Awards & Recognition
Town Wins International Communitas Award
The Town of Taber is pleased to announce that its Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) has been awarded a 2018 Communitas Award in the category of Ethical and Environmental Responsibility – Green Initiatives.
The Communitas Awards is an “international effort to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations, and individuals that ... are changing how they do business to benefit their communities.” The name stems from the Latin word meaning “people coming together for the good of a community,” and the Award is sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
The Green Initiatives Category evaluates a company’s environmental practices and green programs. The Town’s MSWI was introduced in 2016 as a way to move towards more environmentally-minded waste collection initiatives, and included 3 carts for recycling, organics, and residual waste.
Within 8 months of the launch in May 2016, the Town of Taber saw a 55% and 17% diversion rate for organics and recycling, respectively. These numbers indicate the percentage of waste diverted from the landfill. The Town has also seen 34% decreases in both transport costs and truckloads leaving the Transfer Station since the MSWI was implemented.
“We knew that Taber could be a hub for environmental practices in Southern Alberta” said Director of Engineering and Public Works Gary Scherer, “Winning the Communitas Award shows how dedicated our staff and citizens are to making this idea become a reality.”
“Winning an international award is no small feat, especially one that recognizes a group effort benefitting a whole community,” said Mayor Andrew Prokop, “The cooperation and effort the people of Taber have demonstrated with our new waste system truly embodies that spirit, and I would like to thank them for their continued efforts.”
Town Wins Fourth Financial Reporting Award
Town of Taber 2017 Finance Department
Mayor Prokop presents the GFOA Award to Director of Finance John Orwa
The Town of Taber is pleased to announce that its Finance Department is a recipient of a Canadian Award for Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), the fourth year in a row the Town has received the honour.
Established in 1986 to encourage the production of high-quality financial reports, the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting bestows the award on municipalities who go above and beyond what is required for their annual external audit. The GFOA outlines that the award honours those who “prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.”
“Receiving this award is a testament to the dedication of Administration and Council in upholding the financial health and viability of our community,” said John Orwa, Director of Finance, “the collaborative effort allows us to deliver transparent finances to our community and the citizens of Taber.”
The certificate of achievement was presented to the Director of Finance by Mayor Andrew Prokop at the regular meeting of Council on December 18th, 2017.
Town Wins Recycling Council of Alberta Rs of Excellence Award
The Town of Taber’s Municipal Solid Waste Initiative was recognized with a Municipal Program Award from the Recycling Council of Alberta at their annual conference on October 12th, 2017.
On May 1st, 2016, the Town of Taber implemented the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI), a comprehensive system catered exclusively to Taber’s needs. The Initiative replaced large commercial alley bins and included three separate carts for recycling, organic waste, and residual waste, plus an organics kitchen catcher for residents’ homes.
Besides the carts, the Initiative also included a number of communication initiatives for residents, an in-depth calendar and information booklet provided with cart delivery, and a process for including the three carts in Taber’s annual Cornfest so even visitors and vendors could participate in recycling and composting.
With careful budgeting and planning, the Town of Taber has been able to provide the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative at no extra cost to ratepayer’s bills.
In addition to the benefits in increased recycling and organic composting, the Town has also seen an increase in total revenue for waste collection since the program’s start in 2016. This increase is partially attributed to the upsurge of proper usage of the Transfer Station for large amount of waste. Additionally, the Town has decreased its transport costs by reducing the total truckloads taken from the landfill.
Taber Wins Communities in Bloom Provincials for Second Year in a Row!
For the second year in a row, Taber has been announced as a provincial winner for Communities in Bloom. The judges awarded 5 blooms in the “Population 6001-15,000” category during the awards ceremony held in Lacombe on September 23rd. In addition to the five blooms, a special mention was made for the Canada 150 metalwork art currently on display at the entrance to Confederation Park.
While floral displays play a part in the judging process, a number of categories are also considered when a community is evaluated by the judges. These additional criteria include tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, and landscape. Taber received top marks in all categories, with the judges noting “the tidiness, order, cleanliness and first impressions upon entering the community indicate the community is well-maintained and the pride in the community was evident.”
The Town of Taber would like to thank the Communities in Bloom volunteers for their continuous dedication to making our community blossom. The Town would also like to thank all the residents and businesses who contribute their own efforts to beautifying our community. It is because of the cooperative effort that Taber truly is a “great place to grow.”
Town of Taber Municipal Election Logo Wins Hermes Gold Award
Town of Taber Municipal Election Logo "Voice Your Choice"
To foster better awareness of the upcoming municipal election, the
Administrative Services Department created a new design for Taber’s election
logo. The design uses the pantone colours of the official Town logo, without
completely evoking the same imagery of the trademarked logo. The phrase
“Voice your Choice” is used as a reminder to all citizens that voting is their
chance to have their voice heard.
The Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of
Marketing and Communication Professionals. There were over 6,000 entries
from throughout the United States, Canada and 35 other countries in the
Hermes Creative Awards 2017 Competition. Entries came from corporate
marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms,
design shops, production companies and freelancers.
AMCP judges are industry professionals who look for companies and
individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose
work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners were selected from 195
categories. Only 22% of the entries won a Gold Award.
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, former Victim Services Program Manager was 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."