Last September, Council agreed on a Procedure Manual for the Civic Awards program and agreed that the Civic Awards committee should be set up the same way as other Advisory committees. This meant that 6 citizens should be nominated again from scratch and that process is currently under way. If you would like to be nominated, forms can be obtained from the Mayor’s admin assistant Toni Galea at firstname.lastname@example.org . John Henderson hopes to have the committee in place in March. The next step is to decide on the process and John wants that changed too although a decision will be up to the committee. Up until now, the selection from nominations from the public was made by the committee but John would like the selection to involve the public – perhaps using the new Bang the Table (Engage Cobourg) process.
This could easily mean that Civic awards for 2020 would be delayed until the Fall or perhaps into 2021 although John is strongly supportive of the idea of Civic awards. In fact in an interview with York Bell-Smith on Municipal matters on Your TV (Cogeco), John said that the Civic Awards Night “makes Cobourg unique to other communities – it’s awesome”.
The 4 ½ minute interview can be seen in the video below where John explains the revised process in more detail.