From the Cariboo Regional District:
Over the past few days, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) was honoured with two prestigious awards at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Conference and AGM which took place in Vancouver from September 26 to 30, 2011.
On Wednesday, September 28, the CRD received a 2011 Community Recognition Award presented by WoodWORKS! BC. Last year the CRD was honoured with this award for its post and beam style construction of the 100 Mile House Branch Library.
This award is presented annually to a community that has shown leadership in the advocacy of wood and wood products. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood. Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products.
During the resolutions session on Thursday, the CRD learned it won an annual Gold Star Award for its successful resolution “Public Telephone Access”. This marks the second consecutive year the CRD has earned a Gold Star Award after winning with a Palliative Care Fees resolution in 2010. The Regional District also earned Gold Star Awards in 2005, and 2008.
The Gold Star and Honourable Mention resolution recognition initiative was launched at the 2003 UBCM convention, and is intended to encourage excellence in resolution drafting and to assist UBCM members in refining their resolutions in preparation for submission to the annual convention. Each year the UBCM executive presents Gold Star and Honourable Mention Awards to members for the best-crafted resolutions.
“It was truly a productive conference with excellent speakers and professional development opportunities,” stated CRD Chair Al Richmond. “I would like to commend the Board and staff for taking concepts and issues raised by our residents and turning them into successful resolutions such as the Public Telephone Access.”
In 2011, the Cariboo Regional District submitted a total of 17 resolutions which saw a majority of success; a total of 15 receiving endorsement by the UBCM membership. The results are as follows:
- Flood Mitigation Programs
- 911 Call Levy
- Infrastructure Costs
- Regulation of the Sale of Plants & Seeds
- Agriculture Policy
- Barriers to Small Scale Food Production &
- High Speed Internet/Cellular Phone Coverage
- Authority to Control Weeds
The resolutions along with their full text are posted on the CRD website at www.cariboord.bc.ca under What’s New - Resolutions.
Editor's Note - the City of Williams Lake was also at the UBCM Convention. For more details - see here