Roundtable on the night from the committee members Mayor’s reception and the gala
Mayor’s reception; Font size of slides small, food fantastic, venue size larger hard to mingle.
City’s press release came out early to allow media time to prepare story, Need to ensure press embargo was present.
Length voice overs getting longer as night progressed.
Music behind the names popping up at start of video
Would like to see more of the community coming to support their peers.
Those handing out the awards more of a role
Consider awards for diversity and inclusivity
Consider more than one winner in the future for each category
Poster of moment in time of the winners as part of recognition.
Staff provided background on the challenges with video review. Links to videos are available to all finalists
Banner – city well done, length of voiceovers getting too long.
Staff liaison will complete post-awards follow up with sponsors
Discussion on completion of nominations and having enough information to make informed decisions. Discussed the bios being done prior to selection committee
Selection committee orientation, level of commitment, option to split the review into two nights businesses and then citizens.
Length of the reception: ways to shorten as over an hour and a half. Gender neutral categories would assist in decreasing the number and length of videos.
Staff liaison will complete follow up with Young Volunteer finalists and recipients, and
the Teen Honour recipient to arrange scholarship cheques.
Discussion on choosing a winner vs. celebrating finalists – also allows opportunity to combine the two events.
Discussion on how to feature nominees and chance to build online media to showcase video and what is coming up. Capturing their acceptance speech and posting online to increase the celebration beyond the event.
Broadcast the event on local online media.
Deterring repetitive winners and focus on positive recognition.
Consider recognizing other programs at the awards
e.g. Strong Neighbourhoods Program winners
Youth – encouraging more peers nominating peers and connecting earlier with student groups in September.
Lighting of the video screens dark at the start of the evening.
Wine sponsor, consider beer sponsorship
Staff will take feedback and bring group back to share work being done prior to presenting update to Council in late spring.