CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 CORE VALUES AWARD WINNERS!
The 2018 IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards attracted nearly 30 entries from people and organizations across Canada, and the winners were announced at the 2018 IAP2 North American Conference in Victoria, BC.
IAP2 CANADA ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
The City of Edmonton, for "What to do When a City, its Staff and People Decide it's Time for a Change".
With a population of just under a million, elected leaders and staff in the capital of Alberta determined it was important to engage the public in decision-making. This led to the Council Initiative on Public Engagement, which included “engaging on engagement”. This has produced, so far, a 27-item action plan, a new public engagement strategy and a Guiding Coalition to hold the city to account.Watch the video
Honourable Mention: the Rural Municipality of St Clements, Manitoba, for "Small Municipality - Big P2".
The RM made a comprehensive public engagement strategy part of its 2015-2018 Strategic Plan and has managed to address public concerns and receive strong mandates regarding projects including curbside waste and recycling pickup, wastewater treatment and a levy for zebra mussel boat inspection. It's the second time St Clements has earned Honourable Mention for this award: it shared the prize with two other RMs -- East St Paul and West St Paul -- in 2016.
Honourable Mention: Calgary Board of Education for "Dialogue Journey: a Path to More Collaborative Decision-Making".
In less than three years, the CBE developed a community engagement framework and successfully implemented it to inform both school-based and system-wide decisions.The Board trained over 600 system leaders and created a centralized organizational unit of three employees and having a champion on the executive team. This has a positive impact on 14,000 staff, 122,000 students, plus their families and hundreds of thousands of Calgarians.
IAP2 CANADA PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Department of Justice, Canada, for “Transforming Canada’s Criminal Justice System”. (Also winner of the award for.Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field.)
It has been identified that Canada’s criminal justice system is fundamentally unjust. The rate of incarceration of Indigenous people is nine times that of the general population; sixty percent of those in jails are still awaiting a decision in their case. The Canadian government engaged a broad range of Canadians to come up with answers to these and other problems.
(Above: Janique Venne, Director of Operations, Criminal Justice Review Secretariat, receives the awards from IAP2 Canada president Bruce Gilbert.)
The City of Edmonton and Justice Canada will compete against Organization and Project winners from other IAP2 Affiliates for the Federation (worldwide) awards. Those winners will be announced in October at the IAP2 Australasia Conference in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Indigenous Engagement: the City of Vancouver for “Britannia Renewal Master Plan”. This project involved revitalizing a community services strategy for an area of the city that has a high proportion of Indigenous people living off-reserve.
(At right, Spencer Lindsay and Amanda Gibbs from the City of Vancouver, with IAP2 President Bruce Gilbert.)
EXTENDING THE PRACTICE THROUGH CREATIVITY, CONTRIBUTION AND INNOVATION IN THE FIELD
Civicplan for “ForWard One”, a participatory budgeting project to advise on the spending of $1 million in infrastructure funds in Hamilton, Ontario’s Ward One. (Tied with Justice Canada.)
(IAP2 Great Lakes Board Member Michelle Dwyer (centre) presents award to Sonja Macdonald and Paul Shaker of Civicplan.)
RESPECT FOR DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND CULTURE
MODUS Planning, Design & Engagement and The City of Surrey, BC, for “Parks, Recreation and Culture Strategic Plan Update”. The largest municipality in Metro Vancouver has a broad demographic range including first- and second-generation Canadians and the largest proportion of urban Indigenous residents. Creating the updated plan required recognizing the needs of all of these groups.
(Pictured: Vince Verlaan of MODUS (left) and Dylan Jones of the City of Calgary flank Bruce.)
Watch the video
Honourable Mention: The City of Calgary Transportation Dep't for "Green Line LRT: 78 Ave. Road-Widening and Underpass Construction Project"
VISUAL ENGAGEMENT AWARDS
This year, IAP2 Canada is excited to launch a new Core Values Award Category, the Visual Engagement Awards. This is a partnership with the Dazzling Notice Awards, which recognize government and other public entities that manage to "grab" the public in the way they advertise their programs and projects. The creator of the awards, Dave Meslin, approached IAP2 Canada about the partnership and IAP2 Canada leapt at the opportunity.
This year, there was a tie:
District of Squamish, BC, for “Official Community Plan Update”. The District was determined to bring as many voices and perspectives as possible into the process on visioning the region just north of Vancouver over the next 20 years. To do that, they launched a visually compelling -- and intentionally less-than-slick -- campaign.
(left-to-right: Dave Meslin, Christina Moore, District of Squamish Communications, Vince Verlaan, MODUS, and Sarah McJannet, Squamish planner.)
The Region of Waterloo, Ontario, and Dillon Consulting, for “Biosolids Strategy”. The region’s plans for dealing with biosolids (otherwise known as poop) ran into heavy opposition from the public at first, so the region stepped up its engagement efforts. Its work to grab people’s attention was slightly daring, maybe a little juvenile and definitely engaging.
(Morgan Boyco of Dillon Consulting and Waterloo's Kaoru Yajima accepting their award.)
Honourable mention went to the City of Vancouver for "Arbutus Greenway: Engaging a Diverse and Citywide Audience."
Check out the IAP2 USA Core Values Award winners here.
The IAP2 Core Values Awards are another way to help raise the bar in the field of public engagement: a friendly competition to encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones. Each year, IAP2 and its affiliates around the world recognize leaders in the profession; in 2014, IAP2 Canada inaugurated its own Core Values Awards.
The awards go to projects which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and P2 professionals can learn from one another and be inspired to keep raising their own standards.
Visual Engagement Award
Prix d’excellence en participation publique de l’AIP2 Canada pour 2018 – FÉLICITATIONS AUX LAURÉAT(E)S!
MERCI À TOUS LES CANDIDATS!
À peu près 30 personnes et organisations ont répondu à l'appel des soumissions pour les Prix d'excellence en P2 pour 2018. Les gagnant(e)s étaient dévoilé(e)s au Gala, jeudi le 6 septembre, à Victoria, C-B.
Que sont les prix d’excellence en participation publique de l’AIP2?
Les prix d’excellence en participation publique de l’AIP2 constituent un autre moyen de relever la barre dans le domaine de la P2. Il s’agit d’une compétition amicale visant à encourager l’adoption de nouvelles approches et l’utilisation novatrice d’approches existantes. Chaque année, les organismes affiliés de l’AIP2 partout dans le monde soulignent le travail accompli par les leaders de la profession et, depuis 2014, l’AIP2 Canada décerne ses propres prix d’excellence en participation publique.
Ces prix sont octroyés aux projets qui intègrent le mieux les valeurs essentielles de l’AIP2, le but étant de permettre aux professionnels de la P2 d’apprendre les uns des autres et de s’inspirer mutuellement à rehausser leurs propres standards d’excellence.
Prix de l’engagement visuel
La période pour s'inscrire est terminée. Merci à tous les candidats!
Feisal Lakha and Kirsty Neill of the City of Calgary accepted the 2017 Core Values Award for "Extending the Practice through Creativity, Collaboration and Innovation in the Field" for the "Crowchild Trail Extension" project; this also was named Project of the Year.
La ville de Calgary, représentée par Faisal Lakha (à gauche) et Kirsty Neill: lauréate de Créativité, contribution et innovation au sein de la profession
The City of Burlington, Ontario, was named 2017 Organization of the Year. Michelle Dwyer accepted the award from IAP2 Canada President Bruce Gilbert.
La ville de Burlington, Ontario: Organisation de l'année, 2017. Michelle Dwyer reçoit la trophée de Bruce Gilbert, président de l'AIP2 Canada