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Awards 2001- 2005

Our City Council, and City Staff, are proud and grateful to have been recognized for many of our achievements over the years.

Year Awarding Body Name of Award
2005 International Quality & Productivity Centre CUBIC (Corporate University Best In Class) Corporate University Leader of the Year Award (First Place)
Presented to Rick Thomas, EdD, Manager, People and Organization Development, November 2005, for leadership and implementation of corporate university vision, strategy, alignment, integration, and program innovation.
2005 International Coach Federation 2005 Prism Award Finalist
Presented for Excellence in Business Achievement through Coaching in an organization in February, 2005.
2005 Insights Learning & Development Practical Insights Award for Excellence
The Practical Insights Award for Excellence has been presented for the first time to an Insights client who exhibits leadership in the area of solution development and implementation, while demonstrating a true spirit of collaboration. The City of Richmond exemplified this vision as it successfully integrated the Insights Learning & Development Transformational Leadership into its Richmond Corporate University.

The City of Richmond recently developed the Richmond Corporate University to provide in-house leadership training for the organization’s future leaders. The new leadership development program was designed around providing eight core competencies for leaders. At around the same time, Insights Learning & Development’s Vancouver Learning Centre began working with the recently developed Transformational Leadership Program. This program also built on eight core leadership competencies.

The award was presented earlier this year to Rick Thomas, the City’s Manager, People and Organization Development, who led development of the new leadership program.
2005 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Community Excellence Awards for
Best Practices Websites Category
This is the third time that Richmond has received the UBCM’s award for local government websites in BC. Richmond was previously honoured in 2000 and 2001. This time Richmond tied for first place with the City of Duncan. The Community Excellence Award winners were announced at the UBCM convention in Vancouver in September.
2005 BC Hydro Lighting Redesign Award
This award was presented to Quantum Lighting Incorporated for their work on behalf of the City. The recent lighting redesign of the Steveston branch of the Richmond Public Library resulted in a 74 per cent reduction in energy use at the Library. The project was led for the City by Kay Ferguson of Quantum Lighting Incorporated, who received the first annual Lighting Redesign Award presented by BC Hydro Power Smart and the BC Section of the Illuminating Society of North America.

The savings came from the introduction of more energy efficient fluorescent fixtures and lamps and automated light controls.

The City of Richmond is BC’s first certified Power Smart municipality. Through energy efficient measures, the City has accumulated $500,000 in annual energy savings since 1997 and has committed to a further 15 per cent reduction from 2002 levels over the next four years.
2005 Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award
The London Landing project in Richmond recently received a 2004 Brownie Award for the Canadian Urban Institute. The Brownie Awards honour leadership, innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields design across Canada.

London Landing was honoured for its "imaginative reworking" of former industrial properties to create a mixed use development that complements its historical setting and provides new public amenities. In a presentation to Council, Developer Dana Westermark saluted the City of Richmond for its support in providing the land use approvals and other support necessary to bring the project to fruition.
2005 Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellowship Award
Greg Buss, Chief Librarian of the Richmond Public Library was recently honoured with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. This prestigious award was presented by the Richmond Sunrise Rotary Club, and acknowledges Buss' enormous contributions to the community.

"During his time at the Library Greg has been in the forefront of developing new and innovative services, especially in the areas of information technology and customer service. Under Greg's leadership the Richmond Public Library has grown from a small community library to an award winning library system modelled by libraries across North America," said Tung Chan, Chair of the Library Board.
2005 Government Financial Officers Association of North America Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The City of Richmond received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for its annual financial report for the second consecutive year.

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting program, established by the Government Financial Officers Association of North America, encourages municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports, and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the City of Richmond and the staff team responsible for preparing the 2003 award-winning report. Further, this report was efficiently produced, printed and bound exclusively by City staff without using out-of-house resources.
2005 Public Library Association Highsmith Innovation Award
Richmond Public Library was recently awarded the 2005 Public Library Association/Highsmith Library Innovation Award for a creative community program. The library won for their "Reading for Success" ESL Book Club Program. The $2,000 U.S. award was presented at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago at the end of June.

“Reading for Success” is an innovative service program aimed at promoting literacy, reading and computer skills within the community. It involves offering Chinese computer classes to raise revenue for the purchase of an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) reading club collection at the library. Wendy Jang, Coordinator of Multilingual Services worked closely with the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Richmond Youth Group to develop this program.

This is the second time that Richmond Public Library has won this prestigious award.
2004 The Safe Communities Foundation of Canada Safe Community
The City of  Richmond was designated as a Safe Community for its efforts related to injury prevention at home, work, and play. The designation, one of the first two in B.C.,included a grant to further Richmond’s injury prevention, safety education, and crime prevention programs.
2004 Environment Canada 1-Tonne Challenge Community
Richmond was awarded the status of being named one of Canada’s
1-Tonne Challenge Communities for the collaborative efforts of the City, the School District, the Vancouver Airport Authority, and private businesses in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction activities. As a federal government initiative, this designation comes with an Environment Canada grant and other forms of support over the next two years.
2004 Volunteer Richmond Volunteers Are Stars Award
The City of Richmond was recognized for 125 years of volunteer involvement at the 4th Annual Volunteers Are Stars Awards. The awards, presented by Volunteer Richmond and Coast Capital Savings, recognize the outstanding contributions of 1000's of volunteers in Richmond, and specifically recognize 8 outstanding recipients for exceptional leadership.

Throughout its history the City of Richmond has always viewed volunteers as partners, whose contributions to the community are valued and respected. The City has worked hard to build its relationships with the many community agencies that provide services through voluntarism and with coordinating groups like Volunteer Richmond.

The theme of the 2004 awards was "Celebrating the Spirit", and with this, the City was recognized for this outstanding commitment and milestone.  Mayor Malcolm Brodie  accepted the award for the City of Richmond from Frances Lorenz, President Volunteer Richmond Information Services.
2004 Richmond Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business - Newsmaker of the Year Category
The City of Richmond was selected as the inaugural Newsmaker of the Year for its successful effort in landing the Olympic Speed Skating Oval for the 2010 Winter Games.
"We had three months to put together a proposal while our competition had three years," Mayor Malcolm Brodie said. "It took an extraordinary effort but we kept our faith that it was a good idea."
2004 VFA Customer Advocate Award
This award distinguishes Richmond for "Innovation in Facilities Capital Planning and Management" it was presented October 12th  by VFA, Inc., the leading provider of software and services for facilities management and capital planning.

VFA established this award to recognize its customers for their achievements in implementing strategic capital planning and management processes. The City of Richmond was selected as the recipient from more than 250 customers worldwide who have deployed VFA’s Capital Planning and Management Solutions (CPMS) approach. A VFA client since 2000, the City of Richmond has helped influence leading capital asset planning and management strategies and advance innovation in the facilities management industry as a whole.
2004 Government Finance Officers Association Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Richmond for its annual financial report.

This Award program was established by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
2003 CivicInfo CivicInfo BC Local Government E-Service Innovation Award
The City of Richmond's Geographic Information Systems Inquiry Mapping Tool has received an honourable mention in CivicInfo BC's first annual Local Government E-Service Innovation Award. The City of Richmond's GIS Inquiry Mapping tool links geographic with descriptive property related information and makes it available on the desktops of each staff person and accessible to the public at anytime via the City's web site, thereby eliminating the need to rely on a few highly trained experts.
2003 BC Hydro First Power Smart Certified Municipality in British Columbia
The City has accumulated $500,000 in annual electricity savings since 1997 and has committed to an aggressive target of a further 15 per cent reduction over the next four years, relative to 2002 levels. The Power Smart Certified classification is a new initiative by BC Hydro to recognize organizations that demonstrate energy efficiency within their industries or sectors. "The City of Richmond has demonstrated longstanding commitment and leadership in the field of energy conservation, says Larry Bell, Chair and CEO of BC Hydro. Richmond has always been among the first organizations to adopt new energy-efficient technologies and it has made energy efficiency a regular part of its operations. In this way, the City of Richmond is showing what municipalities can achieve and setting an example for others to follow.
2003 Canadian Library Association and Information Today Incorporated CLA/Information Today Award for Innovative Technology
The award recognizes the Richmond Public Libraries unique applications of innovative technology and in particular, recognizes its collection of online interactive resources. The resources, which are located on the library's Web site include: the Canadian Citizenship Practice Test; the BC Practice Driving Test; Speak, Read, Succeed Interactive Checklist; the Online Purchase Suggestion Form; and My Picks.
2003 Tourism BC Best Tourism Marketing Campaign
Presented in 2003 the award was for the City's hosting of Richmond Tall Ships 2002. The award was accepted by the Tall Ships organizing committee and Brain Communications for the highly successful marketing campaign for Richmond's first Tall Ships Festival. Richmond Tall Ships 2002 was a hugely popular maritime-themed festival in the summer of 2002, which was highlighted by the visit to historic Steveston Harbour of more than 20 Tall Ships from around the world. An estimated 400,000 people attended the five-day event, shattering organizers original expectations of 250,000. The British Columbia Awards were presented Thursday in Kamloops at Tourism BCs annual conference.
2003 Gale Group Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services
Presented to the Richmond Public Library, the $3000 US award recognizes the library's outstanding collection of online interactive resources. Richmond Public Library created this collection of unique online interactive resources to help residents within the Richmond community and beyond, to locate specific, practical information.
2002 Richmond District School Board - Board of Directors Certificate of Community Partnership
Ted Townsend, Sandy Webster, Shawn Issel, Steve McClurg and Rick Kostyniuk from the City, and Penny Lewis, Marnie Ridout, Carol Borthwick and Ken Levenstein from the Richmond School District were presented with this certificate of recognition for their contribution to Project WET: Project WET is a partnership program between the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District that provides elementary school children with the opportunity to learn about the importance of our natural resources (water). City staff collaborated with teachers in a science-based environment to create a hands-on interactive program to inform, educate and entertain students on the importance of water quality and supply.
2002 Public Works Association Manager of the Year
The Public Works Manager of the Year award was presented was presented to Director of Operations for the Engineering and Public Works Division, Eric Gillfillan. The award is given to an individual who has best exemplified the spirit and professionalism of the Public Works Association of British Columbia. When the award was presented in September of 2002 Eric had contributed 34 years of service in the Public Sector.
2002 Tourism Richmond 2002 Gateway Award
The award was in response to the City's hosting of Richmond Tall Ships 2002, which was called an unqualified success. Awarded to the Tall Ships organizers for their outstanding contribution in the Tourism Industry.  This new award program is meant to recognize individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the Tourism Industry states Tourism Richmond President Gary Rudin.

The city will reap the benefits of Richmond Tall Ships 2002 for many years to come. The awareness legacy for Richmond's Tourism Industry will provide us with the type of publicity and promotional image that would normally cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, says Rudin. The fact that we hosted an event with close to 400,000 visitors proved that the volunteers, city staff and business community can pull together to make something of this magnitude happen. It is an honour to recognize the Tall Ships organizers with the Gateway Award!

A Gateway award was also presented to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. The site commemorates the history of the west coast fishing industry.
2002 American Sail Training Association (ASTA) 2002 Port City of the Year Award
The award was based on the City's hosting of Richmond Tall Ships 2002, which was called an unqualified success by ASTAs Race Director Steve Baker. Richmond was a great host for ASTA and the tall ships, said Baker. The organizing committee, City staff and volunteers worked amazingly hard. The enthusiastic welcome the tall ships received from the people of Richmond was just astounding.

The Richmond festival was part of ASTAs 2002 Tall Ships Challenge Series, which also included stops in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, as well as a trans-Pacific race from Japan to Canada.
2002 BCMA British Columbia Medical Associations Award of Excellence in Health Promotions
The City was honoured for its diverse efforts throughout the community, which promote good physical and mental health. The City of Richmond has made a determined effort to promote healthy living throughout our community, says Alison Dennis, the City's Wellness coordinator. This award shows our efforts are making a difference. The purpose of the BCMA Health Promotion Award program is to highlight specific efforts of individuals and organizations working towards a positive, long-term impact on the health and safety of groups and individuals in BC. In recognizing these efforts, the association hopes to encourage others to undertake similar health promotion activities. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and to collaborate with others to promote health and wellness around the province.
2002 Canada Post Canada Post Literacy Award for Community Leadership
In recognition for the nearly 1,900 programs sponsored by Richmond Public Library to serve the diverse needs of the Richmond community. Over 55,000 learners took part in programs including ESL conversation circles, after-school tutoring for youngsters, a reading buddies program, programs in computer literacy, a writing contest for young adults, and an immigrant orientation program. This award recognizes Richmond Public Library for contributing to literacy in our community.
2002 Library Journal Library Journal Movers and Shakers
In recognition of Cate McNeely, Deputy Chief Librarian, Richmond Public Library, for her leadership in the library field in the category of Visionaries. This nomination recognizes "those individuals who are enhancing the way we provide service, who are making us think about what we do and how we do it, who are creating new models for others to use".
2002 ExplorASIAN ExplorASIAN Canadian Heritage Award for Community Building Through Arts & Culture
In recognition of Richmond Public Library's significant contribution to strengthening the community infrastructure for culture and the arts in Richmond.
2002 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada & Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Medal for Architecture
Richmond City HallRichmond City Hall has been named as one of 12 winners of the 2002 Governor Generals Medals in Architecture, as selected by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, presented the  medals to the architects of the 12 winning built projects at a May 23rd ceremony at Rideau Hall to be attended by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and representatives of the project architects, Hotson Bakker / Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Associated Architects.
2002 BC Human Resources Management Association Award of Excellence
George Duncan, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Richmond, March 5 1997 to July 31 2002, and August 2003 to present, was honoured with a prestigious 2002 Award of Excellence from the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association (BC HRMA). George Duncan, CAOThe BC HRMA Award of Excellence honours outstanding individuals, teams and organizations whose people practices reflect the leadership and innovation that deliver strategic advantage with sustainable results. Duncan was one of four winners honoured at the 2002 awards ceremony on March 26, 2002.

Duncan was cited for his innovative leadership, strategic thinking and consistent commitment to creating a positive work environment for City staff.
2002 British Columbia Technology Industry Association  Award for the Best Application of Web Technology
The City of Richmond has won another award for its unique use of wireless technology to monitor its extensive dikes and drainage network. Richmond uses Information Builders WebFOCUS application to support up-to-the-minute mobile monitoring of its critical pumping system, which helps prevents low-lying Richmond from the Fraser River.

Richmond has about 40 pumping stations installed along the dikes surrounding the islands that make up the city. The pumps operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep water out and protect the City's storm drainage system. The WebFOCUS application allows staff of the City's Engineering and Public Works Division to efficiently and effectively respond to alerts, track pump status and monitor trends via wireless devices
2002 Burns Bog Society Spirit of the Cranes Award for Environmental Excellence in Education.
School Program Coordinator for the Richmond Nature Park, Lori Bartley, was presented with this award on March 9th, in recognition of significant contributions to the environment. She was recognized for her "devotion to her craft as demonstrated by her continual search for innovative program ideas and opportunities to raise the profile of the Richmond Nature Park."
2002 The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Regional Honour Award
The greening of Richmond's No. 3 Road has won recognition from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA). The City was recipient of this award for the landscape design associated with the introduction of the 98 B-Line bus service along No. 3 Road, Richmond's primary traffic corridor.

A new bus way was constructed along No.3 Road to provide dedicated access for the new 98 B-Line enhanced bus service. At the same time, extensive new landscaping features and attractive street furnishings were also introduced to No. 3 Road. The effect was aimed at creating a more people-friendly scale and environmentally-attractive look to the City's main street.

Council and City staff have made it our goal for Richmond to be the most appealing and livable City in Canada, said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. 
2002 Mediacorp Canada Inc., One of Canada's Top 100 Employers
The City of Richmond has been named in Macleans magazine as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers. Toronto-based Mediacorp Canada Inc., has ranked 42,000 companies to select the top 100 for a guide book to be released  in bookstores.

Although there were numerous measures used to create the list, Company president Tony Meehan said two were overriding: the company could not have laid anyone off in the past year, and it had to be a leader in its field.
2002 Information Builders I-Business Innovative Use of Technology
The City was one of three winners of the new i-business awards, presented by Information Builders, a leader in web-based intelligence. Richmond was honoured for most innovative use of technology. The City uses Information Builders' WebFocus application to support up-to-the-minute mobile monitoring of its critical pumping system, which helps keep drainage water flowing out into the Fraser River to prevent flooding in Richmond. Richmond has about 40 pumping stations installed along the dikes surrounding the islands that make up the city. The pumps operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep water out and protect the City's storm drainage system.
2001 Union of BC Municipalities Best Local Government Internet Web Site Award
The City of Richmond Web Site was the second time Winner in the Large Community category with populations of 50,000 or more.  These awards  are presented to recognize programs that are successful in raising awareness of local government in the community.
2001 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Environmental Award
The City of Richmond has received two prestigious national honours for its Environmental Purchasing Guide, a manual that encourages City staff to think "green" when making purchases. The Guide has captured the Environmental Award in the 2001 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators - USFilter awards program for excellence in municipal administration. In addition, the Guide received an honourable mention for a FCM - CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for excellence in service delivery.

When making everyday buying decisions City staff are encouraged to choose competitively-priced products that limit the use of natural resources and maximize the use of recycled materials.
2001 Heritage Society of BC Award Award of Honour
Presented for the Heritage Inventory Online project. The Award was presented at the annual conference held on June 2nd.  The Inventory is a database of the important heritage resources in Richmond. It can include anything of a physical, cultural or social nature that is unique to, and valued by a community that can be passed from generation to generation.
2001 Richmond Chamber of Commerce City of Richmond Executive of the Year Award - Public Sector
Awarded to Greg Buss, Chief Librarian, Richmond Public Library. This award is in recognition for outstanding achievement in the Public Sector and is sponsored by Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the City of Richmond.
2001 British Columbia Library Association (BCLA) Achievement in Library Services Award
Cate McNeely, the Deputy Chief of Richmond Public Library, was presented with this award which recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding and substantial contribution to librarianship in B.C. McNeely "has been instrumental in planning and implementing new library programs and services for several years, and is unequalled in her dedication to promoting libraries," said library board chair Perry Mazzone. "Cate's visionary approach to library service enabled the new Ironwood Branch - "The Library of the Future" - to become a reality, and she has brought our state-of-the-art services and collections to the attention of libraries worldwide," added Mazzone. 
2001 B.C. Library Association Keith Sacre Library Champion Award
Awarded to Richmond Public Library's most dedicated library supporter - Kwok-Chu Lee (Master Lam Chun) -  in recognition of his strong support and outstanding contribution to libraries. Mr. Lee has been one of the library's strongest and most esteemed library supporters. Since 1995, Mr. Lee's cash donations have well exceeded $125,000 and his donation of Chinese language books totals over 30,000 books. No single donor has made as significant a contribution to the Library as Mr. Lee. The Library's Chinese language collection contains over 65,000 books and is one of the largest of its kind in Canada. 
2001 Jessie Richardson Theatre Society Jessie Richardson Award
The Gateway production of Be Still captured awards in the Small Theatre category for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" and "Outstanding Set Design".
2001 Canadian Institute of Mining Order of Sancta Barbara
Mary Keen, President of the Friends of the Richmond Archives, has won this prestigious national award. The Canadian Institute of Mining noted Keen's many years of volunteer activities in communities across Canada. She has also contributed her volunteer time and interest in Richmond's past through research and the publication of local history. Her book, "We Will Remember Them, The lives behind the Richmond Cenotaph," won an award from the Richmond Heritage Commission earlier the same year. Keen has had two previous works of local history published: "Meeting Places - Richmond's Town Halls 1879-1995" and "No Idle Hands - From the Parlour to the Rec Room: Leisure Choices in Richmond, 1875-1955."