2014 Core Values Awards

The best in public engagement projects for 2014 were celebrated in September at the 2014 IAP2 North American Conference in Winnipeg.

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National Institute for Civil Discourse for the Creating Community Solutions Alliance

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What the judges said: “… an excellent effort to draw in the population with mental health issues themselves - not just experts. ‘Text. Talk. Act.” is an innovative texting platform that combines text messaging, social media and face-to-face dialogue to get young people talking about mental health and taking action to help their friends. To date, the initiative has engaged thousands of millennials in a conversation to help end the silence on mental health.”


St. Vrain Valley School District for “Leadership St. Vrain – Empowering Parents through P2”

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What the judges said: “Leadership St. Vrain represents the kind of original research the public participation field needs to demonstrate its value and impact moving forward. This research project … marks an important contribution to our empirical knowledge of the value of P2, not only within a school system, but to the field as a whole.”


Oregon Department of Transportation for the OTIA 3 Bridge Delivery Project

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What the judges said:The jury was impressed with the depth of ODOT's efforts to engage residents and stakeholders … to ensure that the community's values were reflected at every key decision point in the process … overcame previous community skepticism … [involved] an inclusive representation of stakeholders … The result is a bridge project that not only serves as an important piece of community infrastructure, but a significant landmark of community identity and pride.” 

THE WINNERS! Left to right: Chico GarciaJohn Poynton & Laura McDonald (St Vrain Valley Schools, winners of IAP2 USA Research Project of the Year); David Plouffe (City of Calgary, Alberta, winner of IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year); Katie Hume, Saori Yamamoto, Barbara Greenlaw and Belinda Boyd (Vancouver (BC) Coastal Health - IAP2 Canada Project of the Year); (behind Saori and Barbara) Joel MillsDr Julia Abelson (IAP2 Canada Research Project of the Year); David Hovde;Anne HardingFrancesca PatricoloDoug ZennFiona Cavanagh and Michelle Chalifoux (City of Edmonton, Alberta/Centre for Public Involvement – Honorable Mention, IAP2 Canada Organization of the Year); Julia Balabanowicz (IAP2 Canada Judges’ representative).