Toronto, Ont., August 21, 2003 – The City of Kawartha Lakes has won a Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Awards Plaque in recognition of its “Interpersonal Development Program – A Life Skills Program for Ontario Works Clients” initiative.

City of Kawartha Lakes Councillor Sal Polito and CAO Janet Lunn, and the Ontario Works project team – Supervisor Suzanne Orchard, Caseworkers Sara Avery, D’Arcy McQuaide and Kelly Stanley accepted the award at the recent annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

“The Marshall Awards are an excellent showcase for one of the long-standing traditions of municipal governments – learning from one another by building and expanding on ideas that will provide better service to our communities,” said Ken Boshcoff, President of AMO.  “This year’s award recipients demonstrate leadership and creativity in the projects they have undertaken and their communities are already seeing real benefits.”

The City’s Interpersonal Development Project is for the “harder to serve” Ontario Works recipients.  The objective – to demonstrate the feasibility of having an in-house program.  The challenge – to see a program that would direct clients towards self-reliance as well as assist the caseworkers in meeting funding levels as set by the province. The project meets the legislative requirements, it is cost effective, and it helps individuals achieve success.  To quote the submission, “the future belongs to the program and the clients to whom it serves”.

The Marshall Awards is an annual competitive process, with submissions by Ontario municipalities judged on their creativity and success in implementing new, innovative ways of serving the public.

Two municipalities were Plaque Recipients of the 2003 Marshall Awards. The Awards are sponsored by AMO, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Municipal Finance Officers Association, the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario, and the Canada Council for Public-Private Partnerships. 

AMO is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario’s population.  The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario. 

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