Wood WORKS!BC Community Recognition Awards were presented to local government representatives today at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Victoria. The awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.
The 2012 recipients are:
AVICC — Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities: Cowichan Valley Regional District for the Kinsol Trestle, Trans Canada Trail
AKBLG — Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments: District of Elkford for the Elkford Community Conference Centre
NCLGA — North Central Local Government Association: Village of Telkwa for the Community Stage
SILGA — Southern Interior Local Government Association: Town of Princeton for the Bridge of Dreams
LMLGA –Lower Mainland Local Government Association: City of Vancouver for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
“These communities have demonstrated leadership and vision by embracing wood in their local projects, and we congratulate them on the wood design excellence they display,” stated Mary Tracey, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC. “They have highlighted wood products and systems in an array of project types and applications. They have showcased the strength, beauty and versatility of wood, and have demonstrated how using wood makes projects better, and our communities stronger.” She continued, “Communities in B.C. are proud to use wood, as there is a strong historical context for its use. However, the overwhelming reasons are the environmental and socio-economic benefits, further advancing our wood culture, and leading us to a more sustainable way of life in the future of this province.”