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Graffiti Paint Out Wins (Posted On: Saturday, April 30, 2011)

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Members of the Connect Downtown Management Committee for the downtown revitalization initiative are pleased to announce the recent National Award for Social issues received at the OBIAA Conference in recognition of the Great Graffiti Paint Out which took place on Friday, October 22, 2010. The goal of the Great Graffiti Paint Out was to removed illegal graffiti tags from buildings in the downtown core; develop partnerships with local businesses and to engage youth in a positive community event.

The award was presented at the OBIAA (Ontario Business Improvement Area Association) National Conference on Monday, April 11, 2011. The conference was held in London, Ontario and was host to BIA’s from across Canada.

The Social Issues Award was given to the Collingwood Downtown Revitalization Project for the Great Graffiti Paint Out initiative as it successfully addressed both a social issue as well as a concern of BIA members to eradicate graffiti tagging in the Downtown core of the community. The initiative was nominated for the award by Cheryl Govier, Economic Development Consultant for OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs) who stated, “The Downtown Revitalization Project as part of its mandate worked with local high schools, businesses, Collingwood OPP, Crime Stoppers, the Town of Collingwood and various community groups on an initiative to eradicate and paint out graffiti in the Downtown core of Collingwood. This project was instrumental in engaging stakeholders, volunteers and the community and will assist with boosting community and organizational support for other, perhaps larger challenges facing downtown Collingwood.”

The Connect Downtown Management Committee is committed to working together to identify the issues confronting the downtown and to learn as much as possible about the local economic and social situation of our community and as such, is proud to have received this award and accepts it on behalf of all of the many groups who made the Great Graffiti Paint Out initiative possible. Project Coordinator, Paula Lehr explains that “…the Great Graffiti Paint Out was successful due to the overwhelming support from many local downtown businesses, building owners, and our sponsors, Crime Stoppers, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Town of Collingwood Department Heads and Staff combined with the hard work of the local high schools and youth volunteers.”

For more information about Connect Downtown, please contact Paula Lehr, Coordinator, at plehr@collingwood.ca or 705.445.8441 ext 3712
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