Our popular “Food for Feedback” event is now award-winning!
The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Core Values Awards were presented on Sept. 14 at the IAP2 North American Conference in Seattle, WA and Burlington’s Food for Feedback won an honorable mention award in the ‘Extending the Practice through Creativity, Contribution and Innovation in the Field’ category. The category embodies demonstrating the following:
- Innovative, creative use of techniques and tools to effectively and meaningfully engage;
- Participants in a project; and/or
- Innovations within the practice; and/or
- Contribution to the practice of P2 and engagement, extending lessons learned and sharing of new approaches and experiences in ways that make a contribution to the field.
IAP2 is an international organization with the mission to promote and advance public participation and community engagement globally through targeted initiatives that are guided by culturally adaptive standards of practice and core values.
The City of Burlington continues to be a recognized leader in engagement and we are no stranger to the IAP2 community of engagement practitioners, winning IAP2’s Organization of the Year in 2017.
Our Food for Feedback event is also a finalist in the Granicus Digital Government Awards in the Changemaker category. This category recognizes an individual, team, or project leading the charge for innovation. We are the only Canadian organization to be selected as a finalist in the category. Winners for this award will be announced in October 2023. You can read their official media release here.
This past Saturday (Sept. 16), we held our third annual Food for Feedback free, drop-in event at Central Park where City staff, Councillors and the Mayor’s Office hosted booths to get feedback from the community on City projects and in return, folks receive a food voucher they can use at any of the participating food trucks. This year’s event featured more than 26 booths and four food trucks and a special ‘Kidz Zone’ area.
Saturday’s event was a great success and thank you to everyone from the community who came out, as well as all the City of Burlington staff and Council members who made themselves available to hear from the community.
Feedback collected at the event will help the City of Burlington continue to improve services and initiatives.