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July 27, 2018, 11:22 am

Lake Country wins Gold Hermes Creative Award for Citizen-Focused Website

District of Lake Country

LAKE COUNTRY - Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition administered and judged by the association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. With over 6,500 entries in 2018, Lake Country is very pleased to be announced as a Gold Winner of the Hermes Creative Awards which recognizes outstanding work and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service.
 
The District of Lake Country launched its new website (www.lakecountry.bc.ca) at the end of January following six months of design and consultation.  The site was designed with a focus on improved communication, ease of navigation, accessibility and search functionality, complete with emergency alerts, maps and email notifications to subscribers.  Emphasis of the design was on creating a positive user experience.
 
“Residents, visitors, businesses and investors want to be able to access community information and municipal services at a time and place convenient to them – and that means from their favourite device outside of regular Municipal Hall business hours,” said Karen Miller, Communications Officer.  “The Lake Country website is mobile-responsive, fully accessible and offers the opportunity to subscribe to email notification for news, water quality, construction and other public notice alerts, as well as Council meetings and community calendar events and job postings.”
 
The District contracted eSolutions Group – a Canadian company that specializes in very dynamic, accessible government and community websites – to spearhead the website redesign that started mid-2017. 
 
 “The District is committed to effectively using technology to communicate with citizens and other interested audiences,” said Miller. “The goal was to design a refreshed website that was citizen-focused. So community members were invited to participate in the site mapping exercise from the very beginning of the project and the website redevelopment team included staff reps from each department.”
 
Visit www.lakecountry.bc.ca and click on the Feedback link on the bottom right to let us know what you think of the website.

For more information contact:
 
James Baker, Mayor
Tel 250-766-6670 or baker@lakecountry.bc.ca
 
Karen Miller, Communications Officer, District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-5650 (Ext 208) or kmiller@lakecountry.bc.ca
 

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