Community Spirit Awards

Celebrate Oakville's 2015 Community Champions!

14th 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. What better way to acknowledge their contribution than to nominate them for an Oakville Community Spirit Award!

Nominate a community champion now! Complete the online nomination form today. The nomination form is also available in printable pdf format (pdf, 2 MB). Hard copy nomination forms can be picked up at Town Hall and all town-owned recreation and culture facilities.

Nomination checklist

Only completed nomination packages will be accepted. A complete nomination package must include:

  • A completed nomination form.
  • A nomination statement that summarizes in approximately 250 words the nominee’s significant contributions or achievements in the award category selected. Read sample nomination statement.
  • At least one testimonial or reference, as well as any media articles in direct support of the nomination. Read sample testimonials.

Submission requirements

  • All nominees must dedicate their volunteer time to an Oakville organization.
  • Previous nominations will be accepted as long as the application form 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.
  • Submissions will not be accepted after the nomination deadline of Monday, April 13, 2015.
  • 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.

The recognition process

Recipients and their nominators will be notified in writing and invited to attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 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.

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 Whole Foods Market

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 Amica at Oakville

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.

2014 Community Spirit Award winners

Outstanding achievements in volunteerism were celebrated at the 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre on June 11, 2014. Congratulations to:

  • Adam Spencer, Access Award 
  • Susan Forde, Arts Award 
  • Bank of Montreal, Environmental Award
  • Friends of the Oakville Public Library, Group Volunteer Award 
  • Philip Brimacombe, Heritage and History Awards
  • Ruth Johnston, Senior Award
  • Children in Action, Youth Award 

Visit the 2014 Community Spirit Awards photo gallery page for images of the event.

Thank you to our 2015 Community Spirit Award Sponsors