This is the first time the Real Estate Foundation has held an awards program and it should be an event well worth attending. I will be there since I was pleased to be invited to be one of the judges, along with Gary Runka, Moira Quayle, and a few others who will be there to present awards.
I will share some secrets. The jury was very, very diverse. I was the only architect and developer...the others were an agrologist, landscape architect, leader of the Enviromental Youth Alliance, etc. Furthermore, there were a lot more submissions than any of us expected. In order to facilitate the jurying process, we each had to evaluate all the submissions in the weeks leading up to the jurying date.
However, when we finally got together, we were astounded to discover that in nearly all cases, we were unanimous on the selections. Gary Runka , (one of the principal creators of the ALR and the first GM of the Agricultural Land Commission) and I agreed on 8 of 9 selections. In the past 35 years, we have hardly ever agreed on anything!
It should be a gratifying and entertaining evening. Kennedy is an impressive thinker and speaker, and Gary Mason is still on a roll from his successes at the Webster Awards. While the event is almost sold out, at the time of writing I am told there are some tickets left.
I hope you can join us.