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May 11, 2018, 8:37 am

Richmond Honoured with Three Awards at BCRPA Provincial Awards of Excellence

City of Richmond

RICHMOND - The City of Richmond received awards in three of the four categories of Excellence - Parks, Facilities, Programs, and the Award of Merit - at the recent BC Recreation and Parks Association Symposium in Vancouver. The BCRPA Annual Provincial Awards of Excellence recognize outstanding programs, innovative facilities and dedicated professionals who demonstrate excellence within the community of recreation and parks professionals. 

The Facility Excellence Award for projects over $1 million was awarded to Richmond’s City Centre Community Centre, a vibrant two-storey facility located within a mixed-use development at the corner of Minoru Boulevard and Westminster Highway. The LEED Gold community centre offers modern, multi-purpose spaces for a range of community recreation programs and services that are tailored to residents of all ages and abilities. The community centre also features an art studio, music rooms, social room, community living room and fitness centre.

The Program Excellence Award, recognizing a creative, successful and innovative program that serves as a model for other recreation and parks agencies to enhance their services, was awarded to the Pollinator Pasture, a community-engaged public art project by the City of Richmond in partnership with Border Free Bees. This ambitious, creative and successful long-term pollinator-focused public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD), is located at the Bridgeport Industrial Park and planted in the pattern of a bee's wings with native and naturalized seeds beneficial to a broad range of pollinators. The Pollinator Pasture and supportive free programming raises awareness of the plight of wild pollinators, particularly bees, and empowers communities to actively engage in solutions for habitat loss. 

The Award of Merit, an honour that hasn't been awarded since 2014, was presented to Cathryn Volkering Carlile, the former General Manager of the Community Services Division for the City of Richmond for 16 years, who retired in October 2017 after serving 43 years in local government. Cathy was part of leading-edge City-building, and was involved in shaping numerous major events and programs in Richmond. 

Seven awards in total were presented this year. Find out more at

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