ONE MILE LAKE NATURE CENTRE - Honoured at UBCM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2011
ONE MILE LAKE NATURE CENTRE HONOURED AT UNION OF BC MUNICIPALITIES CONFERENCE
Centre Wins Community Excellence Award for Leadership & Innovation
PEMBERTON, BC -The Stewardship Pemberton Society and the Village of Pemberton is pleased to announce that the One Mile Lake Nature Centre received a Community Excellence Award, under the Leadership & Innovation category at the UBCM Breakfast on Thursday, September 27, 2011.
The UBCM Community Excellence Awards program provides an opportunity to showcase municipalities and regional districts who "lead the pack", take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices. The program recognizes ideas that rise above challenges with vision, creativity and teamwork. The Excellence Awards are designed to profile excellence in local government and to create successful pathways and incentives for others to follow.
The Nature Centre, located at One Mile Lake Park, is 600 square feet and features innovative technologies to make the building completely off-grid (solar power, composting toilets and rainwater catchment). As well, every effort was made to maintain the natural setting at the building site with limited vegetation removal, re-vegetation with native shrubs and integration into the existing trail system.
"We are very proud that the Nature Centre has been recognized on a Provincial level", says Mayor Jordan Sturdy. "Veronica Woodruff, Stewardship Pemberton and the community volunteers have worked extremely hard to see this important community amenity to its completion. The Centre provides a unique Educational and Cultural experience that is authentically Pemberton."
The $355,000 Nature Centre project was managed by the Stewardship Pemberton Society, and was funded by the Village of Pemberton, Western Economic Diversification Fund through the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, BC Hydro, Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, Rick Hansen Foundation and North Shore Credit Union/ Pemberton Valley Grocery Store as well as numerous in-kind supporters.