We’re looking for Oakville’s shining stars! Every year Oakville residents spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play. We want to hear about these outstanding individuals and groups, share their stories, and celebrate their success.
Nominations are now open for the 17th Annual Community Spirit Awards recognizing outstanding individuals, groups and businesses. Nomination forms are available at all town recreation facilities, Town Hall and Oakville Public Library branches, or complete the online 2018 Community Spirit Awards nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in the following award categories:
Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations that have made or are making a significant or ongoing voluntary contribution, beyond legislated requirements, to the well-being and advancement of people with disabilities.
Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
Recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in Oakville.
Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by the Town of Oakville
Recognizes a group of three or more individuals who have come together to volunteer their time toward a shared goal/activity or event involving leadership, innovation and creativity. Activities or events can benefit all ages.
Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
Recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Oakville by aiding in the preservation and celebration of Oakville’s natural, built or cultural heritage.
Individual Volunteer Award – Sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
Recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution towards improving the well-being of Oakville residents of any age group.
Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
Recognizes a senior individual or group (65 years and older) that has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Oakville community.
Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Recognizes a youth individual or group (18 years and under) that has made positive contributions towards enriching Oakville’s quality of life.
All award nominees must demonstrate:
- Special or unique qualities that highlight how the person/organization has made a difference in the community;
- Leadership, dedication, innovation and creativity; and
- Long-term benefits or impact to the community.
The selection process
A Selection Committee consisting of Council members and community leaders will review each nomination and select the recipients. The Selection Committee reserves the right to move a nomination to a more appropriate category, if necessary. All decisions made by the Selection Committee are final.
The recognition process
Recipients will be notified in writing and invited to attend the awards ceremony on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. Nominees, whether group or individual, will receive one complimentary ticket to attend the reception. Additional tickets can be purchased.
For more information, please contact Nancy Beddoe, Community Spirit Awards Chair at 905-845-6601, ext. 3976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Community Spirit Award Champions
The following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community at the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 7, 2017, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre:
- Bingo Rivera, Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities
- William Smith, Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
- The Oakville Rotaract Club, Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by the Town of Oakville
- Mary Davidson, Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
- Jan Tingle, Individual Volunteer Award – Sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
- Peter Lowes, Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
- Aiza Abid, Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
- Marica Pinnock, Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
For a more information about the winners and a full list of the nominees, open the Community Spirit Awards program book (pdf).
The 2017 Community Spirit Awards were designed by local illustrator, designer and portrait artist Emily Soden. Emily works closely with oil, acrylic scratchboard and pencils, but her favourite mediums are watercolour and ink. Her commissions are inspired by nature and animals, often showcased as recurring themes in her work.