2008 awards and achievements

City of Guelph employees donated more than $54,000 to the United Way of Guelph Wellington in 2008 and received the Spirit Award for the Public Sector.

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Guelph was named Canada’s most caring city and the volunteer capital of Canada by Maclean’s magazine; 70% of Guelph citizens volunteer.

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The City of Guelph was honoured with the national Don Rennie Memorial Award for Excellence in Government Communications for outstanding achievement, and a Canadian Public Relations Society Award of Merit for internal communications.

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Ward 5 Councillor Lise Burcher was appointed to the Green Municipal Funds Council by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Board of Directors.

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The City of Guelph was awarded the Employer of Distinction Award from the Guelph District Human Resource Professional Association and will carry the honour throughout 2009.

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Ward 2 Councillor Vicki Beard was among only five from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to be recognized by the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) with a Pollinator Advocate Award. The award honours her work to protect pollinator habitats. Guelph’s Pollinator Park, proposed for the former Eastview Landfill site, has achieved international attention; it was featured in Canadian Geographic as the Wildlife Story of the Year, and in other international publications.

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The City of Guelph was honoured with the Ontario Public Works Association’s Project of the Year Award for the Victoria Road Bridge Reconstruction.

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The Association of Municipal Recycling Coordinators recognized the City of Guelph’s 2008 Conservation Calendar as one of the top three municipal calendars in the province.

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Guelph Police Services continued to support community charities though events including Tug for Tots, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Bowl for Big Brothers, Annual City-wide Bicycle Rodeo, Cops for Cancer, Sirens for Life, and Cops and Kids Christmas.

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Guelph’s Chief Engineer was named Ontario Good Roads Association’s Volunteer of the Year, earning a spot on the Ontario Public Works Association Board of Directors.

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The City of Guelph placed sixth in 2008’s Blackout Day Challenge out of 38 Ontario municipalities.