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Awards

Awards 2006 - 2010

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
2010 Canadian Public Works Association 2010 National Public Works Week
First Time Entry, Medium Centre
Every day, Richmond’s Public Works staff are busy repairing potholes, constructing roads, ensuring a safe water supply and responding quickly to emergency situations. While most days they quietly go about their jobs, once a year they take time to celebrate their accomplishments with the community.

“It is a real testament to the events, educational outreach, and the quality of the programs involved in their National Public Works Week awareness campaign, that the City of Richmond won the ‘first time entry’ and ‘medium centre’ categories,” says CPWA NPWW chairperson Randy Borsa. “The Engineering and Public Works Department did an excellent job of presenting and illustrating the importance of public works in community life at the open house, and it was impressive the City had a large number of departmental staff participate in some aspect of the campaign.”
2010 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Community Excellence Award
The innovative partnership between the City of Richmond and Tourism Richmond in marketing the 2010 Olympic Winter Games has won a Community Excellence Award from the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM).

Richmond was named as the winner in the Partnerships -Tourism category of this year’s awards, which were presented at the UBCM’s annual convention in Whistler last week. The category honours two or more partners who have collaborated on a joint venture or initiative with outstanding results.
2010 Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police / Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness
“The City of Richmond took a lead role in planning the live scenario for Exercise Gold,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Emergency Programs and Richmond Fire-Rescue staff worked closely with Emergency Management BC and Public Safety Canada to create a realistic scenario that would test both the first responders as well as the various levels of governments’ ability to respond to and communicate during such a large event.”

The City gratefully acknowledges the financial contribution from Public Safety Canada and Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative for Exercise Gold and the expertise of International Safety Research in scenario design and exercise coordination. Richmond continues its commitment to Emergency Preparedness by working with first responders and government partners on a variety of initiatives.
2010 BC Recreation and Parks Association 2010 BCRPA Provincial Award
What’s the secret to building a multi-award winning park? Allow children to be involved in the design so they can add elements most adults wouldn’t think of - banks of sand, rock and water channels and old growth stumps and logs.

“Garden City Community Park Play Environment is a true gem in Richmond’s city centre,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The vision for this park was to create a place where children could use all five of their senses and enjoy nature. While the park has won numerous awards, the biggest reward is seeing so many children climbing, laughing and playing.”
2010 British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects Corporate Community Service Award
The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects presented Richmond with its Corporate Community Service Award at a ceremony on April 24, 2010. The criteria for winning this award include consistently providing a high quality environment as part if its everyday activities and doing an outstanding job of integrating business activities and facilities into the fabric of the city.

City projects highlighted in the award include Richmond’s new City Centre Area Plan that takes into consideration the optimum population that the City Centre can support at full build out, incorporating transit oriented development principles, sustainability best practices and encouragement of green infrastructure.
2009 Canadian Wood Council / BC Wood WORKS! Wood Design Award - Institutional Wood Design
Canadian Wood Council / BC Wood WORKS! awarded the Richmond Olympic Oval with the 2009 Institutional Wood Design Award for the and inviting aesthetics of the wood roof . Fast & Epp Structural Engineers received the award. The BC Wood WORKS! 2009 Wood Design Awards competition demonstrates how wood can deliver everything from warmth and beauty to leading-edge technological solutions - meeting the needs of any project, large or small. 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.
2009 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction BC 2009 Steel Design Award of Excellence in Engineering
This annual award was given to the Richmond Olympic Oval. It is presented to steel structures that showcase efficient use of steel in unique applications, in the categories of architecture, engineering and sustainability.
2009 Wood Design and Building Magazine 2009 Wood Design Awards - Honour Award
The 2009 Wood Design and Building Awards is a North American-wide award that celebrates wood building innovation and achievement. A jury of industry leaders selected the Richmond Olympic Oval as an Honour Award recipient, the highest level of achievement possible, because of its use of wood to achieve a “structural feat driven by cultural and sustainability criteria. Wood was used to connect with the First Nations building aesthetic and showcase the province’s resources on a world stage. The Wood Design Awards and Wood Design & Building magazine are produced by the Canadian Wood Council.
2009 Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Award for Sports or Leisure Structures

The Richmond Olympic Oval has captured Gold in a showdown between the most acclaimed venues of the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games.

Fast + Epp Structural Engineers received the Gold award for Sports or Leisure Structures in the prestigious Institution of Structural Engineers 2009 Structural Awards which were announced in London, England last Friday. The Oval was competing against a field of international short-listed projects, including the 2008 Olympic Games’ Beijing National Stadium (a.k.a. Bird’s Nest) and the new retractable roof at Wimbledon’s Centre Court in London, England.

This is the first major international award for the Richmond Olympic Oval, which is also currently short-listed for the World Architecture Festival Awards in the Structural Design category.

The Richmond Olympic Oval, designed by architectural firm Cannon Design, is a multi-purpose sports and recreation facility that will serve as the speed skating venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. The Oval’s one-of-a-kind 6.5 acre roof structure features hollow, triangular-shaped composite wood steel arches. Spanning the arches are “Wood Wave” panels constructed from one million feet of pine-beetle kill wood boards from the forests of British Columbia. As one of the largest timber roofs in the world, it not only represents an economical design solution, but also striking aesthetic quality and enhanced acoustic performance.

2009 Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
The City of Richmond has received the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting for the sixth consecutive year. The award is for its 2007 annual financial report.

The award winning report was designed, written, and economically produced, printed and bound exclusively by City staff, without using out-of-house resources.

Established by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, the award encourages municipal governments to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.
2009 Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (VANOC) Sustainability Star
The Richmond Olympic Oval, recognized worldwide as a hallmark of sustainable design and construction unique to a large-scale facility, was awarded a Sustainability Star by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee (VANOC).

“The Sustainability Star program has been created to recognize our partners who have demonstrated excellence in rising to the challenge of creating projects with positive and measurable social, economic and environmental assets that are new to the Games or Host Region,” said Ann Duffy, VANOC’s corporate sustainability officer. “We’re continuing to work towards improving the sustainability performance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games by leaving a living legacy that continues long after the Games here are done.”
2009 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence
Architectural Innovation Category
The jury praised the Oval and Cannon Design, the international firm which designed the structure, for its innovative use of pine beetle-killed wood spanning the “elegant” roof and the seamless integration of the mechanical systems, as well as the building’s transparency, which maximizes daylight.

“We are honoured and thrilled that the Richmond Olympic Oval and Cannon Design have been recognized for its innovation by such a distinguished Canadian organization,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “From conception our vision was to create a facility that would serve the residents of Richmond long after the Games had concluded. Cannon Design shared our goal and to achieve it, they introduced the many innovative and sustainable features that have made the Oval a showcase of cutting-edge green building practices.”

The Richmond Olympic Oval won one of three awards in the Architectural Innovation category. The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada is the leading voice of architecture in Canada. It issues a call for submissions every two years for its Awards of Excellence.
2008 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role
26th Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
This award was presented to Celine Stubel for My Chernobyl presented at the Gateway Theatre  

This was one of eleven nominations received by Gateway Theatre for this season's productions, the greatest number garnered in company history. 

Nominations were for the 07/08 Jessie Richardson Awards which celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Metro Vancouver Professional Theatre community. The Jessie Awards Ceremony took place June 30 2008.

We congratulate our nominees:

Karyn McCallum - Outstanding Set Design, My Fair Lady
Lois Anderson - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role, Shirley Valentine

My Chernobyl (now nicknamed The Little Reactor That Could) was nominated for nine awards, more than any other theatre company in the Small Theatre category. Nominees are:

Outstanding Production - Gateway Theatre
Outstanding Original Script - Aaron Bushkowsky
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role - Celine Stubel
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Colleen Wheeler
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role - Allan Morgan
Outstanding Direction - Britt Small
Outstanding Set Design - Janis Ward
Outstanding Costume Design - Janis Ward
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition - Britt Small & Jacob Richmond
2008 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) Environmental Award
The City of Richmond’s Terra Nova Rural Park project was recognized for its innovative planning approach and use of community partnerships to develop a major new City park, while carefully protecting key natural and historic elements of the site.

Terra Nova Rural Park is "so much more than the traditional city park,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It is really four parks in one. It will provide great public amenities while preserving elements of the area’s farming and fishing heritage and the area’s critical natural environment. We will even be taking the extraordinary step of safely breaching the dyke so that the Fraser River can once again feed the waterways within the site."

“As well, programs like the Edible Schoolyard and Richmond Sharing Farm are examples of the community working together to not only enjoy this great new park, but use it to provide assistance to others, promote urban agriculture and educate the next generation.”

Key elements of the Terra Nova Rural Park plan including preserving the historic remnants of farming and fishing heritage within the site, preserving and restoring existing and natural habitats and promoting urban agriculture through community gardens and other programs, while weaving public amenities such as trails and picnic areas carefully into the natural environment Significant development of the new park plan began in 2006 and is about 60 per cent completed.

The CAMA Awards recognize the achievements of local governments and their chief administrators in the development and implementation of successful programs, projects or services. The CAMA Awards are considered among the prestigious awards for municipal governments in Canada. This is the fourth CAMA Award won by Richmond.

The Terra Nova Park project has also received numerous other national and international honours. Last year, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association honoured the City with its 2007 Award of Excellence for Innovation for the Terra Nova park project. And, the Terra Nova project was one of the centrepieces of Richmond’s entry in the prestigious 2007 International Liveable Communities Awards, where the City captured first and second place trophies in the United Nations-supported competition.
2008 DiverseCity Community Resource Society Cultural DiverseCity Award for Business
Not-For-Profit Category
Richmond is a culturally diverse community, with many unique stories to tell. The Richmond Museum Society has committed itself to telling these stories, with exhibits such as “Colours of Asia,” “Hong Wo Store” and the “Heritage of Faith.” These exhibits, as well as the Richmond/Delta Regional Heritage Fair, have earned the society this recognition.

The awards committee was impressed that the Museum's exhibits have repeatedly been a showcase for the community's rich cultural diversity. The museum's "Colours of Asia" exhibit was an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the Museum's phenomenal Asian collection, to reach out and consult with Richmond’s Asian residents and to explore the diversity of traditions and values that characterize this community.

The "Heritage of Faith" exhibit explained and explored the many religious groups that make Richmond their home. It focused on the over 20 temples, mosques and churches along No. 5 Road, also known as "the highway to heaven."

The awards committee was also impressed with how the Museum's school programs reflect the multiculturalism of our area, especially with the Richmond/Delta Regional Heritage Fair where over 200 Richmond and Delta students come together and celebrate Canadian history, heritage and diversity.
2008 American Public Works Association International Project of the Year Award
With provincial and federal government grant funding of $1.4 million, the City of Richmond was able to complete approximately one kilometre of dyke improvements deemed necessary in relation to the 2007 spring freshet regional flooding concerns.

The City’s multiple objectives and sustainable approach were key factors in winning the award. The City assembled an interdisciplinary planning team, including engineering and ecological expertise, and developed an innovative design to meet both the flood management and ecological needs of the site. The design avoided the typical long-term ecological impairment to the riparian and intertidal areas along the dyke and resulted in a ‘Net Plus’ environmental impact – a vast improvement over conventional dyke design.
2007 Suburban Newspapers of America Best Young People’s Coverage
Since 2006, Richmond youth have been using the art of writing to have a voice in the community, and breakdown stereotypes of youth. Founded in October 2006, R-View is a youth written and driven publication that is produced in partnership with Richmond Review staff.

R-View was one of only a handful of Canadian publications to win this Editorial award in the field of predominately American award winners.

“This recognition for R-View is a testament to the hard work and professionalism of the youth who make up the R-View team,” explains Wayne Yee, Youth Services Advisor for the City of Richmond. “We also want to extend our sincere thanks to Bhreandain Clugston and Martin van den Hemel, from the Richmond Review, who volunteer hours of their own time providing journalistic and technical mentoring. Their mentorship fully illustrates how adults can support and enrich the sparks, like writing, that all youth in our community have.”

The purpose of R-View is to develop a journalism based, work experience for youth roughly 13-19 yrs
2007 International Awards for Liveable Communities
UN Environment Programme
LivCom:
Winner Healthy Lifestyles &
2nd Place Whole City Categories
The City of Richmond was presented two prestigious awards at the International Awards for Liveable Communities in London, UK. In this annual competition, referred to as the LivCom Awards, Richmond was named the overall winner for the Healthy Lifestyles award – beating all other finalists in all size categories. Richmond also earned second place in its size category for the Whole City Award and received Gold level status for the overall judging.

The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. LivCom is the world’s only Awards Competition focusing on Best Practice regarding the management of the local environment. The objective of LivCom is to improve the quality of life of individual citizens through the creation of liveable communities.

Richmond was one of eight finalists for the Whole City Award in the category for communities with populations between 75,001 and 200,000. Ipswich was awarded first place and Oshawa came in third for the Whole City Award in this size category.

The LivCom Awards were formally known as the International Nations In Bloom. Richmond previously won this competition in 2000.
2007 Canadian Parks & Recreation Association (CPRA) Award of Excellence for Innovation
The uniqueness of Terra Nova was recognized by this award presented the City of Richmond for the Terra Nova Rural Park Plan: The Power of Community Engagement.

Terra Nova Rural Park has become a special place for people to experience Richmond’s natural and cultural landscape. On any given day, residents can be seen cycling along the dyke or tending to their gardens. The remnants of pioneer settlers’ homes provide a reflection of the early days of Richmond while the community gardens allow school children and volunteers to experience our agricultural tradition.”

The park features a community garden and farm where volunteers grow and harvest organic fruit and vegetables for the local food bank. The volunteers also run school programs to give children hands-on gardening experience and teach them about food security while providing them the opportunity to grow food from seed to harvest.

The City received this award for the planning and development of this rural park. The CPRA recognized the community’s mobilization to protect the area from residential development and the City’s leadership in purchasing the land. The CPRA also appreciated how the biodiversity elements of the park were identified and the community was engaged in planning the development of the park
2007 Community Energy Association’s Honourable Mention Energy Aware Awards
The Hamilton and Sea Island fire halls in Richmond are not like traditional fire halls - both were built to exceed nationally set sustainable high performance building standards.

Both fire halls, which opened this spring, were built to North American LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and when certification on the two are complete, the Hamilton fire hall is expected to be the first LEED Gold level fire hall in Canada.

The many energy saving features incorporated into the design, construction, and operation of the fire halls are achieving savings up to 60 per cent. They include:
  • Geothermal heating (heating and cooling that is achieved through moving heat energy to and from the earth)
  • Natural ventilation with operable windows and day lighting, to enhance lighting and air quality while reducing energy consumption
  • Solar walls, panels and water collection tanks
  • Landscape plantings to create shade and wind micro climates to reduce cooling costs in summer months
The Community Energy Association’s Energy Aware Award is offered annually to a municipality or regional district implementing a project or program that best integrates energy planning into community planning processes and development strategies.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
2007 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Finalist Seven Wonders of Canada
Richmond's No. 5 Road, otherwise known as the "Highway to Heaven" was selected as one of 52 finalists in the 2007 Seven Wonders of Canada contest organized by the CBC's The National and Sounds Like Canada CBC Radio program to choose Canada's most outstanding features.

No. 5 Road features numerous churches, temples and other places of worship, representing a multitude of different religious faiths, all congregated in a short strip of this Richmond roadway. It was selected as a finalist to represent Canada's multiculturalism and the ability of Canadians to coexist peacefully regardless of religion, race or culture. It will be judged against 51 other competitors in a contest that will consider both a popular vote and judged criteria with the winner to be announced later in 2007. Other contestants range from natural wonders such as Niagara Falls and the Northern Lights to manmade wonders such as the CN Tower and cultural icons such as the igloo.
2007 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award
The 15th Annual Power Smart Excellence Awards recognize customers and partners who are leading the way in implementing Power Smart solutions in the design, construction and renovation of buildings; applying innovative energy-efficient process improvements; or providing leadership in environmentally responsible practices and community involvement.

Awarded for Excellence in Energy Management, BC Hydro recognized Richmond' for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency and innovation. The City of Richmond earned the honour by embedding a culture of conservation throughout their operations. Everyone, from the Mayor on down is involved in conservation. Richmond incorporates higher energy performance into new and existing buildings, performs energy audits in all medium and large facilities and is investigating new technologies including web-based sports field lighting controls and LED streetlights. Richmond also approved the concept of creating, operating and owning a district energy utility to use waste heat and other sustainable energy sources to heat buildings.
2007 Bell Canada True Sport Community Award
Richmond was the recipient of  this prestigious award at the Canadian Sport Awards held March 23, 2007 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

The Bell True Sport Community Award promotes the importance of values based sport and publicly recognizes those communities that are living examples of fair and ethical sport initiatives.

Richmond’s True Sport Community Award submission highlighted five best practices examples of how the City of Richmond, Richmond Sport Council and community sport groups work together to provide opportunities for Richmond residents to experience the many benefits that come with participating in sport activities in the community.
2006 BC Hydro Power Smart Honourable Mention
The City of Richmond received a honourable mention for excellence in energy management at BC Hydro’s annual awards banquet  where organizations from throughout the Province were honoured for leadership in energy efficiency.

Richmond, one of nine BC Hydro Power Smart Certified clients, continues to be the only Power Smart Certified municipality in the province. Richmond has held this status since 2003 thanks to its outstanding record and continuing commitment to reducing energy use.
2006 International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences 2006 Webby Awards Official Honoree
2006 Webby Honoree LogoThe Webby Awards, the leading international award program for websites, recently recognized The City of Richmond Website as an Official Honoree, a distinction that recognizes sites exhibiting remarkable achievement.

Hailed as the “Online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Internet inventor Vinton Cerf, Naked Chef Jamie Oliver, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honours the outstanding websites that are setting the standards for the internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards. “Richmond’s Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”
2006 Government Finance Officers Association Canadian Award for Financial Reporting
Richmond has received this award for the third consecutive  year. The award is for its 2004 annual financial report.  Established by the Government  Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, the award encourages municipal governments to publish high quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports.

The City of Richmond’s award winning report was designed, written, and economically produced, printed and bound exclusively by City staff without using out-of-house resources.