Community Spirit Awards

Oakville’s best and brightest volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 18th Annual Community Spirit Awards held June 6 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

Congratulations to our 2019 Community Spirit Award recipients:

  • Judith Elaine Hung and Patrick Lee, Access Award sponsored by Access Abilities
  • Amy McKenzie, Arts Award sponsored by the Oakville Beaver
  • Food for Life Volunteer Group at 271 Kerr Street, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Friendship Luncheon Volunteer Team, Group Volunteer Award sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union
  • Marianne Hawthorne, Heritage Award sponsored by Genworth Financial Canada
  • Roger Balech, Individual Volunteer Award sponsored by the Oakville Community Foundation
  • Janet Bedford, Senior Award sponsored by Chartwell Waterford Retirement Residence
  • Youssef Gendy, Youth Award sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
2019 Community Spirit Award winners

2019 Community Spirit Award winners

For a more information about the winners and a full list of the nominees, open the 2019 Community Spirit Awards program (PDF).

About the artist

Each award recipient will be given a one-of-a-kind artwork by 15-year-old Aiden Lee, an abstract artist, advocate and awareness magnet.

Aiden utilizes different styles and mediums to create bright and bold abstracts that inspire the mind to run free with imagination. Born with multiple diagnoses — Autism, ADHD and Anxiety — Aiden encourages everyone to see from his side of the spectrum.

Since 2017, Aiden has dedicated his time to bring art to students all over Ontario through his "Art from the Heart" initiative. He believes that the power of colour, design, shape, and texture can be used to bridge the gaps in acceptance, ability, and communication. For his efforts, Aiden received the 2019 HDSB Inspire Award and the 2017 YMCA Peace medal award for his work in the community.

Visit aidenlee.net for more information.

Artist Aiden Lee

Artist Aiden Lee

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 FirstOntario Credit Union

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 the Oakville Community Foundation

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.

Questions?

For more information, please contact Julie Pennal, Community Spirit Awards Chair at 905-845-6601, ext. 3978 or csa@oakville.ca.


Thank you to our 2019 Community Spirit Award Sponsors

Access Abilities, Access Award sponsor

Access Abilities, Access Award sponsor

Oakville Beaver, Arts Award sponsor

Oakville Beaver, Arts Award sponsor

First Ontario Credit Union, Group Volunteer Award sponsor

First Ontario Credit Union, Group Volunteer Award sponsor

Genworth Canada, Heritage Award sponsor

Genworth Canada, Heritage Award sponsor

Oakville Community Foundation, Individual Volunteer Award sponsor

Oakville Community Foundation, 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