SWR | EVENING OF RECOGNITION
Our Evening of Recognition, which honours the amazing accomplishments of our members, is our largest event of the year. It is also an opportunity to connect with our members and partners as well as our community. So in a year when so many events were forced to re-invent themselves, we looked to create new ways to share these inspiring sustainability stories within the region.
We could not have done this without the generous help of Mike Farwell and 570 News. In a week long series, we had an opportunity to chat with program winners and discuss how we can move towards a green recovery. But we still had to make sure the beautifully handcrafted awards, made by Conestoga College’s Wood Working Centre of Ontario, reached our winners. Each was safely delivered in a whirlwind you can see for yourself in our video account of this Regional Road Trip!
As 2020 evolved and changed, we were given yet another generous opportunity to shine a light on our winners in the THEMUSEUM as part of their ALARM exhibit. An installment of both the awards and the Studio Locale designed museum displays was in progress as restrictions once again increased.
Despite this last setback, we did close the year with the perfect end to our year long Evening of Recognition, a feature in The Record’s “A Look Back: Farewell to 2020” on December 31st.
So although we were not able to hold our Evening of Recognition, we were able to accomplish something even more meaningful. A year of partnering with amazing organizations in our community like Conestoga College, The Mike Farwell Show, The Record, and Studio Locale, to share our member’s success stories to a wider audience in hopes of inspiring other local organizations to convert their sustainability interest into action.
Our 2019 awards were designed in partnership with Conestoga College’s Woodworking Centre of Ontario, one of North America’s leading training centres for woodworking. With the support of Joni Jean, the Chair of Trades & Apprenticeship and the skilled artistry of Steve Bader, the Co-ordinator of Woodworking Programs, we were able to recognize our outstanding members with a truly unique trophy.
The design was inspired by the landscape of the Region itself and the waterways that connect us. This design was chosen as this year, we are not only celebrating our members for their dedication to sustainability, but we are celebrating our entire Region, after a milestone declaration by all of our cities and townships of a climate emergency.
Tova’s Regional Road Trip – Join our Executive Director as the Awards Reach their Final Destination!
2019 Award Winners
Waterloo region is home to so many incredible organizations, innovations, and solutions all of which are us toward a stronger, and more prosperous future. Read our 2019 Report to learn more about the inspiring work being done!