Local Government

New Community Recognition Awards initiative (10/06/10)

NB 943

June 10, 2010

TRACADIE-SHEILA (CNB) - A recognition program has been created to highlight and applaud community programs and to promote best practices and leadership in the municipal sector.

Local Government Minister Chris Collins made the announcement today.

"The Community Recognition Awards initiative invites municipal and rural community officials and administrators to nominate a program or activity that helped strengthen their community's administration and contributed to long-term community viability," said Collins. "The notion of this initiative is that 'action inspires action' across communities."

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges from a variety of sectors and the top-scoring submission will receive a $5,000 grant in support of a community project or program.

Nominations are now being accepted until Sept. 17 under three categories:

The nominated program or activity must: represent a municipality or rural community; have operated using all necessary permits, licences and approvals (if any) and complied with applicable bylaws, legislation and regulatory approvals; and reflect a program or activity that was implemented within the past five years. Projects dating to 2005 are admissible.

"Municipal officials are the backbone of our communities and our government is proud to recognize their dedication and contribution and to thank them for their outstanding work in helping to build a self-sufficient province," said Collins. "They play a leadership role within the municipal sector and it is beneficial for them to learn from one another's actions and innovations. Each day, New Brunswickers benefit from the work of these individuals, and today thanks to our new initiative, they will receive the recognition they deserve."



MEDIA CONTACT: Mark Barbour, communications, Department of Local Government, 506-444-4693.