2021 Community Excellence Awards

Applications are now being accepted for UBCM’s 2021 Community Excellence Awards. The application deadline is May 14, 2021. The awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in B.C.

UBCM recognizes the unique circumstances and challenges faced by local governments during the COVID-19 pandemic, including reduced staff and financial capacity. However, the Community Excellence Awards provides an opportunity to showcase the leadership and innovation that local governments are providing in their communities. Applicants are encouraged to include any COVID-19 pandemic response actions and/or activities in their applications.

The awards are only open to UBCM members, including local government and First Nation members. Members may submit one application per category.

The four categories this year are:

Excellence in Governance. This category includes projects/programs that utilize governance processes or policies that are outcomes-based and consensus oriented, support and encourage citizen participation in civic decision-making, are efficient, equitable and inclusive, open and transparent; and exemplify best practices in accountability, effectiveness, and long-term thinking. 

Excellence in Service Delivery.  This category includes projects/programs that provide effective services in a proactive manner, demonstrate benefit to the community, and utilize performance measures, benchmarks and standards to ensure sustainable service delivery. 

Excellence in Asset Management.  This category includes projects/programs that demonstrate a comprehensive system of asset management policies and practices.

Excellence in Sustainability.  This category recognizes UBCM members that incorporate a long-term sustainability lens by considering the four pillars - cultural, social, economic and environmental issues - in planning, policy and practice.

Awards will be presented during UBCM’s 2021 Convention. All delegates are invited to attend the awards event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UBCM is reviewing delivery options for the 2021 Convention. This may impact the Community Excellence Awards Ceremony.

The Program & Application Guide and Application Form are available on UBCM’s website. For more information, contact awards@ubcm.ca

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