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.
For a more information about the winners and a full list of the nominees, open the 2019 Community Spirit Awards program (PDF).
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.
All award nominees must demonstrate:
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.
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.
Recognizes an individual or organization that, through their volunteerism, has contributed to nurturing and enhancing the arts in 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.
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.
Recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding volunteer contribution towards improving the well-being of Oakville residents of any age group.
Recognizes a senior individual or group (65 years and older) that has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Oakville community.
Recognizes a youth individual or group (18 years and under) that has made positive contributions towards enriching Oakville’s quality of life.
For more information, please contact Julie Pennal, Community Spirit Awards Chair at 905-845-6601, ext. 3978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.