Oakville residents spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play. Oakville Community Spirit Awards are presented annually to individuals, organizations, businesses and community groups who have demonstrated ongoing leadership, dedication and involvement in Oakville.
The nominees are...
Congratulations to the following individuals, organizations, businesses, and community groups (some received multiple nominations) who have been nominated for their positive impact on the Oakville community through volunteer efforts or acts of kindness.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Award – sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
- Bonnie Glass – Wearable Art Show
- Bronte Historical Society
- Carlene Ling aka Vanda Li
- Grant Foster
- Margaret Catley
- Marie Decker
- Oakville Diwali Committee
- Oakville Symphony Orchestra
- Reem Al-Rawi
- Steve Bysouth
- Sybil Rampen
- Wendy Donnan – Oakville Festivals of Film and Art (OFFA)
Climate Action – sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union
- Hannah Kohler
- Mervyn Russell
Good Neighbour Award – sponsored by Chartwell Retirement Residences
- Brenda O’Connor
- Bruce Pellowe
- Cecelia Lovelock
- Kim Melhuish – Food Bank Friday Team
- Leslie Osborne
- Penny Smith
- Shelley Thornborrow
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Award – sponsored by Access Abilities
- Gennile Thomas-Smith
- Julia Hanna
- Lynn Pike
- Marlyne Van Exan
- Nic Hotchkiss
- Seniors Working Action Group
Inspiration Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
- Danny Foran
- Debbie Suleman
- Desmond Jordan – Make a Great Pass Equipment Organization
- Fabio de Rango
- Jack Kukolic
- Jeannie Garton
- June Lee
- Kacy Zhang
- Kent Stirling
- Lionel Latter
- Lorna Van de Mosselaer
- Margaret Larson
- Patrick Gorman
Leadership and Innovation Award – sponsored by Amica Seniors Lifestyles
- Grant Foster
- Matthew Aslett and Tony Ceelen
- Narine Dat Sookram
- Sundeep Khosla
Recipients will be honoured on Thursday, June 8
This year's celebration will be held at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and guests will be welcomed by a quartet from the Oakville Youth Symphony. The awards ceremony, starting at 7 p.m., will be followed by a reception with sweets and treats.
Tickets will be available to the public on May 23, while tickets last. If you need assistance, please call the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts at 905-815-2021 (Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
This year’s awards have been designed by local artist Rafia Shafiq, who specializes in phulkari embroidery. The embroidered work will be presented to each award recipient at the event, which will be emceed again by Weather Network host Chris Mei. Flowers have been graciously sponsored by Gateman-Milloy.
New awards categories
Thanks to feedback received from the community last fall, the program has been refreshed to include broader awards categories that celebrate residents and stakeholders from all walks of life who make a difference in their community through volunteer efforts or acts of kindness.
Arts, Culture & Heritage Award
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the artistic and/or cultural community of the Town of Oakville through the development, support, conservation or promotion of local heritage, culture, music, visual, performing, or literary arts.
Climate Action Award
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who have demonstrated environmental leadership by making significant voluntary contributions to the sustainability, protection, conservation, or beautification of Oakville’s natural and built environments.
Good Neighbour Award
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who have made significant contributions in their neighbourhood by showing kindness, instilling community pride, or ensuring public safety to make Oakville a better place to live, work and play.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility Award
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who have made significant voluntary contribution, beyond legislated requirements, to make Oakville a more inclusive community regardless of visible/invisible disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, income, etc.
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who advocate for others, motivate the community, or have had an inspirational influence on others.
Leadership & Innovation Award
Recognizes outstanding individuals, businesses or organizations who exemplify leadership or innovation, and inspire others to work collaboratively and respectfully to enhance the quality of life of others.
All award nominees must:
- Dedicate their time to an Oakville organization or have made a difference in Oakville.
- Demonstrate one or more town corporate values (accountability, dedication, honesty, innovation, respect, teamwork).
- Address a challenge or identify a priority in the Oakville community, as it relates to the award category.
- Provide specific examples that demonstrate how the person/organization has made a significant impact/positive benefit in the community through their actions and activities. Review these sample nominations to help guide and inspire nominators when they are ready to submit their own Community Spirit Award nomination.
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.
- Oakville Public Library
- Public Engagement Hub