County's recreation efforts capture international awards

June 30, 2016

County's recreation efforts capture international awards

An international panel of judges awarded Strathcona County’s Recreation, Parks and Culture with three Hermes Creative Awards for its work in the marketing and communications industry. Additionally, the County’s swimming and water safety team earned three Royal Lifesaving Societies awards.

“We are a community that loves to be active,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. “These awards reinforce our commitment to deliver the best possible recreation services, which are reinforced through lifeguard training, informing our residents about recreation programs and recognizing the financial support of sponsors.”

The platinum-winning Sponsor Reports for the 2015 Canadian Wrestling Trials and the New Year’s Eve and Canada Day Festivals won the top award in the Hermes Creative Award sponsor recognition category.

The swimming lessons FAQ earned a gold medal win in the infographic category, while the Strathcona Recreation Guide received an honourable mention for its user friendly e-zine format.

The County’s swimming and water safety programming staff received three Royal Lifesaving Society awards for their work providing leadership, engaging individuals and inspiring inclusive participation in County education and training programs, ultimately contributing to the health and safety of the community.

The awards were for highest point total in conducting lifesaving programs during a calendar year, the Terry Cavanagh Junior Lifeguard (highest point total of Junior Lifeguard members), and the William Patton First Aid (highest point total in conducting Lifesaving First Aid programs) awards.

Upcoming communication efforts will focus on celebrating the October 1, 2016 opening of the new Emerald Hills Leisure Centre. The adjustable depth swimming pool will help provide swimming lesson opportunities to approximately 25,000 swimmers in the County each year, which is one of the largest swimming program offerings in Alberta.

The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials and programs, and emerging media. This awards program recognizes outstanding work in the marketing and communications industry.  The Hermes Awards is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

The Lifesaving Society is a charitable organization working to prevent drowning and water-related injury through training programs, Water Smart® public education, safety management services, drowning prevention research and lifesaving sport.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of almost 96,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595