It’s fantastic to see Oshawa honored in this way because they’ve worked hard to bring online engagement to their site and have produced a very engaging and attractive site while meeting accessibility standards.
Oshawa’s media release follows:
Oshawa has received a gold Hermes Creative Award in the microsite category for the development of the City’s new online community engagement website, Connect Oshawa that launched fall 2015.
Designed to improve and increase community engagement opportunities, Connect Oshawa provides the ability for the City to share new programs and initiatives and receive online feedback from residents and stakeholders. As referenced in the 2015 – 2019 Oshawa Strategic Plan, the City of Oshawa values community engagement and has demonstrated its commitment to the process as the City conducts numerous community engagement projects throughout the year.
Since the launch, over twenty projects have been featured on Connect Oshawa. Current projects include Second Annual Energy Conservation Challenge, Let’s Talk about Accessibility and Ward Boundary Review to name a few.
“This a great step forward in our efforts to become more accessible and available for residents’ input and ideas,” said Councillor Amy England, Chair of the Corporate Services Committee. “We would like to extend a huge thank you to those who have provided feedback and helped shape Oshawa.”
Connect Oshawa’s online tools are used in conjunction with traditional in-person community engagement methods so that meaningful two-way dialogue occurs between residents, stakeholders and the City on major projects.
Much like www.oshawa.ca, Connect Oshawa is accessible and mobile friendly, meaning that the site will resize accordingly to the device in use. It also offers a wide-range of new, innovative online tools, including:
- discussion forums
- question and answer forums
- online brainstorming
- And much more
Additionally, all these features and more are captured in a video, which was created to provide residents with a visual tour of the site. The video is available on the “OshawaCity” YouTube channel.
Connect Oshawa was developed by Bang the Table who are community engagement specialists and provide digital public engagement software solutions to government, public sector and private enterprise clients. Connect Oshawa also aligns with community engagement best practices and reflects the approach of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), who are considered experts in the field of public participation.
About Hermes Creative Awards
The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition that recognizes outstanding work of creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.
The Hermes Creative Awards 2017 competition received approximately 6,000 entries submitted from companies and organizations worldwide. The winners were selected from 195 categories. For a list of the 2017 winners, visit Hermes Creative Awards website.
The Hermes Creative Awards are administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). AMCP judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. The name Hermes (Greek messenger) was chosen to represent the role as the messengers and creators of marketing and communication materials and programs. To learn more, visit the AMCP website.