qathet Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer awarded Local Government Management Association Leadership Award

qathet, BC – The qathet Regional District is pleased to announce that the Local Government Management Association (LGMA) has awarded Chief Administrative Officer, Al Radke with the LGMA Professional Service – Leadership Award.

(Photo: Curtis Helgesen, LGMA President, awards Al Radke, Chief Administrative Officer, with LGMA Professional Service – Leadership Award)


The LGMA Professional Service – Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding leadership achievements, and has dedicated significant time and effort resulting in the reinforcement of the positive role of local government through service to the community, and professional peers.


Al is recognized for his dedication and unwavering commitment to ensuring the respect and safety of his staff, while championing significant organizational transformations and accomplishments including but not limited to:


  • Realignment of organizational structure and position accountability to prevent staff burnout.
  • Empowering staff for continuous improvement, and showcasing best practices and regulatory requirement compliance to ensure sustainable service delivery.
  • Supporting the organization with work-life balance through the implementation of improved workplace safety, and comprehensive worker benefits for both physical and mental health.
  • Ensuring sufficient resources to maintain downloaded responsibilities from the Provincial government.
  • Remediation of the old incinerator contaminated site on Marine Ave to the state-of-the-art, and award winning Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Supported the successful $6 million grant award from the UBCM Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF), and the successful grant applications for over $1 million from the Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program (REDIP) to additionally support site remediation and construction of the Resource Recovery Centre.
  • Promoting a successful grant application through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) to support the substantial upgrades to the Lund Waterworks System up to a total of $11 million.
  • Establishing new services including Social Planning, Heritage Conservation, and Sub-Regional Recreation.
  • Playing a pivotal role in fostering and maintaining relationships with First Nations.

“On behalf of the qathet Regional District Board, I would like to congratulate Al on this well-deserved, momentous achievement,” said Clay Brander, qathet Regional District Board Chair. “Al’s principled approach, dedication to his staff, and commitment to excellence have strengthened the organization’s resilience and viability, and solidified regional cooperation and collaboration.”


About the Local Government Management Association (LGMA):

The LGMA is a member-funded society dedicated to promoting professional management and leadership excellence in BC local government and to creating awareness of the local government professional’s role in the community. Since 1919, the LGMA has supported excellence in BC local government through education, training, professional development, and networking.


About the qathet Regional District:

The qathet Regional District serves the rural areas from Lund to sḵelhp (Saltery Bay), the City of Powell River, Texada Island, Savary Island, and Lasqueti Island. The qRD provides some services, through contract, to Tla’amin Nation. To learn more please visit




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