Community Spirit Awards

Image of the 2016 Community Spirit Awards recipients.

Celebrating 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 following individuals and groups 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.

Award categories

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.

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.

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.

Heritage 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 the Town of 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.

The 2016 awards were 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

Nominees, sponsors and supporters are invited attend the annual awards ceremony 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