Awards & Recognition
Town of Taber Finance Department Wins GFOA Award
Mayor De Vlieger presents the 2015 GFOA Award to Director of Finance Devon Wannop
Mayor De Vlieger presents the 2014 GFOA Award to Director of Finance
Devon Wannop and Town of Taber Finance Department Staff
The Finance Department of the Town of Taber has been recognized three years in a row with a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for its Annual Financial Reports for 2013, 2014 and 2015. This is a Canadian Award given to municipalities that go above and beyond what is required for their annual external audit.
The GFOA established the Canadian Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program (CAnFR) in 1986 to encourage local governments to go beyond minimum requirements of accepted accounting principles, and to prepare annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure. This award recognizes those efforts.
The Town of Taber wants to thank its dutiful and dedicated Finance Department for their efforts, and congratulate them on their well-deserved award!
Victim Services Program Manager Recognized
Dr. Charles Hart, our Victim Services Program Manager has been honoured for his work in sexual violence prevention. He was recognized with a Government of Alberta 'Inspiration Award' at a ceremony in Calgary on November 13, 2015. The award was presented by the Minister of Human Services, the Honourable Irfan Sabir.
Thank you to Dr. Hart for your dedication and effort towards the Victim Services Program, and congratulations on your award!
Courthouse Receives Historical Designation
The Town of Taber Courthouse, built in 1918, has been designated a historic building by the Province of Alberta. The Courthouse is currently part of a project called the Centre Court for the Arts, a three-building complex that will be a home for the performing arts and art exhibits in Taber. The Arts Council of Taber is currently working to transform and restore these buildings and hopes the historic building designation will allow them to access new funding sources for this project.
The Courthouse, one of the first constructed after World War I, was once a model for provincial court buildings built in Alberta prior to the Second World War.
(Left to right) TPS Insp. Graham Abela, Councillor Murray Rochelle, MLA Jacquie Fenske, Mayor Ray Bryant, Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, MLA Maureen Kubinek, MLA Greg Weadick, TPS Chief Alf Rudd and Councillor Rick Popadynetz pose for a group photo inside the Taber Courthouse. The MLAs were in Taber January 30, 2013 to present a plaque to designate the building.
Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk made the presentation of a small plaque for the building before representatives of the Town of Taber and the Arts Council of Taber.
"I look forward to the restoration, I think its' going to be a wonderful project. It's great to be here on behalf of Premier Alison Redford, and to join you on this very, very historic day marking the Taber Courthouse as a provincial historic site. To me, it's not only recognizing the historic valuation, but also honouring the rich history of this community and all those who have helped shape our fabulous Alberta."
"We look forward to having this building refurbished, brought back to something that we can be proud of and fully utilize," said Mayor Bryant. "It's well worth it - it's great history for our community."
Taber Wins a SouthGrow Regional Initiative Award
The SouthGrow Regional Initiative has awarded the municipal partners of the Town of Taber, Town of Vauxhall, Village of Barnwell, and the Municipal District of Taber an award at the 2011 Creating Opportunities Awards Celebration. These awards are given out annually to recognize success and to reward efforts made towards developing the local and regional economies.
About the Emergency Vehicle Response System
This year the partners received the Excellence in Innovation category Award of Recognition for the development of their Emergency Vehicle Response System. This is a system implemented across our 9-1-1 calling region that allows emergency vehicles to instantly get a map showing the source of 9-1-1 emergency calls and a proposed route to the emergency displayed on a laptop in their vehicle. The Taber 9-1-1 Dispatch Center operators get a regional map on their computers showing the up-to-the-minute GPS location of all emergency vehicles in the region, the location of 9-1-1 callers and other significant items.