It was a very proud moment for pivotal when the International Association of Facilitators awarded the Gisborne District Council and Sheryl Smail a Gold Facilitation Impact Award (FIA) for the development of the Wainui Beach Erosion Management Strategy. Oceania Regional Director Nick Housego presented the award at a Gisborne District Council meeting.
The IAF’s Facilitation Impact Awards are the most prestigious international awards in the world for demonstrations of facilitation excellence. One of only 9 Gold Awards internationally.
Sheryl said “I was really impressed with the Council project team’s real commitment to effectively engage the community. It was great to be involved right from the outset of planning to assist in getting true engagement. As a result, the Council and community agreed a Key Stakeholder Forum and a formal consensus decision process. A Sub-Group did the detailed work with Council staff, making recommendations back to the broader Forum at key decision points.”