NEWS ~ LOCAL MPS OFFER CONGRATULATIONS TO CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER

OTTAWA – New Westminster NDP MPs Fin Donnelly (New Westminster—Coquitlam & Port Moody) and Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster) were on hand in Ottawa yesterday to congratulate the City of New Westminster on winning the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) 2012 Sustainable Communities Award.

The Sustainable Communities Awards recognize municipal environmental projects across Canada that demonstrate excellence in environmental responsibility. The FCM presents awards in nine categories at its annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show. New Westminster won in the Brownfields category for its work to transform Westminster Pier Park from a contaminated brownfield to a beautiful waterfront park. Councilor Lorrie Williams and Engineering Director Jim Lowrie accepted the award at last night’s ceremony in Ottawa.

“On behalf of the Parliament of Canada, I offer congratulations to the City of New Westminster for demonstrating environmental responsibility and excellence,” said Donnelly. “This is a proud moment for the City of New Westminster, and serves as inspiration to municipalities across Canada.”

“For four generations, my family has called New Westminster home, a community rich in co-operation, spirit and pride. The transformation of Westminster Pier Park on nine acres of the Fraser River is a monumental achievement that will further enhance our community. Congratulations to the City of New Westminster,” added Julian.

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For more information, please contact:

Melanie Sanderson, Office of Fin Donnelly, 613-947-4455 or fin.donnelly.a2@parl.gc.ca

Sandra Bell, Office of Peter Julian, 604-775-7557 or peter.julian.c1@parl.gc.ca