FCM International Awards
The success of FCM's international programming lies with its focus on local government development cooperation. Through FCM International, local governments are improving the way they deliver services, to the great benefit of men, women and children.
The awards for Outstanding Institutional Contribution to FCM International programs recognize Canadian local governments and local government associations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in the scope of their participation in FCM's international programs. The projects in which they participated distinguished themselves in terms of innovation, support from their council or board, and their lasting impact in their partner community.
The Mike Badham Award is given to an individual whose contribution to FCM International has gone above and beyond in terms of innovation, creativity, engagement and leadership. This award was named after the late Mike Badham, former president of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities' Association, in recognition of the leadership and dedication he brought to FCM's international programs from 1996 until his untimely death in January 2006.
FCMI Award for Outstanding Contribution to International Programs (Institutional)
Town of Beaumont, Alberta
The Town of Beaumont, Alberta has been involved in FCM's international programs since 2010. Their work with elected officials, farmers, the business community and other stakeholders in the Kohtom and Saang districts of Cambodia has led to marked improvements in crop management and marketing. Their efforts led to the creation of new networks within the community, including a savings group and irrigation cooperative. Mayor Camille Bérubé and Council have been strong supporters of the Municipal Partners for Economic Development program and rallied the community behind their efforts. Beaumont residents and schools are raising funds to provide supplies to elementary schools in Kohtom and Saang.
MRC de la Matawinie, QC
The MRC de la Matawinie, Québec, has been involved in FCM international programs since 2000. The MRC first worked with the municipality of Bougoula, in Mali to revitalize its local market, which now acts as a hub for community life. Since 2011, the MRC Matawinie is working with the Association of municipalities of Burkina Faso and with the municipality of Orodara on the creation of support services for small and medium-sized businesses to promote local economic development. Matawinie's municipal experts also helped officials in Orodara launch a loan fund for equipment purchases. The fund enables entrepreneurs to modernize and expand their operations, create employment and contribute to their community's economy.
Mike Badham Award (Outstanding individual contribution to FCMI programs)
Union of British Columbia Municipalities
UBCM Executive Director Gary MacIsaac's has been providing expertise on policy development and advocacy to local government associations in FCM partner countries in Asia and Africa since 2002. He has become one of FCM International's leading municipal experts on association capacity-building, helping organizations such as the Philippine's League of Cities, the Association of Cities of Vietnam and Cambodia's National League of Local Councils strengthen their member services and develop policy positions on issues such as local economic development and women in local government.