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2014 CAMA E-Brief Partner: January 9, 2014            

Nominations Being Accepted for 2014 CAMA Awards Program
The 2014 CAMA Awards of Excellence Program was launched on January 6, 2014 by President Jean Savard and Board Member and Awards Chairman Glen Davies.   Experience has demonstrated that CAMA members have every right to be proud when it comes to excellence in municipal management. Year-after-year there are countless examples of outstanding projects and programs designed, developed and implemented in Canadian municipalities to improve the quality of life for citizens.

It’s time once again to start thinking about sharing your achievements and successes with your municipal colleagues, to recognize the work of your employees, and to receive the recognition of your profession.  It’s time to prepare a nomination for the 2014 CAMA Awards Program. Nomination packages were mailed out this week and the deadline for applications is February 28th, 2014.  Please note that this year’s submissions will once again only be accepted in electronic format by the CAMA National Office. Award winners will be asked to submit a high resolution logo and fifteen to twenty photos of the project to be included in a video.  Winners will also be recognized in CAMA’s e-Brief, press releases will be prepared and circulated to the local media, and the CAMA Board member closest to the successful community will also arrange to attend a Council meeting to make the award presentation to your Mayor and Council. The awards will be presented at the CAMA Annual Conference being held in Niagara Falls on May 28th, 2014.

Each year, the CAMA awards program recognizes program excellence in three areas: Environment, Innovation and new this year Professional Development.  Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population.  This year we are pleased to offer three population categories:  for municipalities with a population under 20,000, for municipalities with a population between 20,001 and 100,000, and for those over 100,000.  Three awards are granted in each of the above-noted categories for a total of nine awards.  Please also note that submissions should be a maximum of 2,000 words.

The Professional Development Awards recognizes a community that has developed a unique and innovative professional development program for their staff and can be replicated in other communities.  The Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change.  The Willis Award for Innovation, awarded in recognition of Jack Willis for his contribution to CAMA, is presented for programs, projects or services that demonstrate exceptional innovation or meritorious initiative.

To learn more, or to obtain the nomination forms online, visit   or call the CAMA National Office at 1-866-771-2262.

Honourary Membership for Life Award Program Now Accepting Nominations
CAMA is now accepting nominations for the Honourary Membership for Life Award. The award
recognizes municipal professionals based on length of service to local government, membership in CAMA for at least ten years, making a significant contribution to CAMA and to their community, as well as outstanding contribution to local government administration and the professional community at the local, regional, provincial or national level.

Past recipients include John Robison, Cy Armstrong, the late Robert Byron, Wes Lancaster, Murray MacLean, Paul Stapleton, Richard White, Bob Linner, Gerard Lewis, Doug Lagore, and Cecil Vincent. The deadline to nominate one of your municipal colleagues for this unique honour is February 28th, 2014. There is no fee to nominate someone.  For more on the Honourary Membership for Life Award, visit

Membership Renewals for 2014-2015 Year
The CAMA membership renewal invoices for the April 1st, 2014 to March 31st, 2015 year were mailed out this week and are due by March 31st, 2014.   You can renew your membership online by Visa or Mastercard using your CAMA ID number (noted on your invoice) at or by sending a cheque to the CAMA National Office.  We look forward to your continued membership with CAMA!

Please note that you will require your membership e-mail address to register on-line for the 2014 Conference.

2014 CAMA Conference Program & On-Line Registration Available at the End of February 2014!
The 2014 Annual CAMA Conference will be held in Niagara Falls, ON from May 26-28, 2014 at The Sheraton On The Falls Hotel.  This year's Conference theme is "Cultivating A Positive Culture".  The  program and on-line registration for this event will be made available at the end of February 2014. CAMA members will be able to register online for the Conference once again this year - watch for details in the future.  If you have not already made your accommodations, please visit the website at

Members on the Move

Congratulations to
  • Chris Parker, as the new CAO for the Town of Beaverlodge, AB. Prior to his arrival in Beaverlodge, Chris served as the Senior Administrative Officer for the Town of Norman Wells in the Northwest Territories.
  • Ernie Epp who is moving on to a new challenge after resigning as Morden's City Manager for  over 11 years.  He will now devote his time to his municipal consulting business which he started with Dale Lyle, a former City Manager in Portage la Prairie.
  • Murray Dinwoodie, who is retiring after almost eight years serving as City Manager, and 16 years working for the City of Surrey, B.C.
  • David Wolanski who moved from the Town of Redcliff, AB to become the General Manager of Community & Protective Services for the City of Spruce Grove, AB.
  • John Ferguson, former CAO for the Town of St. Stephen, NB on his appointment as the CAO for the County of Annapolis, NS.
  • Gary Dyke, former CAO for the City of Quinte West, ON on his appointment as the CAO for the City of Cambridge, ON.


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