Planners given medals

Two members of Summerland’s planning department were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Two members of Summerland’s planning department were awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal at the municipal council meeting on Monday evening.

Ian McIntosh, director of development services and Julie McGuire, climate action coordinator and planner were presented with the medals for their work on the update of Summerland’s zoning bylaw.

The update work began three years ago and took a year to complete.

The process used in updating the bylaw was sent to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Summerland won a sustainability award as a result.

Officials at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities then recommended McIntosh and McGuire for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

“Truly, our staff is what makes our community so outstanding,” Mayor Janice Perrino said when she presented the medals.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

A total of 60,000 Canadians will be recognized with the medals.