City of Guelph honoured for excellent communications

Communications plan for 2014 election awarded Gold Quill Excellence Award

Guelph, ON, April 21, 2015 – The City Guelph has been honoured for excellence in communications by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

The City’s 2014 municipal election communications plan—My Guelph, My Vote—which focused on ensuring residents were aware of and involved in the municipal voting process, has been awarded an IABC 2015 Gold Quill Excellence Award in the government communication programs (communications management) category. The award honours the dedication, innovation and passion of communicators on a global scale, and recognizes excellence in strategic communications.

Communications Officer Alison Thompson, who led the implementations efforts, will accept the award on the City’s behalf in June.

“This communications plan embodies the City of Guelph’s commitment to communications excellence and two-way communications,” says Guelph’s CAO Ann Pappert. “It honours our work to raise the bar in local government—in part by encouraging citizens to become part of a conversation. And just as importantly, it generated results—namely, an 11 per cent increase in voter turnout over 2010.”

As one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry, the IABC Gold Quill Awards honour communication skills in research, management, training and education, public relations programs, and tactics created and implemented by communicators and organizations from all sectors of the communications profession, globally: government, business, agency, trade associations and not-for-profit organizations. The City of Guelph applied for the award in early January.

The City of Guelph has earned 10 awards for communications excellence in recent years, including this, its first-ever Gold Quill.

For more information

Tara Sprigg, General Manager, Corporate Communications and Customer Service
Corporate Services
519-822-1260 extension 2610
tara.sprigg@guelph.ca