Community Spirit Awards

Nominations are now closed for the 18th Annual Oakville Community Spirit Awards

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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.

Nominees will be recognized at the Community Spirit Awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, June 6 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre. Additional tickets can be purchased for $15 each and will go on sale soon!

2018 Community Spirit Award winners

2018 Community Spirit Award winners

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


2018 Community Spirit Award recipients

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:

  • 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.


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