Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence

Honouring individuals in public service who have distinguished themselves through
their professional achievements in the public sector.



2021 Award Details

Western University’s Local Government Program Alumni Society is now calling for nominations for its 9th annual presentation of the Award of Excellence. The Award of Excellence is an initiative that honours an individual who has inspired creativity, innovation and believes in delivering public service excellence.

Eligibility

Any individual who has inspired creativity, innovation and conviction in belief of the merits of delivering public service excellence is eligible to be nominated.

Purpose

The purpose of this Award is to bring attention to the achievements of individuals who complement the tenets of the Western University Local Government Program, specifically demonstrating and exploring the connections between management and the political process.

Making a Nomination

The Award will be presented annually to a nominee who has demonstrated the following attributes or competencies: customer-centered service, fiscal accountability, innovation, results orientation, leadership and collaboration. The Award winner will have inspired others and resulted in public service excellence.

An individual may nominate themselves or may submit more than one application of others. All nominations submitted will be considered by a selection committee, comprised of public sector practitioners and academics. All nomination forms can be submitted via email to lgpalumnisociety@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is October 18, 2021.

Award Presentation

The presentation of the Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence will be made at the Local Government Program Alumni Society Annual Conference, to be held virtually on November 5, 2021.

2021 Award of Excellence Nomination Forms

Nominations for the 2021 Award of Excellence are now available.


2020 Award of Excellence Recipient

Congratulations to Morgan Calvert recipient of the 2020 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

Morgan is the Acting Township Manager/CAO of Adelaide-Metcalfe and Director of Special Projects and IT at Middlesex County. Morgan is also currently the Director of Ontario’s Municipal Information Systems Association (also known as MISA).

As the Director of MISA, Morgan has demonstrated innovation through his ongoing and thoughtful dedication to helping municipalities in Ontario handle the quick transition to electronic governance due to the pandemic. He was involved in leading a team of municipal professionals who worked with AMO and AMCTO to produce an Electronic Council Meetings Guide and has continued to help municipalities provide the same level of service known to residents before COVID-19. Morgan is a champion of rural-urban connectivity, both in the physical and technological sense. Morgan is also mentor to many new local government professionals, always seeing the potential in his peers and coworkers and inspiring others.

 Morgan Calvert

2019 Award of Excellence Recipient

Congratulations to Cathy Saunders recipient of the 2019 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

Cathy Saunders is the City Clerk at the City of London and was selected for the award for her exemplary leadership during the 2018 Municipal Election. As the first, and only, Ontario municipality to undertake a ranked ballot election in 2018, Cathy demonstrated superior collaboration and innovation to lead the organization through this monumental milestone project. Cathy’s leadership is recognized by all both at the City of London and in the municipal sector at large. Cathy is also a proud alumnus of the Local Government Masters of Public Administration program at Western.



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2018 Award of Excellence Recipient

Congratulations to Anthony Lerullo recipient of the 2018 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

Anthony Lerullo is the Manager of Long Range and Strategic Planning. As a member of Aurora's management team, Anthony has long been a contributor to the planning of growth and economic development of the Town of Aurora. In 2017 alone he played a key role in multiple projects that moved Aurora forward in terms of innovation, citizen satisfaction, leadership and collaboration.



2017 Award of Excellence Recipient

Congratulations to Geoff Hogan recipient of the 2017 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

Geoff Hogan is the CEO of the South Western Integrated Fibre Technology initiative (SWIFT). SWIFT was initiated by the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus and has since become the largest publicly funded regional broadband project in Canada.

He has extensive leadership experience in the public sector. He served as Grey County’s Director of IT for over 12 years. As the Director, Geoff created customer service standards, supported the development of Grey County’s open data initiative, and spearheaded the creation of the award winning Grey County Tourism Website.

Geoff was responsible for the Connected County project at Grey County and his leadership and championing for the Intelligent Community model lead to Grey County being recognized as a Top7 Intelligent Community by the Intelligent Community Forum in 2017

Geoff also served as President of Municipal Information Systems Association of Ontario (MISA) from 2011 to 2013, where he fostered inter-jurisdictional relationships with all MISA chapters.


2016 Award of Excellence Recipient

Presentation of the Award of Excellence by John Hamman, President of the Local Government Program Alumni Society Executive, to Sandra Datars Bere, Managing Director of Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home at the City of London!

Congratulations to Sandra Datars Bere recipient of the 2016 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

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2015 Award of Excellence Recipient

Congratulations to City of Stratford Mayor, Dan Mathieson recipient of the 2015 Local Government Program Alumni Society Award of Excellence!

 



Questions

Please contact lgaward@uwo.ca if you have any questions at all.