complete the review in five months. It was also necessary to navigate the inter-jurisdictional nature of emergency management, as well as support culturally safe and respectful dialogue with First Nations. The engagement included one-on-one meetings and community meetings in areas disproportionately affected by the flooding and fires; there were open houses, online forums and circle-style discussions, among other techniques.

What the judges said:

  • “The fact that over 80% of recommendations were influenced by the P2 process is outstanding. This project is also a fantastic example of how Indigenous engagement is appropriately integrated into a broader engagement process in a culturally appropriate way that is aligned with IAP2 Core Values”
  • “Great example of First Nations engagement, and P2 impacting the outcome. High quality in a tight timeline.”

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Visual Engagement Award

CitySpaces “City of Nanaimo Affordable Housing Strategy"

With notable increases in rental and home-ownership prices, the City of Nanaimo launched a year-long study into ways of addressing it. CitySpaces was tasked with engaging the public in the conversation. Nearly 1,300 people took part and thousands more were informed through the visual engagement strategy CitySpaces adopted.

That strategy included producing a distinctive brand that reflected community values and a spirit of collaboration. That brand appeared online, in print publications, in social media and in videos. There was even a “snakes-and-ladders”-type game, leading people on a “pathway to affordable housing”.

What the judges said:

  • “... attractive promotion materials with clear call to action.”
  • “The use of materials appealed to the different learning types (auditory, visual, kinesthetic) using video, in person discussions, games, lego. Using a local group (MILUG) was unique and pulled in more interest from the group’s followers ... Appreciated that the Planner lead had her contact information on the materials – phone, email.”

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Our judges!

Dave Meslin - Dave is the Creative Director of Unlock Democracy Canada the founder of the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto and co-founder of Spacing Magazine. His new book, “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up” will be published by Penguin in 2018. In his spare time, Dave enjoys playing with Legos.

Susanna Haas Lyons is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between decision-makers and those most impacted by an issue. susannahaaslyons.com Read more.

Anita Wasiuta - Anita's expertise in marketing programs, project and event management, volunteer engagement, facilitation, and public engagement all begin with developing relationships with people.


Anne Harding - Anne is a former president of IAP2 Canada, recipient of the 2015 Core Values Award for P2 for the Greater Good and a Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3). Her specialties include the energy industry and Indigenous engagement.

Belinda Boyd - Belinda is Leader, Community Engagement, at Vancouver (BC) Coastal Health, specializing in Patient Public Engagement (PPE), ensuring a voice for people most affected by changes or decisions.

VCH has received numerous Core Values Awards on Belinda's watch: Organization of the Year (2006), Creativity and Innovation, and Project of the Year (2014), and P2 for the Greater Good (2016). 

Core Values Awards Around the World

Check out the IAP2 Federation's latest Core Values Awards Showcase, which contains eligible submissions to the Core Values Awards from other IAP2 Affiliates in 2016. The Report is there to help share information and ideas and encourage more CVA submissions.

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