Community Spirit Awards

We all have friends and colleagues who spend countless hours volunteering and supporting the many activities of our diverse community. The Community Spirit Awards celebrate this generous spirit that is evident all around. What better way to acknowledge the contributions made than to nominate them for an Oakville Community Spirit Award!

Visit the 2014 Community Spirit Awards photo gallery page.

Celebrating Oakville's 2014 Community Champions!

The following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community at the 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 11, 2014, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre:

  • Adam Spencer, Access Award sponsored by MEDIchair Halton
  • Susan Forde, Arts Award sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
  • Bank of Montreal, Environmental Award sponsored by Tim Hortons
  • Friends of the Oakville Public Library, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by Sun Life Financial
  • Philip Brimacombe, Heritage and History Awards sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Ruth Johnston, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Oakville
  • Children in Action, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank


Congratulations go out to the following individuals and organizations that have been nominated for their dedication and commitment to the Oakville community!

  • Acclaim Health Alzheimer Day Program Volunteers
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Martha Bingham
  • Flora Bishop
  • Philip Brimacombe
  • Children in Action
  • Patricia Decker
  • Paul Doherty
  • Colleen Dugard
  • Susan Forde
  • Friends of the Oakville Public Library
  • Katherine Harrop
  • Dana Harvey
  • Ruth Johnston
  • Barbara Joan Matters
  • Kyle Morrison
  • Kathy O'Donnell
  • Linda Roberts
  • Adam Spencer
  • St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School
  • Mark Stephenson
  • The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
  • Helena Thompson
  • West River Residents Association Rink Team

Award categories

Access Award, sponsored by MEDIchair

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.

Environmental Award, sponsored by Tim Hortons

Recognizes an individual or organization whose outstanding voluntary contribution of environmental stewardship has helped to enhance or protect Oakville's environment.

Group Volunteer Award, sponsored by Sun Life Financial

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 and History Award, sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada

Recognizes an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to Oakville’s heritage and history 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 Oakville

Recognizes a Senior (65 years and older) or group 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.

Submission requirements

  • All nominees must dedicate their volunteer time to an Oakville organization.
  • Previous nominations will be accepted as long as the application form (pdf, 143 kB) is updated.
  • Past recipients can be re-nominated but only in a different award category.

Selection criteria

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 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. Information gathered through the nomination process will be used to: develop a profile of the nominee, celebrate the nominees, and promote the Oakville Community Spirit Awards event.

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Thank you to our 2014 Community Spirit Award Sponsors


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