Town of Innisfil Wins National Municipal Award for Education

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

News Release For Immediate Release Town of Innisfil Wins National Municipal Award for Education   Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators Recognizes Future Ready Leadership Program. Saskatoon, SK (May 30, 2012) – An education program designed to ensure the continued delivery of successful municipal programs and services, while addressing the ongoing pressures of community growth, the reality of an aging workforce and competition within the labour market, has earned Innisfil, ON national recognition. The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has presented the Town of Innisfil, ON with a 2012 Education Award for the Future Ready Leadership Program at its national conference held in Saskatoon, SK. “CAMA is pleased to recognize the innovation and administrative excellence demonstrated by the Town of Innisfil for developing an education program that recognizes the importance of effective succession planning, focuses on the timely replacement of talent within key positions,” said Jim Toye, president of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, CAMA representative for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut, and City Manager of North Battleford, SK.  “The Town of Innisfil is proactively addressing its needs of the future by developing the skills of its workforce.” The Town of Innisfil partnered with Mohawk College Enterprise to implement the Future Ready Leadership Program.  The program is in keeping with the outcomes of the Town’s strategic planning initiative in 2010, called “Inspiring Innisfil 2020.” The Program is a series of customized leadership training sessions designed for current senior managers, managers, supervisors and emerging leaders working for the Town.  It runs over a nine month period, with one session per month addressing key areas.  Those areas include: The Power of Teams, Embracing Diversity through Impact Communications, Leadership Dynamics, Leading Self Directed Work Teams, Leading Change, Facilitating Change and Managing Performance. A pilot program was offered in 2011 and has been declared a success.  The program has been recognized by the Federal Government, being featured in the Public Sector Digest in July 2011.  A second program was launched in February 2012. “The quality of award submissions from municipalities across the country continues to impress us,” said Don Melanson, Chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA representative for New Brunswick and General Manager – Community Safety Services for the City of Moncton, NB.  “We had 43 entries this year, so picking eight winners was a challenge. Congratulations to all the entrants.” CAMA’s Education Award fosters the development of a library of educational materials for Canadian municipal administrators on subjects of specific interest to CAMA members.  Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities under 20,000, for those between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those over 100,000.  Certificates of Merit may also be awarded. About CAMA: A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 480 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices, and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada.   Media Contacts: CAMA:                   Wayne Knorr, CAMA Communications, 506-474-3389 (cell), Innisfil:   Michèle Newton, Communications Officer, 705-436-3740 Ext. 2422,