Awards

The work of Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, our staff, and volunteers has been recognized numerous times over our 45-year history. We appreciate every one!

 
2018 – Certificate of Appreciation to 2018 Maple Ridge Earth Day Planning Committee from Bob D’Eith, Member of BC Legislative Assembly for Maple Ridge-Mission.
 
2017 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award

 
2017 – Leanne Koehn, RMRS Community Engagement, finalist for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Community Spirit
 
2017 – Leanne Koehn, RMRS Community Engagement, named Sustainability Champion at Inaugural Womens Influencer Awards
 
2016 – Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Maple Ridge for contributions to the Green Festival Team
 
2015 – Finalist – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Non-Profit of the Year
 
2015 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability Award

 
2014 – Certificate of Recognition from the Recycling Council of BC
 
2013 – School District 42 Certificate of Appreciation – “Partnerships in Learning”
 
2013 – Certificate of Recognition from Scouts Canada – 1st Haney Cub Scouts 
 
2012 – RMRS Founding Member Candace Gordon named Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s Citizen of the Year“Candace Gordon is the embodiment of the committed volunteer who works tirelessly on projects and causes that are close to her heart and changes a location from a town to a community.”  
 
2012 – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News “A-List Favourite” for Green Business
 
2011-2013 – Call 2 Recycle – Leader in Sustainability
 
2011 – Winner – Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Community Service

2011 RMRS Business Excellence Award for Community Service 2011 Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award Winners

 
2004 – School District 42 Community Service Award
 
2002 – Special Mention – Communities in Bloom 

“In 1972 a local project was launched in Maple Ridge to explore the new “fad” of recycling. Today the RMRS has developed to the point where in June 2002 they adopted “A Plan for Zero Waste”. In order to achieve this objective they have launched an extensive educational program. They encouraged municipal and provincial governments, business and industry to adopt policies and practices to make zero waste a reality. The community is buying into the concept. The Society employs in excess of 100 employees with an emphasis on employment opportunities for challenged individuals to become part of the NO waste initiative.”

Presented to the District of Maple Ridge, B.C. at the National Awards Ceremonies

 
2001 – Gift of Appreciation from Alouette River Management Association for assistance with Rivers Day
 
1998 – Communities in Bloom – District of Maple Ridge Named Recipient of 4 Blooms from the 1998 British Columbia Provincial Edition of Communities in Bloom 
 
1998 – Mountain Festival Parade – Best Clean-up Crew
 
1996 – Maple Ridge Chamber of Commerce – Santa Claus Parade – Best Community Entry 
 
1993 – BC Minister of Environment Award

Kelli Speirs & Candace Gordon at Minister of Environment Award Presentation - 1993

From 1993 Legislative transcript:

Hon. J. Cashore: This week has been proclaimed Environment Week in British Columbia. Therefore I would like to invite all members of the House to join me in welcoming and warmly congratulating nine individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions to the environment are being recognized this year through the 1993 minister’s environmental awards. These award recipients will be guests of His Honour the Lieutenant-Governor at a special awards ceremony at Government House this evening…

W.Hartley: I’d like to take an opportunity to extend the Minister of Environment’s speech this afternoon by welcoming a couple of members of my constituency. I do so because of the tremendous impact they’ve had in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area for over ten years. Their commitment and service to the environment has been outstanding. They’ve been leaders for government not only at the municipal and regional levels but also at the provincial level. The public education and hands-on work that they’ve done for recycling in the province needs to be commended. Again, please welcome Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon.

D.Streifel: I ride on with the warm greeting from my colleague from Pitt Meadows in welcoming and thanking Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon. The reason I do this is that their influence on recycling spreads far beyond Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. In fact, they are the reason why the Dewdney-Alouette Regional District is already well on the way to recycling 50 percent of its solid wastes, which is within the minister’s goal. We’re at 25 percent out there, colleagues; we’re way ahead of the rest of the province. Thank you, Kelli Speirs and Candace Gordon.”

 

October 26, 1989 – Letter of Appreciation from Maple Ridge Mayor Bill Hartley 

“Dear Kelli:

Just a note to say how much we appreciate your efforts toward the betterment of our community.

Recycling has taken a leap forward recently and I believe you are responsible.

You are the first person to receive a letter on my 100% recycled paper.

Sincerely,

Bill Hartley”

Presented to Kelli Speirs (Executive Director of RMRS) by Mayor Bill Hartley

 

June 17, 1987 – Greater Vancouver Regional District – Certificate of Appreciation Participation Award

“In appreciation of the significant contribution made to Recycling in the Greater Vancouver Regional District

Presented to Ridge Meadows Recycling Society by the Chairman of the Greater Vancouver Regional District”