Campbell River Mayor Charlie Cornfield (left) and Councillor Roy Grant (far right) accept an award Thursday in Vancouver from Union of BC Municipalities President-Elect and Community Excellence Awards Chair

City wins awards

Campbell River is the winner of two awards presented last week at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention

Campbell River is the winner of two awards presented last week at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention.

The city was honoured with a Community Recognition Award for its Wood First Policy last Wednesday, and one day later, took first place in community engagement at the UBCM Excellence Awards in Vancouver.

“The Community Excellence Awards program recognizes ideas that rise above challenges with vision, creativity and teamwork,” said Heath Slee, awards chair.

Mayor Charlie Cornfield was surprised but pleased that Campbell River was a winner.

“It’s really an amazing award, we’ve been recognized by our peer group and others involved in the UBCM executive which is made up of elected officials around the province,” Cornfield said. “There are critics that say ‘this can be done better’ but this award just confirms we’re doing the right thing.”

Campbell River was singled out in the Civic Engagement category for its efforts in increasing awareness of government services during Local Government Awareness Week,  and for facilitating community participation in policy development for the Sustainable Official Community Plan.

The city hosted several open houses to gather input into the Agriculture Plan, Master Transportation Plan and other aspects of the Sustainable Official Community Plan.

“This award is one we share with the entire community,” Mayor Charlie Cornfield said. “It’s the staff, it’s council, it’s the community.”

More than 1,500 Campbell Riverites have contributed input into the Sustainable Plan, including youth and First Nations. There have been 25 public workshops and forums organized by city staff and consulting teams HB Lanarc, Beringia Planning and Urban Systems.

“Many staff members worked very hard, and put in extra time in order for Campbell River to earn this prestigious award,” Cornfield said. “Over the past year we have had so much meaningful input and ideas from our community about their vision for the future and we are excited to put these into policy in the Sustainable Community Plan.”

The Community Excellence Awards are presented annually at the UBCM’s yearly, week-long conference.

Campbell River’s second award was presented by Wood Works! BC for demonstrating leadership and vision by adopting Wood First commitments.

City council passed a Wood First policy last October to ensure all future city-funded buildings and additions will use wood as the primary building material.

Prior to adopting the policy, the city had passed a Wood First resolution to fall in line with the province’s Wood First Act, which requires projects funded by the provincial government to be mostly constructed out of wood.

 

 

Just Posted

‘A place to call home’: New housing project opens in Campbell River

Renovated motel to accommodate low- and moderate-income people in 39 units

Strong winds expected to hit north, west Vancouver Island: Environment Canada

Environment Canada said southeast winds will reach speeds of 70 to 90 kilometres per hour

Questions arise about who’s seeing Strathcona Regional District emails

Cortes Island hall tax proponents upset at binding referendum delay

Capital projects make up $17 million of Campbell River’s 2019 city budget

Centennial Pool, fleet replacement and transit pullout on Dogwood at Carihi amongst major projects

Still a few hours to vote in referendum on electoral reform, Campbell River

Ballots can be dropped off at Service BC office on Ironwood until 4:30 p.m.

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2017

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

China: Canada’s detention of Huawei exec ‘vile in nature’

Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet company

Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Island Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

Most Read