Today is the 11th annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa.
Receiving an award on behalf of the community of Marwayne and doing 2 presentations about the village’s downtown project over the course of the conference, is Marwayne’s Mayor, Jenelle Saskiw. She says the village won against huge competitor cities also nominated for the category of Neighbourhood Development.
“I think that it’s a real honour for a village to be recognized at a national level. I don’t know if you had a chance to look at the other award winners, but we’re in a category where the other award winners are Edmonton, Waterloo, and Toronto. So that was pretty stiff competition, and it’s just a huge honour to be in that category with the major cities,” says Saskiw.
The Centre Street Revitalization project in Marwayne took 3 years to complete and since its completion the village has already seen 3 new businesses open up, which Saskiw says is a big deal for the small community.