Community Spirit Awards
Celebrate Oakville's 2016 Community Champions!
15th Annual Oakville Community Spirit Awards
We all have friends and colleagues who spend countless hours volunteering and supporting the many activities of our diverse community. This generous spirit is evident all around us.
The 2016 nominees are...
Congratulations go out to the following individuals and organizations
that have been nominated for their dedication and commitment to the
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. The nominees are:
- Nicky Lawson
- Donovan Roossien
- Maple Grove United Church
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. The nominees are:
- Patricia Carrasquilla
- Marda McLean
- Mary Rose and Wade Pitman
- Dawne Rudman
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. The nominees are:
- 100 Women Who Care
- Dossantos Family – Oakville Taekwondo Club
- GE Power and Water Process Technologies
- Mye Japanese Restaurant
- Optimist Club of Oakville
- Souper Kitchen Team
- St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program
- Suite Melody Care
- The Tomato Ladies
- Welcome Team Oakville Hospital
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. The nominees are:
- Greg Munz
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. The nominees are:
- Anna Armstrong
- Leslie Ashworth
- Reese Cooper
- Doris Greening
- Ana Hourahine
- Thera Issawi
- Laura Mang
- Renato Medeiros
- James Montague
- Amalia Voicu
- Amber Wyne
- Chloe Zhou
Senior Award – sponsored by Town of Oakville
Recognizes a senior individual or group (65 years and older) that has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Oakville community. The nominees are:
- Fred Drews
- Grant Foster
- Pam Schwarz
- Lorna Van de Mosselaer
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. The nominees are:
- Kristen Ashworth
- Matteo Esposito
- Julia and Vanessa Silano
The winners will be announced at the Community Spirit Awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. The 2016 awards are designed by local furniture and wood-working artists Joseph Bauman and Dayna Gedney.
Tickets for the event are available for $15 each through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts box office online, or call 905-815-2021, Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no reserved seating for this event.
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.
Information gathered through the nomination process will be used to: develop a profile of the nominee, celebrate the nominees, and promote the Community Spirit Awards event.
The recognition process
Recipients will be notified in writing and invited to attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 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 $15 each.