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Awards 1997 - 2000

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
2000 International Nations in Bloom Competition Most Beautiful City Award
First Place for medium sized cities (population 50,000 to 300,000) in the prestigious international NATIONS IN BLOOM competition. The awards were judged by six international experts in the field of horticulture and the environment. Among the issues addressed were: Richmond's unique location at the mouth of the Fraser River on the Pacific Flyway; managing rapid population growth, with its attendant traffic challenges; preservation of heritage sites; extensive community involvement in recycling & Partners in Beautification initiatives; the installation and maintenance of beautiful medians, boulevards, street banners, and the successful annual city garden contest; careful stewardship of environmentally sensitive areas and parks.
2000 Union of BC Municipalities Best Local Government Internet Web Site Award
The City of Richmond Web Site was Winner in the Large Community category with populations of 50,000 or more. In making the award the following remarks were made: "Our Local Government Awareness Committee was very impressed by your site, and also by the excellent submission that really gave them a sense of what you were trying to do with your site and why it has been changing.... They were also quite impressed by the extensive use of e-commerce."
2000 Vancouver Regional Construction Association Awards Presented to Contractors
Contractors were recognized for their excellent work on the Richmond City Hall Construction Project. Smith Bros and Wilson, our concrete trade, won the award for best trade contractor and Dominion took second place for best general contractor in the over $10M category.
2000 B.C. Recreation & Parks Association Facility Excellence Award
Watermania Aquatic Centre has received the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association's Facility Excellence Award 2000. Presented as Provincial recognition for excellence in facility concept, design, development, maintenance, or operation. The winning facility must demonstrate outstanding and/or innovative aspects that have made or could make significant impact in the Recreation/Parks field.
2000 Canadian Library Association CLA Information Today Award
The Richmond Public Library has received the Canadian Library Association/Information Today Award for Innovation for development of the Library Online product. This prestigious award, which consists of $500 U.S. and a plaque, recognizes Library Online as the most important technological innovation in a Canadian library during the past year, and is sponsored by the publishing company Information Today. Library Online gives library customers access to service from home, school or office and is easily accessible via the Web at: Library Online enables customers to reserve Internet Stations, register and pay for courses, apply for a library card online, and pay any charges they might have. Library Online not only provides better access to library users, but frees up staff to provide better customer service. Awarded in Edmonton June 2000.
2000 BC Library Trustees Association Nancy Bennett Award of Merit
The Nancy Bennett Award is given to honour a Library Trustee who has made significant and lasting contribution to a Library Board. The honour went to Corisande Percival-Smith of the Richmond Public Library Board. Awarded in Kelowna May 2000 .
2000 American Library Association Best of Show for Public Relations
Richmond Public Library was awarded honourable mention for its Annual Report.
2000 Jessie Richardson Theatre Society Jesse Richardson Award
Richmond Gateway Theatre's production of Forever Plaid was honoured with several Jesse awards including "Significant Achievement, Ensemble Performance".
1999 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA)
Royal Bank Awards
Willis Award for Excellence and Exceptional Innovation in Canadian Municipal Administration
The Willis Award is the highest honour presented to a local government administration. The 1999 winner, for the unprecedented second consecutive year, is the City of Richmond, whose submissions included the Ironwood Branch of the Richmond Public Library, which was highlighted for top honours; the Civic Beautification Strategy, and the Partners in Beautification Program. The Ironwood "Library of the Future," which is being modelled as a prototype for branch libraries across North America, provides a unique combination of the latest in retail design, extensive digital technology for the public, and an emphasis on automation that has resulted in a new standard for customer service and staff efficiency.

The judges indicated that they were extremely impressed with all three submissions, and commented on the excellence of the entire package being a key factor in giving the Willis Award to Richmond.
1999 National Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP) CBIP Award
Design award for Energy Management for a building design that has reduced energy consumption by 25 percent or more. Included is a $65,000 prize.
1999 B.C. Recreation & Parks Association Program Excellence
Richmond Teen Program
This award was received for a joint project between the City, the community associations, and the Vancouver Foundation to hire full time youth coordinators in six community areas. The project implements goals of the Youth Strategy Report which states our commitment to involving youth in planning services and programs that affect them.
1999 American Library Association Highsmith Library Innovation
The award was for use of technology in library programs. The award also recognized the library's web site. The award included $2,000 US prize.
1999 BC Library Association BLCA Merit Award
For the Library's design and planning of the Ironwood Branch.
1999 BC Library Trustee Association Super Trustee Award
The Super Trustee Award was given to former Library Board chair Jim Chu for his contribution to the success of Richmond Public Library
1999 American Library Association Highsmith Award
This award was given for creative programs and services using technology and for the Library's Internet training initiatives that benefited communities across BC.
1999 Canadian Library Association Faxon Award
This award was given for public relations and marketing.
1999 Vancouver Natural History Society Beamish Award
Recognizing achievements of those who have contributed to the field of environmental education. Awarded to Kris Bauder, of the Richmond Nature Park, in recognition of her "significant contribution in the field of nature education".
1998 Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA)
Royal Bank Awards
Willis Award for Excellence and Exceptional Innovation in Canadian Municipal Administration
Willis award for innovation received by the City for developing a fully integrated system which enables the public - via telephone, internet or an internet based multi-purpose interactive public access kiosk - to access City information or make payments to the City related to property taxes, utility bills, parking tickets, or the purchase of garbage tags. Richmond was one of only two municipalities across Canada to receive an award in 1998, and the only municipality with a population of more than 20,000.
1998 National Communities in Bloom Contest Most Beautiful City Award
First place for Cities between 100,000 - 300,000 population across Canada with "Special Mention for Heritage Conservation". Based on efforts related to the management, planning, maintenance and innovative approaches towards the City's appearance, with particular emphasis in the areas of tidiness, landscaping, community involvement, environmental protection, heritage resources, and urban forestry. The National Chairman commented "The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation was most evident."
1998 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Race Relations Award:
Honourable Mention for Leadership in Promoting Social Harmony
First honourable mention in 1998 for "pursuing over many years a program of activities towards achieving inclusive government".
1998 Heritage Society of BC Outstanding Achievement Award
Award for outstanding achievement for a heritage project was presented to the Britannia Heritage Shipyard, with particular emphasis on the Murakami Visitors Centre project, including the quality of research, involvement of the Japanese/Canadian family, and the interpretation aspects of the centre.
1998 BC Hydro 10th BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award
For pursuing opportunities to improve energy-efficiency by upgrading buildings, designing new buildings to optimize efficiency, and adopting innovative technologies to monitor and control energy use.
1998 Canadian Architectural Magazine 1998 Canadian Architect Award of Merit for Architectural Design
Awarded to Hotson Bakker/Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects for their design of the new Richmond City Hall to be opened in March of 2000.
1998 BC Library Association BCLA Merit Award
For outstanding service. This award focuses on the accomplishments and leadership of the Library's Internet training, education and services.
1997 PC Docs Docs Summit Award
for Outstanding Docs Open Solution
Industry award by PC DOCS for the best application of their product world-wide (best of 15 submitted). Presented to the City in recognition of the technological solution developed by the City's REDMS ( Richmond Enterprise Document Management System) Team, for scanning invoices and their supporting documentation into digital format, and integrating this with the City's PeopleSoft financial system. It was noted that "the City had created an atmosphere which allowed its employees to take creative innovative risks."
1997 BC Hydro 10th BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award
For pursuing opportunities to improve energy-efficiency by upgrading buildings, designing new buildings to optimize efficiency, and adopting innovative technologies to monitor and control energy use.
1997 American Library Association Young Adult Writing Contest
Recognized by the American Library Association as one of the top North American Library Programs.
1997 Jessie Richardson Theatre Society Jessie Richardson Award
Awarded to the Gateway Theatre in the category of Significant Achievement in Community Outreach, for the production of Fault Lines, by Betty Quan.