Making Cranbrook a better place

Cranbrook is getting ready to bestow its 'highest honour': the Sustainable Community Builder Award.

Cranbrook is getting ready to bestow its ‘highest honour’: the Sustainable Community Builder Award.

The award recognizes an individual, group, club, agency or society that has made Cranbrook a better, stronger community.

The award is a partnership between the City of Cranbrook, the sustainability committee Cranbrook Connected, and the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation. It recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution to the social, arts/cultural, economic or environmental sustainability of Cranbrook. The contribution can be over an extended period of time — a legacy of work — or a recent achievement that may otherwise be invisible.

“This is our highest municipal honour to recognize an individual, group or organization who has, through outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated sincere commitment to making our City a more sustainable community today and for the future,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski.

Cranbrook Connected will manage the application process and select the winner, who will receive $500 from the Community Foundation to donate to the charity of their choice.

Chris Ayling, chair of Cranbrook Connected, said the award has a lasting impact.

“The concept of ‘sustainability’ can seem abstract to some people, so the award puts a name and a face to a specific action or actions in our community,” said Ayling. “The award winner becomes a role model for all of us and hopefully encourages others to volunteer.”

The award went to Debbie Sinclair of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2009, and the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market Society in 2010.

To pick up an application form, visit City Hall or go to or Nominations are due by Monday, April 15.