Community Spirit Awards

Celebrating Oakville's 2018 Community Champions!

17th Annual Oakville Community Spirit Awards

Every year Oakville residents spend countless hours volunteering their time to make our town a better place to live, work and play.

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 17th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 14, 2018, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre:

Community Spirit Award winners

Community Spirit Award winners

2018 Community Spirit Award recipients

  • Terry Bayley, Access Award sponsored by Access Abilities
  • Rena Sava, Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
  • Siemens Canada Limited, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Susan Wells, Heritage Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Kristin Courtney, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Fitzie James, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
  • Lana Hekmat, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

For a more information about the winners and a full list of the nominees, open the Community Spirit Awards program book (pdf).

Chris Mei, television host of the Weather Network, was the emcee for the evening, entertaining the audience while sponsors handed out the awards. Each recipient received a one-of-a-kind award created by artist Katie Fortier.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

2017 Community Spirit Award Champions

The following individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community at the 16th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 7, 2017, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre:

  • Bingo Rivera, Access Award – sponsored by Access Abilities
  • William Smith, Arts Award – sponsored by The Oakville Beaver
  • The Oakville Rotaract Club, Group Volunteer Award – sponsored by the Town of Oakville
  • Mary Davidson, Heritage Award – sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Jan Tingle, Individual Volunteer Award – Sponsored by Paradiso Restaurant
  • Peter Lowes, Senior Award – sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
  • Aiza Abid, Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
  • Marica Pinnock, Youth Award – sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

For more information about the winners and a full list of the nominees, open the Community Spirit Awards program book (pdf).

The 2017 Community Spirit Awards were 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.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Nancy Beddoe, Community Spirit Awards Chair at 905-845-6601, ext. 3976 or csa@oakville.ca.

Thank you to our 2018 Community Spirit Award Sponsors

Access Abilities, Access Award sponsor

Access Abilities, Access Award sponsor

Oakville Beaver, Arts Award sponsor

Oakville Beaver, Arts Award sponsor

Town of Oakville, Group Volunteer Award sponsor

Town of Oakville, Group Volunteer Award sponsor

Genworth Canada, Heritage Award sponsor

Genworth Canada, Heritage Award sponsor

Paradiso Restaurant, Individual Volunteer Award sponsor

Paradiso Restaurant, Individual Volunteer Award sponsor

Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence, Senior Award sponsor

Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence, Senior Award sponsor

RBC Royal Bank, Youth Award sponsor

RBC Royal Bank, Youth Award sponsor