The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News has received a nod of recognition for its work in the community from the District of Maple Ridge.
News publisher Jim Coulter accepted the Spirit of Community Good Business Award Tuesday at council’s meeting.
The award was given to two businesses, one with more than 25 employees (The News), and another with fewer. Russell Mechanical Systems won the award in the latter category.
Criteria for the good business award include involvement in community events, donations of goods or services and supporting employee involvement in the community.
“The ad department, in particular [ad manager] Carly Ferguson, continually provide ‘in kind’ ad space for non-profit and community events. Many organizations are able to get their message out, which may not have been possible without the generosity of The News,” said Linda Morgan, chair of the social planning advisory committee.
“We are proud of our community and strive to contribute in a positive way. To have our efforts recognized in this manner is very gratifying,” Coulter said.
Russell Mechanical was thanked for its help with minor sports.
“Russell’s contribution has made a difference to the health and wellness and competence of children and youth in our community,” said the award announcement.
Leanne Koehn, who lives in Hammond, also won a Good Neighbour Award for promoting the community. The first year she moved into Hammond she held a Christmas party to meet her neighbours. Those are now regular events.
She’s also trying to organize a Hammond residents’ association.