Community Spirit Awards

Image of the 2015 Community Spirit Awards recipients.

Celebrate Oakville's 2016 Community Champions!

15th Annual Oakville Community Spirit Awards

Please note: Tickets for this event have SOLD OUT!  No tickets will be available at the door. There is no reserved seating for this event. We thank you in adavnce for your cooperation.

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
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:

  • 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
  • BusiWomen
  • 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.


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.

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.

Thank you to our 2016 Community Spirit Award Sponsors