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Congratulations 2016 Core Values Award Winners!

IAP2 Canada and USA Core Values Awards Class of 2016: (l-r) Ass't Prof. Leonie Sandercock, Jeff Cook, Brent Olynyk, Colleen Hamilton, Dave Hohenschau, Chris Hartye, Shannon Holms, Theresa Gunn, Tom Parent, Lulu Feliciano, Kyle Bozentko, Shelley Hart, Lindsay Sutherland, Barbara Greenlaw, Saori Yamamoto, DJ Sigmundson, Anne Carroll.

What are the IAP2 Core Values Awards?

The IAP2 Core Values Awards are another way to help raise the bar in the field of public engagement: a friendly competition to encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones. Each year, IAP2 affiliates around the world recognize leaders in the profession and in 2014, IAP2 Canada inaugurated its own Core Values Awards.

The awards go to projects which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and P2 professionals can learn from one another and be inspired to keep raising their own standards. The 2016 IAP2 Core Values Awards were presented at the 2016 IAP2 North American Conference in Montreal, QC.

National Awards

Project Awards
  • Indigenous Engagement – University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning and Musqueam Indian Band: Indigenous Community Planning Program
  • P2 for the Greater Good – CEAN: Advance Care Planning Workshop Program
  • Diversity & Inclusion – EcoPlan International, ‘Namgis First Nation, Village of Alert Bay, Tides of Change: Cormorant Island’s Economic Development Plan

Organization of the Year

Shannon Holms (BC Health) receives Organization of the Year Award from IAP2 Canada President Bruce GilbertBC Health
Improving Healthcare through Patient and Public Engagement

(At right: Shannon Holms of BC Health receives Core Values Award from IAP2 President Bruce Gilbert.)

What the judges said...

  • The training, policy, framework and practice examples as well as the recognition given to Patients as Partners effectively demonstrated the influence of P2 on the organizational culture. The eHealth forum on page 7 also effectively demonstrated the influence of P2 in overcoming challenges through collaboration to ensure patient voices were still central to the work.
  • The application demonstrated that structure of the program is focused on public input on decision that affect their health
  • Impressive scale “in less than ten years, approximately 40,000 patients were engaged”. Impressive integration into many levels of health care system … meaningful engagement



Organization of the Year (Honourable Mention)

First Person Strategies and the Manitoba municipalities of East St. Paul, St. Clements and West St. Paul
Entrenching Engagement in Emerging Communities

Brent Olynyk (Chief Admin Officer, West St Paul, MB), DJ Sigmundson (CAO, St Clement’s, MB) and Shelley Hart (Mayor, East St Paul MB) receive award for honorable mention, Organization of the Year, from BruceWhat the judges said...

  • The need for P2 was recognized in a proactive way and built at an opportune time when decision makers knew that several significant growth related decisions would have to be made. The value of public support and input on these decisions was recognized and acted upon. As these small rural areas grow into large towns and eventually small cities this way of governing will be baked into the culture of the area.
(At right (l-r) Brent Olynyk, Chief Administrative Officer of West St Paul; DJ Sigmundson, CAO pf St Clements; Shelley Hart, Mayor of East St Paul.)



Overall Project of the Year
Project of the Year: Extending the Practice

Demonstrating Creativity, Contribution & Innovation in the Field

Lindsay Sutherland (Nova Scotia Health) receives Project of the Year Award from Bruce Gilbert
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Embedding Engagement in Models of Care

Nova Scotia Health Authority was the winner
of the International Project of the Year Award
(Press Release)

(Lindsay Sutherland of NS Health receives
award from IAP2 Canada President Bruce Gilbert)

What the judges said...

  • Engagement continues to be used in every aspect of program design and delivery. CHTs have demonstrated how engagement can support a single model of care that can be implemented in various settings and still adapt to meet the unique needs of each individual community.
  • Highly unique to develop through engagement and continue to adapt and shift with community input.
  • Exceptional project and application.
  • Exciting project, innovative, respects community members and supports their active involvement. Continually learning



Project of the Year: Indigenous Engagement

University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning and Musqueam Indian Band

Indigenous Community Planning Program


(Jeff Cook (l) and Prof. Leonie Sandercock, receive the award.)

What the judges said...

  • In essence, planning history is being re-made and re-told through public engagement. Research and evidence to describe the conditions facing First Nations is also important to the quality of decision making. Students learn how to research, collect and present information in accessible ways so that community members can access, control and take ownership of data and knowledge – which strengthens their data governance systems.
  • Students present the results of their planning practicum in the community as well as at the Musqueam Cultural Centre at the end of the academic year. Community plans are presented and reviewed with the membership to secure approval and endorsement of the plan.
  • It is scalable and can be reproduced and has real potential to reshape municipal, provincial and federal relationship and decision making processes with First Nation communities across Canada.


Student-Community Practicum Placements  •  ICP Brochure


Project of the Year: P2 for the Greater Good

Saori Yamamoto (Vancouver Coastal Health/CEAN) receives P2 for the Greater Good Award from BruceVancouver Coastal Health
CEAN Advance Care Planning Workshop Program

(Saori Yamamoto receives Core Values Award)

What the judges said...

  • Core Value #4 - This program tried a few different delivery models in order to reach the target communities in the most appropriate way. The expense of some models has been a barrier, but it is clear that identifying the methods for appropriate outreach have been a priority.
  • This is a unique application of P2 in an area that will have a growing need as baby boomers age in Canada.
  • Unique to have volunteers lead a program, also unique to support each volunteer facilitator to design their own version of the workshop. Different to engage people in a conversation about an issue vs print or other one-way information.



Project of the Year: Diversity & Inclusion

EcoPlan International, ‘Namgis First Nation, Village of Alert Bay
Tides of Change: Cormorant Island’s Economic Development Plan

Dave Hohenschau (l) and Colleen Hamilton (EcoPlan International) receive Award for Respect for Diversity, Inclusion and Culture from Bruce

(L-R: Dave Hohenschau and Colleen Hamilton, with Bruce)

What the judges said...

  • Trust - addressed by working through existing social networks and building on the relationships that were already in place. The clear use and demonstration of how resident feedback was used in project decision-making also helped build and maintain trust.
  • The submission did a good job of aligning with IAP2 core values.
  • Two communities coming together, impressive impact, adjusted strategies according to what was happening during implementation.



Project of the Year: Diversity & Inclusion (Honourable Mention)

Vancouver Coastal Health
Keeping Seniors Well

(L-R, Saori Yamamoto and Barbara Greenlaw of Vancouver Coastal Health)

What the judges said...

  • This initiative is relevant and important at a time where the aging population in Canada is a large subset and there is a need to create care models that are effective, efficient and tailored to seniors. It was well designed and executed.
  • They did a very good job of identifying how the project aligned with each core value and clearly articulating the objectives and how they evaluated against those objectives.
  • Solid methods, impressive involvement of vulnerable seniors, took risk to codevelop, plans to involve participants in ongoing implementation.



Our judges!

Julia Balabanowicz

Maria deBruijn

Susanna Haas Lyons

Julia Balabanowicz is a trained mediator, facilitator and P2 professional, with six years of experience in Ontario’s electricity sector. Julia is also a mediator with Peacebuilders, an organization that uses restorative peace building dialogues to help youth resolve conflict in their lives. Read more.

Maria deBruijn founded Emerge Solutions in 2010, where she designs and facilitates engagement processes for organizations in private, public and not for profit sectors. Prior to that, she spent 10 years in progressively senior civil service positions. Read more.

Susanna Haas-Lyons has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement projects, including electoral reform in British Columbia, rebuilding post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans and electronic health records for the US federal government. Read more.

Core Values Awards Around the World

Check out the IAP2 Federation's latest Core Values Awards Showcase, which contains eligible submissions to the Core Values Awards from other IAP2 Affiliates in 2016. The Report is there to help share information and ideas and encourage more CVA submissions.

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