Community Spirit Awards

Image of the 2016 Community Spirit Awards recipients.Celebrating Oakville's 2017 Community Champions!

16th 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 2017 Nominees are...

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

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:

  • Bingo Rivera

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:

  • Diana Isherwood
  • Brenda Smith
  • William Smith
  • Wanyu Zhao

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 Guys Who Care Oakville
  • Bronte Harbour Yacht Club
  • KSM’s Souper Kitchen Team
  • May Court Club of Oakville
  • Syrian Settlement Committee of St. Andrew’s Church
  • The Oakville Rotaract Club

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:

  • Mary Davidson

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:

  • Janet Barber
  • Carol Crowe
  • Stephen Dankowich
  • Dennis Ford
  • Julie Gladu
  • Anne Lamont
  • Kelly Luscombe
  • Carilyn McNaught
  • Lynn Pike
  • Jan Tingle
  • Haileigh Walsh
  • Barry Wylie

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. The nominees are:

  • Clare Henderson
  • Carol Kelley
  • Margaret Larson
  • Peter Lowes
  • Alex and Jean Mason
  • Ralph Wallace

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:

  • Aiza Abid
  • Marica Pinnock
  • Michelle Rubach
  • Sydney Turner
  • Teen Tech Team
  • David Vidican
  • Wanyu Zhao

The winners will be announced at the Community Spirit Awards ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre located at 2302 Bridge Road. Tickets for the event are available for $15 each through the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit the Oakville Centre website or call the box office at 905-815-2021, Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no reserved seating for this event.

The 2017 Community Spirit Awards will be 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.


More Information

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 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 Wednesday, June 7, 2017 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.


2016 Community Spirit Award champions

The following individuals and groups (pictured above, front row) were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community at the 15th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 8, 2016, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre:

  • Nicky Lawson, Access Award sponsored by Access Abilities
  • Dawne Rudman, Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
  • BusiWomen, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Greg Munz, Heritage Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • James Montague, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Fred Drews, Senior Award sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Matteo Esposito, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Check out the full list of our 2016 nominees.

The 2016 awards were designed by local furniture and wood-working artists Joseph Bauman and Dayna Gedney.


Thank you to our 2017 Community Spirit Award Sponsors