2012 Core Values Winners Circle
IAP2 announces international Core Values Awards in Haifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
(Halifax, Canada) – At the North American Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) announced the 2012 Core Values Awards honouring this year’s award winners.
Entries from Canada and Italy took first place in this year’s competition.
IAP2 International President Geoff Wilson congratulated the winners on behalf of the Federation’s Board of Directors and IAP2 members around the world, “IAP2’s seven Core Values go to the very heart of our association and guide how we think about and practice authentic public participation. These winning entries represent best practice in our field, and serve as examples of excellence for others to emulate.”
Consiglio della Regione Toscana (legislative Assembly of the Tuscany Region) and the Autorità regionale per la garanzia e la promozione della partecipazione (Regional Authority for guaranteeing and promoting participation) (Tuscany Region, Italy) won the Organisation of the Year category with their entry, “Promoting citizen participation in Tuscany (Italy): Law no. 69/07 and the Regional Participation Authority.”
“In the face of increasing distrust of citizens in the intentions and capabilities of the polity –a phenomenon especially acute in Italy, but affecting many democracies- coupled with a serious and lasting economic crisis requires robust answers. The puzzle is complex, but actively involving citizens in decision making is certainly one piece of the solution; in this, Tuscany Region’s policy I believe is of great interest for many countries, at all levels of government, from local to national,” said Mr. Rodolfo Lewanski.
Capital Health (Halifax, NS, Canada) received a Special Mention in the Organisation of the Year category for their entry entitled, “Creating a culture of engagement at Capital Health.”
“Since the adoption of citizen engagement as one of five key transformational strategies for Capital Health in 2007, we have been working very hard to involve our patients and citizens in helping us make important decisions. IAP2’s training, philosophy and approach have been instrumental and inspirational in helping us to implement this strategy,” said Chris Power, President and CEO for Capital Health (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). “Receiving this special recognition from IAP2 in the Organization of the Year category is validating for us, and says that we’re definitely on the right track. A big thanks to IAP2 for this recognition.”
Canadian Blood Services (Ottawa, ON, Canada) was awarded Project of the Year for their entry, entitled, “Consultations regarding the blood donation lifetime deferral policy for men who have sex with men.”
“The MSM deferral policy affects people at the deepest level of their values, personal safety and human dignity. We are deeply honoured to be recognized by our peers for creating an environment where consensus emerged on this long-standing, polarizing issue,” said Lorna Lemay, National Director, Stakeholder Relations & Translation.
“It was my pleasure to announce the recipients for the third consecutive year of the International Core Values Awards. Without a doubt the quality of the award entries in all categories was the best I have seen so far, and I think this speaks to the growing strength and sophistication of public participation practice around the world. Congratulations to all those who entered, but most especially our winners," said IAP2 International President Geoff Wilson. “We are thrilled with the response to the 2012 Core Values Awards competition from public participation practitioners all over the world. This is a testament to the huge growth of this field of expertise.”
Entries to the Core Values Awards competition are reviewed and evaluated by a judging panel composed of past Core Values Award winners, experienced public participation practitioners and academics in the field of public participation.
Mr. Wilson extended his thanks to the members of the international judging panel for their work reviewing and rating all 19 submissions.
IAP2 is an international federation that seeks to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that affect the public interest in nations throughout the world. More information about the International Association for Public Participation and the Core Values is available from the IAP2 website: www.iap2.org
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Biographical information on the winners follows:
Consiglio della Regione Toscana (legislative Assembly of the Tuscany Region) and the Autorità regionale per la garanzia e la promozione della partecipazione (Regional Authority for guaranteeing and promoting participation)
Law no. 69 aimed at pro-actively promoting citizen engagement was passed by the Consiglio della Regione Toscana (legislative Assembly of the Tuscany Region) in 2007; since then the Autorità regionale per la garanzia e la promozione della partecipazione (independent Regional Authority for guaranteeing and promoting participation) implementing the law has offered methodological advice and financial support (for a total of approx. 3.3 million euro) to more than 100 participatory processes throughout the region on a wide array of topics, involving some 10,000 in the 'core' participatory meetings, and empowering citizens in local policy and decision making. Though 80% of such processes have been carried out by local governments, also processes requested by schools and by ordinary citizens have received funding. To a large extent participation has been inspired by the principles of deliberative democracy.
Capital Health is Nova Scotia’s largest provider of health services. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Halifax Regional Municipality and the western part of Hants County. We are over 12,000 employees, physicians, learners and approximately 1,900 volunteers. We provide medical and surgical care, mental health care, community health programs, addiction prevention and treatment and environmental health services. We provide services through nine hospitals as well as dozens of community health centres across the region.
As an academic district, we help educate tomorrow’s health care providers and administrators. We also engage in research into new treatments, cures, processes and practices. With an operating budget of more than $800 million, we serve the 400,000 residents of the Halifax region and provide specialist services to the rest of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada.
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.