Monday, December 22, 2014

Awards

2013 Award for Arts and Culture presented in Washington DC by SCI and the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries

The 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference was jointly hosted by Sister Cities International and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Washington, DC, March 26-28, 2014. Mary Kane, Sister Cities International President and CEO, presented a welcome speech at the opening reception at the
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Her counterpart, Xie Yuan, Chinese People’s Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries President, expressed his congratulations for U.S.-China sister cities programs and the great efforts and achievements of the past 35 years.

 During the three day conference panel discussions and workshops covered topics including community engagement programs, planning effective exchanges, energy and sustainable development and education exchanges that were held for community leaders and local governments.  Business representatives also discussed and shared their experience and strategies on building commercial and economic exchanges. A mayors panel and buisness panel highlighted the strategies and opportunities to build business relationships between the U.S. and China across different economic sectors.

The 35th anniversary U.S.-China Sister Cities awards dinner was held in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Chengdu and Phoenix were honored for their distinguished sister cities program and took home the award for arts & culture. Chengdu Vice Mayor Zuo Zheng was joined by Ms. Li Li, Vice Chairwoman of the Chengdu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Ms. Zhao Ling, Secretary General of the Chengdu People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries,who traveled all the way from Chengdu to attend the conference.  Traveling from Phoenix were Phoenix Sister Cities Chengdu
Committee Chairman Al Yee, Phoenix Sister Cities board member Allan Yang, Phoenix Sister Cities deputy
director Rick Gerrard, and Phoenix Sister Cities intern Grace Gao. 


 

2012 Friendship City Award for Communications and Cooperation in China

During the  first convention of the International Sister Cities Tourism Alliance (ISCTA), an organization established during the 2011 Chengdu International Sister Cities conference as a means for Chengdu and its various sister cities to mutually promote each other’s tourism industries Phoenix Sister Cities Executive Director Paula West, accepted a joint award recognizing the quality and success of the relationship that has been developed between Phoenix and Chengdu as sister cities.



2010 Disability Advocacy Award

Phoenix Sister Cities was pleased to accept the 2010 Disability Advocacy Award for the 8th time. The award was a testament to the creativity and hard work that the Disabilities Awareness Committee dedicates to the organization of two outstanding international events: the International Competition for Artists with Disabilities and the International Competition with Writers with Disabilities. Both of these outstanding events attract entries from throughout great Phoenix metropolitan area as well as international entries from Phoenix's sister cities. Both events are now held annually.



2009 Innovation Award in Youth and Education

On July 31, 2009, at the Sister Cities International 2009 Awards Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission was selected to receive the Innovation: Youth and Education Award.The award for a population greater than 500,000 was awarded for the commission’s work and contribution over the past year.



2009 Volunteer of the Year Award

For the first time, Phoenix Sister Cities was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award when past-president and longtime Board member and volunteer, Carol Seidberg, was presented the honor at the 2009 Sister Cities International Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Seidberg has been involved with Phoenix Sister Cities since 1999 and played a key role in the establishment of two sister city relationships: Catania, Italy and Ramat-Gan, Israel. Carol and her husband Ken have given both time and treasure to the organization, donating over $100,000 over the years. They have traveled abroad with Phoenix Sister Cities on twelve occasions. Carol served for seven years on the Board of Directors and served for one year as president. She chaired the By-laws Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. She has been a powerful advocate for Phoenix Sister Cities for over a decade.


 
TOLMUN 2008 Outstanding Delegation

The Phoenix Sister Cities delegation to the TOLMUN Model UN conference in Toluca, Mexico was named Outstanding Delegation for their performance at the conference. The group, comprised of students from Phoenix high schools, was selected for their effort in the international conference which included delegations from Fort Worth, TX., Luxembourg, Germany and Mexico. The competition was held from October 20 to October 22, 2008. The Phoenix delegates to TOLMUN were selected based on their outstanding service as members of Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program. In addition to the group award, Cassie Gannon and Caitlan Spencer were named Best Delegate for their respective committees, while Billy Mask and Lindsey Walker received honorable mention.


 
2008 Best Summer Vacation
The Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Exchange Program was honored as "Best Summer Vacation" of 2008 by the Phoenix New Times in its annual "Best Of" issue. The magazine, which was published September 25, recognized the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program for the diversity and freedom that it offers, Diversity for many Valley teens means going to a mall and watching the world walk by. But some kids are lucky enough to escape town for the summer. Some ambitious adolescents will go far. The "Best Summer Vacation" award can be found on page 79 of the New Times Best of Phoenix 2008 edition, or online here.


 
2007 Best Overall Program
Phoenix Sister Cities was the recipient of the award for Best Overall Program in the United States for cities with populations of 500,000 and over. This award, the most prestigious given by Sister Cities International, recognized Phoenix Sister Cities for innovative exchanges with projects like the Bellini Opera Engagement and the enhanced Youth Ambassador Exchange Program as well as outstanding events like WorldFEST featuring all ten sister cities. It also recognizes excellent local program governance and the participation of numerous volunteers in the promotion of international cooperation and friendship. This represents the 7th time in the past 18 years that Phoenix Sister Cities has received the top award.


 
2007 Disability Advocacy Award
Phoenix Sister Cities was the recipient of the 2007 award for Disability Advocacy. This award was the result of two major projects in calendar year 2007: the 2nd Annual International Competition for Artists with Disabilities; and, a workshop on brain trauma given in Hermosillo, Mexico to a total of over 80 therapists. The award also is a product of an adaptive toy distribution targeted to disabled children in Hermosillo. The Disabilities Awareness Committee of Phoenix Sister Cities has now been recognized 7 times in the past 10 years with this well deserved award.
 


2006 50th Anniversary Award
The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission was a recipient of the Sister Cities International 50th Anniversary Award at the July 2006 conference of Sister Cities International in Washington, DC. The award recognized sister city programs that demonstrated long-term commitment and sustainability of their sister city programs. Community submissions were evaluated on the number and quality of exchange programs that emphasized the role of volunteers as leaders in public diplomacy; comprehensive participation from the community in exchanges and events diverse in scope; and the consistent involvement of local government in the sister city program.



2006 Best International Delegation

Phoenix Youth Ambassadors bring home the award for the Mejor Delegacion Internacional (Best International Delegation). A group of six outstanding 2006 Phoenix Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors and Youth and Education Program Manager, Misty Cisneros traveled far south of the border to participate in the VIII TOLMUN INTERNATIONAL (Toluca Model of United Nations). The conference was a simulation of the United Nations (UN) system, where students assumed the role of delegates at the UN and debated relevant affairs on the current agenda of this organization. Through diplomacy and negotiation, students adopted the official position of the country they are representing. They faced complex worldwide issues, such as the environment and sustainable development, empowerment, ethnic conflicts, refugees, peacekeeping, disarmament, terrorism, corruption, human rights, etc. The objective was to reach consensus in the resolution of global problems. Participation in such a conference provided the delegates with the necessary tools to analyze and discern historical and contemporary facts, besides allowing and promoting a critical thinking towards historical and contemporary facts. TOLMUN promoted a diplomatic learning process where the attendees obtained simultaneous and spontaneous knowledge and values which would be very difficult to acquire in a different environment. Among the activities that more than 350 students performed during this three day event included dialogue, debate, structure resolutions, veto, and achieving consensus. Two individual honors were also received by members of the Phoenix delegation. Both Stacey Wilkinson of North Canyon High School and CJ Kessler of Arcadia High School were recognized as outstanding delegates for their extraordinary participation in the conference. The Phoenix delegation was well received by all the other participants in the conference from various cities in Mexico, United States and Germany. Selection to be a part of the delegation was based upon Youth Ambassador outstanding performance during the 2006 Youth Ambassador program. Students were home hosted by Toluca families and were able to experience Mexican culture with new Mexican friends. The delegates participated in local excursions including festivals, sight seeing in Mexico City and a local concert. Members of the award winning delegation included:

 

  • Stephanie Bacher, Shadow Mountain High School (Calgary)
  • Ryne Barry, Thunderbird High School (Himeji)
  • Kimberly Delnoce, Arcadia High School (Prague)
  • Carlos Hernandez, Washington High School (Chengdu)
  • CJ Kessler, Arcadia High School (Taipei)
  • Stacey Wilkinson, North Canyon High School (Taipei)



2005 Best Overall Program
At the Sister Cities International conference, Phoenix Sister Cities received the Best Overall Program Award in the category of U.S. cities with more than 500,000 people. This award is in recognition of an outstanding sister city for its effective program administration, variety of exchanges offered and overall efforts to improve international cooperation and understanding.



2005 Innovation Award for Sustainable Development

At the Sister Cities International conference, Phoenix Sister Cities received the Innovation Award for Sustainable Development in the field of municipal cooperation. This award is in recognition of Phoenix Sister Cities participation with other cities in sharing information and cooperating on issues of mutual concern. Phoenix Sister Cities has continued to cooperate with the Phoenix Police and Fire Department by hosting a delegation from Chengdu, China. This delegation was treated to an in-depth look at the local fire departments as well as public safety program.


 


2005 The National Organization on Disability Award

At the Sister Cities International conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the National Organization on Disability award. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Awareness Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


2004 Best Overall Program

At the 49th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Best Overall Program Award in the category of U.S. cities with more that 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of an outstanding sister city for its effective program administration, variety of exchanges offered and overall efforts to improve international cooperation and understanding.


 


2004 Innovation Award for Sustainable Development

At the 49th annual Sister Cities International conference, the Phoenix Sister Cites Commission received the Innovation Award for Sustainable Development in the field of municipal cooperation. This award is in recognition of PSCC's participation with other cities in sharing information and cooperating on issues of mutual concern. PSCC recently cooperated with the Phoenix Police and Fire Department in presenting a 5-member delegation from Chengdu, China to various public safety departments and facilities throughout Phoenix.


 


2004 The National Organization on Disability Award

At the 49th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the National Organization on Disability award. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Awareness Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


2003 Innovation Award for Education

At the 48th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Innovation Award for Education in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of achievements in the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, International Young Artist Competition, Global Connections World Technology Conference, Short-Term Teacher Exchange and the Long-Term Teach Abroad.


 


2002 Innovation Award for Economic Development

At the 47th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Innovation Award for Economic Development in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of achievements in creating unique opportunities for Phoenix citizens to connect as business leaders, educators, public officials, private citizens and students with outstanding, like-minded citizens of our sister cities throughout the world.


 


2002 Innovation Award for Sport Exchanges

At the 47th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Innovation Award for Sport Exchanges in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of achievements in our first-ever participation in the Taipei Dragon Boast Festival in Taipei, Taiwan.



2001 Best Overall Program

At the 46th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Best Overall Program Award in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of an outstanding sister city for its effective program administration, variety of exchanges offered and overall efforts to improve international cooperation and understanding.


 


2001 The National Organization on Disability Award

The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the National Organization on Disability award for the second year running. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Ad Hoc Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


2001 Innovation Award for Economic Development

At the 46th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Innovation Award for Economic Development in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of achievements in creating unique opportunities for Phoenix citizens to connect as business leaders, educators, public officials, private citizens and students with outstanding, like-minded citizens of our sister cities throughout the world.
 

 


2000 The National Organization on Disability Award

The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the National Organization on Disability award for the second year running. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Ad Hoc Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


2000 Innovation Award for Economic Development

At the 45th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Innovation Award for Economic Development in the category of U.S. cities with more than 300,000 people. This award is in recognition of achievements in creating unique opportunities for Phoenix citizens to connect as business leaders, educators, public officials, private citizens and students with outstanding, like-minded citizens of our sister cities throughout the world.


 


1999 Best Overall Program

At the 44th annual Sister Cities International Conference, the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received the Best Overall Program Award in the category of U.S. cities with more than 30,000 people. This award is in recognition of an outstanding sister city for its effective program administration, variety of exchanges offered and overall efforts to improve international cooperation and understanding.


1999 The National Organization on Disability Award

The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received The National Organization on Disability award for the second year running. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Ad Hoc Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


1998 The National Organization on Disability Award

The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received The National Organization on Disability award. This award is in recognition of PSCC's innovative projects and Disabilities Ad Hoc Committee that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in international cooperation and sister cities activities.


 


1997 Best Overall Program for Youth and Education
The Phoenix Sister Cities Commission received a Best Overall Award in the category of "Best Youth Program" from Sister Cities International for involving youth in organizational activities with all sister cities, specifically the Youth Ambassador Exchange Program, the Chengdu Educational Exchange Programs and Girl's Day.


 


1996 Special Achievement for Education

Sister Cities International presented this award for excellence in Education. Through the efforts of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission and several innovative teachers at South Mountain High School, students at the inner-city school were able to explore the world around them through the Internet, participate in PSCC/Chengdu Committee events and host students from China. This project was funded from the proceeds of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates' book, The Road Ahead.


 


1996 Best Overall Program

For the third time, Sister Cities International recognizes Phoenix and their affiliates for the continuance of an exceptional program that demonstrates, at all levels, continuing activity, citizen involvement, and imagination in a wide range of exchange projects.

 



1995 Special Achievement Award for Trade & Tourism Development

Sister Cities International recognizes U.S. cities that have developed unique exchange projects that contribute to the growth and expansion of a local sister cities program. PSCC, in cooperation with the Maricopa Community District Colleges, the Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Office, and the Phoenix corporate community, received this award for the establishment of the Chengdu Training Program.

 

1995 Phoenix Education Partnership Honor Roll
The Phoenix Excellence in Education Commission placed PSCC on the Phoenix Education Partnership Honor Roll in recognition of the Youth Ambass
ador Exchange Program's outstanding effort and involvement in education partnerships.


 


1994 Best Overall Program

This award represents Sister Cities International's recognition of U.S. cities and their affiliates that have demonstrated, at all levels, continuing activity, citizen involvement, and imagination in a wide range of exchange projects.


 


1993 Special Achievement for Cultural Exchange

Sister Cities International presented this award in recognition of Phoenix's contribution to international understanding through cultural exchanges with Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and the increase in value of its exchange activities resulting from Viva Hermosillo Days held in Phoenix in 1992.


 


1991 Special Achievement for Cultural Awareness

Phoenix received this Sister Cities International award for cultural awareness in recognition of coordinating the 100 member Taipei City Symphony's U.S. debut and participation in Chinese Week 1990.


 


1989 Best Single Project

Sister Cities International recognizes U.S. cities for the development and implementation of a significant project that shows imagination for the furtherance of the local program and the community. Phoenix was presented this award for Japan Week 1989.