2009 awards and achievements

  • Maclean’s magazine identified Guelph as the fourth smartest city in Canada, ranking it according to the Canadian Council on Learning’s 2009 Composite Learning Index. Guelph placed first in the “learning to live together” category.
  • Guelph was named one of Canada’s top ten places to live for University graduates, mid-career professionals, families with children, and retirees. The designation came from Richard Florida, author of Who’s Your City and director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
  • City of Guelph employees contributed more than $54,000 to the United Way of Guelph & Wellington.
  • Guelph Police Service members raised more than $5,600 in support of the “Cops and Kids Christmas” initiative. To date, the Guelph Police have sponsored 35 families and raised more than $35,000 in support of this effort.
  • The City’s 2009 Conservation Calendar was recognized by the Municipal Waste Association as the best municipal calendar. The City also won a silver award for its waste collection vehicle ad campaign, which consists of seasonal program information and recycling tips promoted on waste collection.
  • Readers of the Guelph Tribune voted the City their favourite water supplier in the Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • The City placed third in its category in the National Commuter Challenge. Participants in Guelph travelled more than 20,000 kilometres using more sustainable transportation methods, and prevented 3,391 kilograms of carbon emissions by choosing not to drive to work.
  • Guelphites used 2.9% less energy than usual during the Count Me In! Community Challenge, a significant improvement over 2008’s 0.8% energy reduction.
  • River Run Centre’s General Manager, Colleen Clack, was recognized by the Guelph Mercury as one of Guelph’s top “40 under 40”.
  • The Federation of Canadian Municipalities appointed Ward 5 Councillor Lise Burcher as its Governance Representative for the Caribbean and Latin America. In this post, Councillor Burcher will advance FCM’s international programs in the developing world.