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Issue No. 17-16

July 31, 2017
See SUMA's Strategic Plan
After every municipal election, once the full Board is in place, SUMA creates a strategic plan for the term.  In the 2017-21 SUMA Strategic Plan, we reiterated our core functions, tweaked our mission, vision and values, and set out five strategic priorities. This plan was crafted in close consultation with our Board and senior management, and we are excited to share it with members.


Applications Open for CEO
The search for the next SUMA CEO is officially on, with Aplin Executive Search now accepting applications. More details on the search are available on the SUMA website.


Changes for Shipping Water Samples
The Canada Post shipping label program offered through SUMAdvantage has its beginnings in saving members money when shipping water samples. We've recently discovered that Canada Post has changed their calculation of dimensional weight, and local postal outlets are now suggesting water samples need to be sent using the larger (five-kilogram) label, rather than the 1.36-kilogram size previously used. Please continue to use your 1.36-kilogram labels if your local postal outlet accepts it.
We are working closely with Canada Post to find a solution for members. If you encounter any issues with shipping labels and your water samples, please contact Beverly Bradshaw at 306-525-4395 so we can share members' experiences with Canada Post. Watch Urban Update and the shipping labels page on our website for more details as they become available.
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Capacity Building:
Congratulations to Mayor Lowenberg!

Mayor Tyson Lowenberg from the Village of Grayson was the lucky early-bird registrant who won a free registration to the 2017 Mayors Summer School. Congratulations Mayor Lowenberg; we look forward to seeing you there!
It's not too late for you to register for this two-and-a-half-day workshop that will boost your confidence in your role as a mayor as well as fill your tool kit with new skills, knowledge and networks. You have until Friday, August 11 to sign up and j oin your colleagues at the University of Regina Campus on August 20-22, 2017. Visit the event listing   now to get all the details and register for the event.


Nominate to Celebrate

Show gratitude to long-serving municipal employees and elected officials by nominating them for the Meritorious and Honorary Service Awards presented at the President's Banquet during Convention 2018. 

You can also recognise an individual for outstanding service in municipal government or administration on a local, provincial, and national basis by nominating them for the Scoop Lewry Award.
Visit the Convention 2018 awards page on the SUMA website for more information on these awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is October 4, 2017.
Take the time to celebrate the successes, innovations, and excellence in your municipality though a nomination for the Saskatchewan Municipal Awards. Nominations for these awards are open until September 8, 2017.

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Apply for the FCM's 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards

Do you want your community to be recognized as a sustainability leader? Nominate your municipality for the  FCM's 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards ! The awards celebrate the most innovative local sustainability projects from across the country in the following categories:
  • Asset management (new category)
  • Brownfields
  • Climate change (new category)
  • Energy
  • Sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
You do not need to be an FCM member or have received funding from FCM in order to be eligible. Eligible initiatives must be started or completed between January 1, 2016 and September 15, 2017.
Award winners receive local and national recognition and promotion for their initiatives, and the honour of presenting at FCM's Sustainable Communities Conference . Learn more and apply by September 15, 2017


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In This Issue


Weekend Room Rates Starting at $99
Need a place to stay for an upcoming Saskatchewan Roughriders game? Get your special rate from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre Regina. For business or leisure, the friends and family preferred partner program offers smoking-hot deals just for SUMA members.

You'll get year-round savings when you book using the corporate ID number at DoubleTree by Hilton Regina, plus hot perks:
  • Friday to Sunday room rates at only $99
  • Monday to Thursday room rates at only $145 
  • Complimentary parking and breakfast (for up to two)
  • Earn Hilton Honors points on every stay
Special terms and conditions apply.

For reservations call 306-525-6767 or 306-667-8162 and quote Corporate ID #560177821.

Visit  SUMAdvantage online  for a complete list of member programs or email  Lisa Rawlings  at SUMA with any questions.


Have a position to fill or an item to sell? Submit your ad  on our website.



Ongoing Intake
For a full listing of grants, check the   Grants   section of our website under the Resources tab.


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