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Kensington Prairie Community Centre Receives a Gold Leadership Award

Dignitaries accept Gold Leadership Award for Kensington Prairie.

May 28, 2013

Surrey, BC – Surrey’s Kensington Prairie Community Centre (KP) has received a Gold Award in the municipal category of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Deloitte Public Leadership Awards.

Kensington Prairie’s programming is noteworthy because the City of Surrey works with nine (9) partners to deliver services at the facility. This integrated service delivery model allows KP to provide a wide-range of early childhood development programming and resources, including child care, education and health, maximize limited resources, limit duplication and build strong relationships.

“This increased capacity to deliver service through Kensington Prairie Community Centre has benefitted the Surrey community and will continue to do so for years to come,” says Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts. “On behalf of Surrey City Council and the City of Surrey, we are honoured and heartened to receive this award.”

“Surrey’s rapidly growing population, which has increased 18.6 % over the past 5 years alone, presents continual community challenges for keeping pace with early childhood development programming”, said Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Sport Tourism Committee. “Investment in early childhood is important as there is significant evidence that this is the most effective window of opportunity to improve outcomes in the later years of childhood, youth and adulthood.”

The Award was presented to the City of Surrey at a ceremony in Toronto on Thursday, February 22, 2013. The Institute of Public Administration of Canada/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program recognizes organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management.

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For project information:

Laurie Cavan, General Manager
Parks, Recreation and Culture

Mayor’s Office Media Contact:
Judy Mann Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor