St Catharines honoured internationally for its post-COVID recovery plan


Published June 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm


A year ago, when the City of St Catharines was creating its strategic plan over the challenges the municipality faced due to COVID-19, it was a plan born of necessity.

Dubbed the STC Framework for Recovery, One Path Forward, the plan was a look ahead at ways the City would deal with the changes to the landscape in post-COVID-19 days. It specifically zeroed in on three key elements: health and wellness, organizational at the City Hall level and economic ramifications.

On Friday, the City announced its strategic plan had won a prestigious Hermes Creative Award of Excellence in the Platinum category.

The Hermes Creative Awards recognize creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, and design of traditional and emerging media at an international level. St Catharines was up against more than 6,500 entries from across the globe.

Brian York, Director of Economic Development and Government Relations, said in a statement, “Led by our outgoing Chief Administrative Officer Shelley Chemnitz, a cross section of highly qualified and motivated members of the corporation were recruited to form our Recovery Planning Team, and have been essential in helping our City receive this recognition.”

“Many fingerprints touched the submission we put forward for this award, and I am proud of the efforts and dedication that has been made.”

Acting CAO David Oakes echoed his sentiments.

“This is an exciting milestone for the City of St. Catharines as our dedication to push forward despite the hardships of the pandemic have been evident.”

“Our City is on track for positive developments in the coming months as we continue to overcome challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and work our way through the recovery framework.”

St Catharines City Hall picture provided by St Catharine Facebook page.

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