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2021 International Core Values Awards winners announced

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The winners of the 2021 International Core Values Awards have been announced! 

2021 IAP2 International Chair, Kylie Cochrane would like to congratulate the winners on behalf of the Board of Directors and regional affiliates.

“IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic engagement and I’m proud to acknowledge the best of the best.”

These award winners represent best practice in our field and serve as model of excellence for others to emulate. Winners and finalists are recognised for their contributions to the field in the areas of indigenous engagement, community development, health, infrastructure, environment, disaster and emergency services as well as for their creativity, innovation and inclusion. This is a testament to the tremendous expansion, professionalism, and impact of our field of expertise.

Finalists for the ’best of the best‘ international awards were gathered from entries submitted by IAP2 Regions in Australasia, Canada, and United States.

A special congratulations to our very own Australasia project, Level Crossing Removal Project, for winning International Organisation of the Year.

Congratulations to all of the International winners:

IAP2 International Organisation of the Year
Submitted by: Victoria State Government (Australia)
Project: Level Crossing Removal Project

Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) was established by the Victorian Government to oversee one of the largest rail infrastructure projects in the state’s history. We have the challenging task of removing 75 level crossings across metropolitan Melbourne by 2025. The project is improving safety, reducing congestion, improving travel time reliability, and enabling more trains to run on Melbourne’s congested network. As of April 2021, 46 level crossings have been removed and 23 new stations completed. Our vision at the LXRP is ‘Delivering Great Change – Transforming the way Victorians live, work and travel’. This is underpinned by five strategic objectives, or the ‘five greats’ as they are known within our organisation. ‘Great engagement’ is one of our objectives and given the size and scale of our delivery program, we have seized this as an opportunity to be trailblazers in infrastructure engagement.

Learn More at https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au

IAP2 International Project of the Year
Submitted by:  Argyle (Canada)
Sixties Scoop Foundation Engagement Process

In 2018, the court approved a settlement between the Canadian government and Survivors of the 60’s Scoop, where Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families and put into non-Indigenous care. One outcome of the settlement was the provision of $50 million to establish a Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation (SSHF) for Survivors. While the SSHF had been incorporated and an interim board of directors appointed, its focus, governance, and mandate were not yet determined. The Interim Board acknowledged that serving survivors meant earning their trust through authentic engagement. By focusing on Survivors and creating a culturally safe and trauma-informed environment, the team captured the voices of hundreds of survivors. Their input led to seven foundational recommendations that informed the direction of the SSHF.

Learn More at https://www.nationalhealingfoundation.com

IAP2 International Research Award
Submitted by: Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Project: Beyond Inclusion: Equity in Public Engagement

Public participation initiatives often struggle to draw participants who truly represent the demographic, attitudinal and experiential diversity of the communities impacted by a decision. Engagement processes that fail to address these barriers and systemic inequities may cause more harm than good. What would it take to move beyond inclusion and towards a practice of equity—sharing power so that communities and leaders may collaborate throughout the planning, implementation, and follow-up of an engagement in order to genuinely co-create solutions?

Learn More at https://www.sfu.ca/dialogue/beyond-inclusion.html

Special thanks are extended to the international jury members, Rachel Fox, IAP2 International Board Member (Jury Convener), Sara Dechter, CP3, AICP, Comprehensive Planning Manager, City of Flagstaff, AZ, Core Values Awards – Project of the Year winner in 2020, and Geoff Wilson, MPA, Director

Public Engagement & Community Health Board Support, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Core Values Awards – Organisation of the Year winner in 2020, as well as all the members of the judging panels for the IAP2 Regional Awards programs. On behalf of IAP2 you have our sincere thanks for your commitment and dedication to advancing and promoting international best practice in the field of public participation.