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2017 UBCM Community Excellence Awards announced at convention

by UBCM 2017 Convention
in Community Development, Innovation, ONLINE FEATURE
September, 2017

2017 UBCM Community Excellence Awards honour local governments that “lead the pack” through innovation, partnerships and new ways of doing business

September 28, 2017

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities presented its 2017 Community Excellence Awards this morning at the UBCM’s 114th annual Convention in Vancouver.

The awards are designed to profile excellence in local government and to create successful pathways and incentives for others to follow. The awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices. The program recognizes ideas that rise above challenges with vision, creativity and teamwork.

Award categories include:

  • Financial stewardship that is the cornerstone of accountability, transparency, and sustainability in serving constituents and meeting community goals and needs. 
  • Strengthening agriculture in communities with innovative and progressive policies and practices that make agriculture a top priority.
  • Setting the bar for enhancing citizen awareness of local government through social media and other forms of engagement.
  • Making responsible decisions that showcase environmental stewardship or develop best agricultural practices.

 In all categories, winners offer a path for other local governments to follow, not only in British Columbia but around the world, making communities more efficient, healthier and ultimately more livable.



Village of Salmo

New Heritage Hub Arts and Cultural Corner

Honourable Mention:                   

City of Coquitlam

Community Inspired Climate Action Program

BEST PRACTICES, Excellence in Action


City of Coquitlam

Productivity Enhancement Using Web Mapping

Honourable Mention:                                   

Regional District of Central Okanagan

My Dog Matters Rewards Program and Licensing App

BEST PRACTICES, Organizational Development & Improvements


Cowichan Valley Regional District

PlaceSpeak, A Collaborative Approach


City of Port Coquitlam

Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning 

BEST PRACTICES, Excellence in Financial Stewardship


City of Nanaimo

Integrating Financial Planning, Reporting and Fiscal Responsibility – Building the Road Ahead Together

Honourable Mention:                                   

Sunshine Coast Regional District

Budget Engagement through Community Dialogue



Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine

Terrace Area Integrated Solid Waste Management Program

Honourable Mention:                                   

City of Richmond 

Climate Action Program: The Results are In!



Central Okanagan Regional District                                                        

RDCO-ECD Agriculture Support Program 

Honourable Mention:                                   

City of Abbotsford

Think Local. Think Abbotsford. Taste of Abby Week.

BEST PRACTICES, Community Connections


District of West Vancouver                                        

Student Video Contest

Photo credit: Union of British Columbia Municipalities

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